Elthanan John, Nigerian novelist and satirist, has been named among the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.


John was on Friday listed among the five-man panel announced by the organisers of the award.

The Kaduna-born writer and lawyer has been nominated twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing. His debut novel ‘Born on a Tuesday’ was published in 2015.

In 2016, Elnathan John was shortlisted for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s largest literary award, and for the Republic of Consciousness Prize in 2017.


The statement by Man Booker read: “Chaired by Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, the panel consists of writer, translator and president of English PEN Maureen Freely.

“Others are philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs FRSA; novelist and satirist Elnathan John; and essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra.

“The 2019 judging panel will be looking for the best work of translated fiction, selected from entries published in the UK and Ireland between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019.”


The Man Booker International Prize, which was launched in 2005, is an international literary award hosted in the UK.

The award is given annually to a single book in English translation, with a £50,000 prize for the winning title, shared equally between author and translator.

The 2018 prize was won by the Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk, and her translator, Jennifer Croft.


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