Barry UNSWORTH ... The Ruby in Her Navel (2006)
BARRY UNSWORTH’s Pascali’s Island (1980), Sacred Hunger (1992) and Morality Play (1995) were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction; Sacred Hunger was joint winner of the Prize with Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient (1992). His latest novel, The Ruby in Her Navel (Hamish Hamilton, 2006) has been longlisted for the 2006 Booker Prize and stands a very good chance of being shortlisted on September 14, 2006 unless the judges decide to reward new writers. Though set in the distant past, Unsworth’s new novel is reflective of the contemporary global state of affairs. History, as they say, repeats itself. Again and again and again. There’s just no changing the nature of Man.
UNSWORTH Barry [1930-] Novelist. Born Barry Forster Unsworth in Wingate, Durham, England. Novels The Ruby in Her Navel (2006); The Songs of the Kings (2002); Losing Nelson (1999); After Hannibal (1996); Morality Play (1995: shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize for Fiction); Sacred Hunger (1992: joint winner of the 1992 Booker Prize for Fiction); Sugar and Rum (1990); Stone Virgin (1985); Rage of the Vulture (1982); Pascali’s Island (published as The Idol Hunter in the U.S. in 1980) (1980: shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize for Fiction); The Big Day (1976); Mooncranker’s Gift (1973: winner of the 1973 Heinemann Award); The Hide (1970); The Greeks Have a Word for It (1967); The Partnership (1966) Travel Crete (2004)