Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare has been awarded the first Booker International Prize for Literature.

The prize is awarded biennially, to a living writer writing in English, or translated into English.

Other writers competing for the award included Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan.

Kadare, who was banned by the authorities in his native Albania and is now resident in France, said he was "deeply honoured" to receive the inaugural award.