Julian Barnes 'relieved and delighted' at winning Booker Prize
18 October 2011 Last updated at 22:11 BST
Julian Barnes has won the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending, having missed out on three previous occasions.
The 65-year-old writer had been the bookmakers' favourite to win.
Barnes thanked the "judges' wisdom" as he was presented with the £50,000 prize at London's Guildhall.
"It is a beautifully written book," said ex-MI5 boss Dame Stella Rimington, chairwoman of the 2011 judges.
"We thought it was a book that spoke to humankind in the 21st Century," she said.