Booker Prize- an English Snobbery
Irvine Welsh, a novelist who doesn’t like Man Booker Prize and isn’t afraid to say so. The Scotchman who has supplied the Scottish experience in novels like “Skagboys” and its prequel,”Trainsporting”, voxes his concerns with United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prize. He issued that the prize’s singular focus is on England and its upper-crust literature.
The Booker Prize is supposed to honor the first-rate fiction from the United Kingdom, Ireland or the Commonwealth nations. Past winners include Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey, and Aravind Adiga. Welsh also claimed that the prize is based on a conception that the upper-class Englishness is the culture yardstick against which all the literature is measured.
Welsh has previously called for Scottish independence, though he seems more of an expression of pride than a realistic political proposal.
Welsh, who has never won the prize, isn’t the first one to criticize the prize’s focus; Julian Barnes one called the Booker “posh bingo”. Then Barnes himself won in 2011 for “The Sense of an Ending” and seems to have happily accepted the prize, proving once again that there is no remedy quite like victory.