The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK.
English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.
The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade.
From its inception, only Commonwealth, Irish, and Zimbabwean citizens were eligible to receive the prize; in 2013, however, this eligibility was widened to any English language novel.
Commonwealth is a traditional English term for a political community founded for the common good.
The Booker Prize is greeted with great anticipation and fanfare.
It is also a mark of distinction for authors to be selected for inclusion in the shortlist or even to be nominated for the "longlist".