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Whitehead wins Clarke Award

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The Underground Railroad (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad has been named the 31st winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

After a sometimes fraught few months, there was, in the end, remarkable unity between the Clarke Award and the Shadow Clarke jury, who, earlier the same day, had named The Underground Railroad as their choice.

Whitehead is now in line for a remarkable double, since The Underground Railroad has also appeared on the longlist for the Booker Prize. To date, no book has won both the Clarke Award and the Booker Prize, though the same titles have sometimes appeared on the shortlists of both awards.

The Booker Prize longlist also includes several other books that venture into science fiction and the fantastic, including 4321 by Paul Auster and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

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