The winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature, who will take home eight million kronor (£693,000), will be announced today on Thursday 9 October, 5:00 p.m.Astana (1:00 p.m. CET.)
The Nobel is, at more than 10m kronor ($1.3m), one of the most lucrative literary prizes in the world. The 18 lifetime members of the Swedish Academy make their selection in deep secrecy at one of their weekly meetings and do not reveal the date of the announcement until two days before. Nominees are not revealed publicly for 50 years.