PAUL Beatty (pictured) an African American writer has become the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize with his racial satirical novel, The Sellout.
Beatty scooped the £50,000 prize that goes with the award in London last night, at a ceremony held at the Guildhall.
The Sellout revolves around the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles.
Commenting on the concept of the novel, Amanda Foreman, chair of the judges, said the book managed “to eviscerate every social taboo”.
Furthermore, she said: “This is a book that nails the reader to the cross with cheerful abandon. But while you are being nailed, you are being tickled.”
The Sellout beat five other novels on the shortlist, including Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing, the bookies’ favourite, and Graeme Macrae Burnet’s Scottish crime thriller His Bloody Project.
Foreman said the judges took about four hours to reach their unanimous decision.
Beatty, who was born in Los Angeles in 1962, is the author of three previous novels titled Slumberland, Tuff and The White Boy Shuffle.