A great work of literature will stand the test of time, and that’s definitely the case with The English Patient, which has just won acclaim as the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize.

As Associated Press reports, the acclaimed 1992 novel from Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje has been voted the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize in the 50-year history of the prestigious literary award.

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The novel — which was adapted into an Oscar-winning 1996 movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche — was judged to be the best winner of the 52 books to have won the prestigious award.

The Golden Booker competition was held this year to mark the award’s 50-year anniversary, with a panel of judges to mark a half-century of the prize. A panel of judges reading all 52 of the novels to have won the award over the years. The judges then winnowed their selections down to the top five, which were voted on by the public.