COMMONWEALTH WRITER'S PRIZE 
FOR 
OVERALL BEST BOOK
1987-2003

AUSTIN CLARKE

The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1987 to reward and encourage the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin. Awarded annually, the Prize is fully international in character and administration. The entries are first assessed by regional panels of judges and the selection of overall winners is made by a "distinguished" panel. Regional awards are made for Africa, Caribbean and Canada, Eurasia, and South East Asia and South Pacific and from them an overall best book is selected.  The prizes are administered by Book Trust in London. Each year the award ceremony is made in a different Commonwealth country.

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2003 Austin Clarke The Polished Hoe
2002 Richard Flanagan Gould's Book of Fish
2001 Peter Carey True History of the Kelly Gang
2000 J.M. Coetzee Disgrace
1999 Murray Bail Eucalyptus
1998 Peter Carey Jack Maggs
1997 Earl Lovelace Salt
1996 Rohinton Mistry A Fine Balance
1995 Louis de Bernieres Captain Corelli's Mandolin
1994 Vikram Seth A Suitable Boy
1993 Alex Miller The Ancestor Game
1992 Rohinton Mistry Such a Long Jpurney
1991 David Malouf The Great World
1990 Mordecai Richler Solomon Gursky
1989 Janet Frame The Carpathians 
1988 Festus Iyayi Heroes
1987 Olive Senior Summer Lightning

 
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