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Man Booker makes history

Last week, history was made as Paul Beatty became the first American writer to win the Man Booker Prize with The Sellout, a satirical portrait of race relations in modern-day U.S.

Four Colman Getty arranged a star-studded champagne reception and dinner for over 460 people at the Guildhall in London. VIP guests included HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Canadian ambassador, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley, Minister of Culture Matt Hancock, Frances and George Osborne, Dame AS Byatt and actress Fiona Shaw.

Paul Beatty’s win has received a truly international media pick-up. The BBC broadcasted live through the night culminating in a News at Ten interview with Will Gompertz. Paul Beatty immediately trended on Twitter in the UK and has subsequently been interviewed by every major newspaper in the UK and US, and took part in events at Twitter HQ and for the New Statesman. We expect big things for this year’s winner. You find out more about him here.

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