Australia's Flanagan takes Man Booker prize with war story

October 14, 2014 8:55 PM

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LONDON (Reuters) - Australian author Richard Flanagan's "The Narrow Road to the Deep North", set during the building of the Thailand-Burma "Death Railway" in World War Two, won Britain's prestigious 50,000-pound ($79,530) Man Booker literature prize on Tuesday.

Flanagan's sixth novel beat out what jury chairman Anthony Grayling said was a strong short list of six books that for the first time, under a rule change, included works by two Americans - giving rise to fears beforehand that the British prize might come to be dominated by American writers.

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