Western Isles Libraries in Stornoway have won a national competition for the best Golden Man Booker library display!

The Booker Prize Foundation  launched the Golden Man Booker Prize to mark their 50th anniversary. This special one-off award was tocrown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public.

Libraries were asked to participate in the promotion and send in photographs of their displays.

Librarian Kathleen Milne said: “The Reading Agency liaise with publishers to provide libraries with a number of promotions and free marketing materials to promote various books, authors, prizes, etc.

“The Man Booker are very good at providing materials every year and libraries are asked to send photos of their displays to show how they are using the materials.

“We were very surprised – and pleased – that our display was chosen this time.”

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) was crowned the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize.  The Golden Man Booker winner was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre earlier this month.

The winner of this special one-off award for the Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations was chosen by the public.

All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of five specially appointed judges, each of whom was asked to read the winning novels from one decade of the prize’s history, before the books faced a month-long public vote on the Man Booker website.

The judges were: Robert McCrum, who chose In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul for the 1970s; Lemn Sissay, who chose Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively for the 1980s; Kamila Shamsie, who chose The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje for the 1990s; Simon Mayo, who chose Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel for the noughties; and Hollie McNish, who chose Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders for the 2010s.

The judges’ ‘Golden Five’ shortlist was announced at Hay Festival on Saturday 26 May.  The five books were then be put to a month-long public vote to decide the overall winner, announced at the Man Booker 50 Festival on Sunday 8 July.