Paul Lynch has won the 2023 Booker Prize for his novel Prophet Song. The novel by the Irish author is set in a future Ireland under oppressive rule and explores the impact of civil war on families.
Lynch’s win has been celebrated by the literary community, with many praising his ability to capture the social and political anxieties of our moment so compellingly. The author has previously published five novels, winning several awards in the process.
The Booker Prize jury described Prophet Song as a “harrowing and dystopian” novel that vividly renders a mother’s determination to protect her family as Ireland’s liberal democracy slides inexorably and terrifyingly into totalitarianism. The book has been praised for its ability to capture the social and political anxieties of our moment so compellingly.
The Booker Prize has a reputation for transforming writers’ careers, with previous winners including Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Hilary Mantel. Lynch’s win is expected to bring him international recognition and acclaim, and will likely lead to increased sales of his book. Prophet Song is available for purchase in hardback format. The Booker Prize is a prestigious literary award that is open to novels originally written in English from any country and published in the UK and Ireland.