American writer George Saunders has won the inaugural Folio Prize for his “darkly playful” short story collection, Tenth of December.
The new prize, open to English-language writers from around the world, pre-empts the Man Booker Prize, which this year expands to a global level.
Saunders picked up his £40,000 cheque at a ceremony in central London on Monday night.
The eight-strong shortlist had been dominated by American authors.
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