The Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize “promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.”  It is awarded every September.  I try to read the winner in the year it’s announced, and read shortlisted nominees that sound interesting.  Since 2007, I’ve also been hosting  The Complete Booker to encourage others to join me in reading works by these great authors.

In October, 2010  I achieved a long-term goal to read  all winners of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.  I published A Complete Booker Retrospective to share my picks for the best and worst Booker Prize winners, and general impressions on the winners list.

Complete List of Booker Prize Winners & Shortlists Read (with links to reviews where available):

2012 – Bring up the Bodies (Mantel)
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2011 – The Sense of an Ending (Barnes)
2010 – The Finkler Question (Jacobson)
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2009 – Wolf Hall (Mantel)
Shortlist:

2008 – The White Tiger (Adiga)
2007 – The Gathering (Enright)
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2006 – The Inheritance of Loss (Desai)
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2005 – The Sea (Banville)
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2004 – The Line of Beauty (Hollinghurst)
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2003 – Vernon God Little (Pierre)
Shortlist:

  • Brick Lane (Ali)
  • Notes on a Scandal (Heller)
  • Oryx and Crake (Atwood)

2002 – Life of Pi (Martel)
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2001 – True History of the Kelly Gang (Carey)
Shortlist:

  • Atonement (McEwan)
  • The Dark Room (Seiffert)

2000 – The Blind Assassin (Atwood)
Shortlist:

  • The Keepers of Truth (Collins)
  • English Passengers (Kneale)
  • The Hiding Place (Azzopardi)
  • When We Were Orphans (Ishiguro)
  • The Deposition of Father McGreevy (O’Doherty)

1999 – Disgrace (Coetzee)
1998 – Amsterdam: A Novel (McEwan)
1997 – The God of Small Things (Roy)
1996 – Last Orders(Swift)
Shortlist:

1995 – The Ghost Road (Barker)
1994 – How Late it Was, How Late (Kelman)
1993 – Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Doyle)
Shortlist:

1992 – The English Patient (Ondaatje)
1992 – Sacred Hunger (Unsworth)
1991 – The Famished Road (Okri)
1990 – Possession: A Romance (Byatt)
1989 – The Remains of the Day(Ishiguro)
Shortlist:

1988 – Oscar and Lucinda (Carey)
1987 – Moon Tiger (Lively)
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1986 – The Old Devils (Amis)
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1985 – The Bone People (Hulme)
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1984 – Hotel du Lac (Brookner)
1983 – Life & Times of Michael K (Coetzee)
1982 – Schindler’s Ark (Keneally)
1981 – Midnight’s Children (Rushdie)
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1980 – Rites of Passage (Golding)
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1979 – Offshore (Fitzgerald)
1978 - The Sea, the Sea (Murdoch)
1977 - Staying on (Scott)
Shortlist:

1976 – Saville (Storey)
1975 – Heat and Dust (Jhabvala)
1974 – The Conservationist (Gordimer)
1974 – Holiday (Middleton)
1973 – The Siege of Krishnapur (Farrell)
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1972 – G. (Berger)
1971 – In a Free State (Naipaul)
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1970 – The Elected Member (Rubens)
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1970 – Troubles (Farrell) – 2010 “Lost Booker Prize”
1969 – Something to Answer For (Newby)
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