Prophet Song by Paul Lynch has been named the winner of the Booker Prize 2023. The author receives £50,000 and was presented with his trophy by Shehan Karunatilaka, the 2022 winner, at a ceremony held at Old Billingsgate, London on Sunday, November 26.
The event was hosted by Samira Ahmed and broadcast live as a special episode of BBC Radio 4 Front Row. It was also livestreamed in an hour-long YouTube programme, hosted by Jack Edwards and featuring interviews with special guests. The ceremony included a keynote speech delivered by Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was released from prison in Tehran last year and described the ways in which books had saved her when she was in solitary confinement.