Named the best novel of the last 50 years

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Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, essayist and novelist Michael Ondaatje's bestselling novel The English Patient - which moves between a nurse tending a horribly burned man in an Italian villa at the end of World War II and a tragic love affair from his past - has been crowned best victor of the Booker prize of the last 50 years. The English Patient shared the Man Booker Prize with Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth. The victor was revealed at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.

The judges were Robert McCrum, who choseIn A Free Stateby VS Naipaul for the 1970s, Lemn Sissay, who chose Moon Tigerby Penelope Lively for the 1980s, Kamila Shamsie, who choseThe English Patientby Michael Ondaatje for the 1990s, Simon Mayo, who choseWolf Hallby Hilary Mantel for the noughties, and Hollie McNish, who choseLincoln In The Bardoby George Saunders for the 2010s.

Ondaatje's novel takes place at the end of the Second World War, as a nurse, thief and sapper care for a mysterious nameless man they call the English patient.

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"The English Patient" won the Booker in 1992.

The Golden Booker competition was held this year to mark the award's 50-year anniversary, with a panel of judges to mark a half-century of the prize.

Each of the judges for the Golden Man Booker Prize was allocated a decade from the prize's history and tasked with selecting the best work from it.

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The five selected novels were then put to a public vote. The organizing Committee praised her novel Flights ("Flights"), translated Jennifer Croft.

He said he suspected the 1996 Oscar-winning adaptation of his novel, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Scott Thomas, probably had something to do with the result of the public vote. The film received nine Academy Awards - including Best Picture and Director - at the 69th Academy Awards.

Booker Prize Foundation chair Baroness Helena Kennedy said the story was "a compelling work of fiction".

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