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Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright

On behalf of the Booker Prize Foundation, our condolences go out to the Cartwright family on the death of Man Booker International 2011 judge and 1995 Booker Prize shortlisted author Justin Cartwright, on Monday 3 December, aged 73.

Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa, and educated in the United States and at Oxford University. His career began in film and documentary directing, where he wrote the screenplay for his own novel, Look at it This Way (1990), made into a BBC television drama in 1992 starring Kristin Scott Thomas.

In his life he wrote over 18 novels, including 1995 Booker Prize for Fiction shortlisted novel In Every Face I Meet, a comic look at life in 1990s London. It was the same year he also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize.  Cartwright has also written three books of non-fiction, Not Yet Home (1996), This Secret Garden (2008) and Oxford Revisited (2008).

In 2011 Cartwright served as a judge on the Man Booker International Prize panel alongside Rick Gekoski, Carmen Callil.