Julian Barnes is the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his book The Sense of an Ending. He has been nominated three times previously, but this is his first win. He has in the past labelled the prize "posh bingo", and he still agrees with this definition of the competition.
The Man Booker Prize for fiction is awarded to the best full length novel in English published in the Commonwealth (Australian Peter Carey has won it twice). Have a look at this year's shortlist and winner, and see if you can find something to read after the semester winds down:
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt Snowdrops by AD Miller.