All Time Faves: Man Booker Prize 1977-2013

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The Booker Prize was established by the United Kingdom’s Booker plc (public limited company) in 1968. The Man Booker Prize, as it is now known, is awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of either the Commonwealth of Nations or the Republic of Ireland.

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The Luminaries The Luminaries
By Catton, Eleanor
2013-10 - Little Brown and Company
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Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems.... It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. …More

Bring Up the Bodies Bring Up the Bodies
By Mantel, Hilary
2013-05 - Picador USA
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The sequel to Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and "New York Times"-bestseller "Wolf Hall" delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. …More

The Sense of an Ending The Sense of an Ending
By Barnes, Julian
2012-05 - Vintage Books
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By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, "The Sense of an Ending" extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with "Arthur & George" and continued with "Nothing to Be Frightened Of" and, most recently, "Pulse." …More

The Finkler Question The Finkler Question
By Jacobson, Howard
2010-10 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781608196111 Check our catalog

The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best. …More

Wolf Hall Wolf Hall
By Mantel, Hilary
2010-08 - Picador USA
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In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man, Thomas Cromwell, dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power. In inimitable style, Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. …More

The White Tiger The White Tiger
By Adiga, Aravind
2008-10 - Free Press
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Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life -- having nothing but his own wits to help him along. …More

The Gathering The Gathering
By Enright, Anne
2007-09 - Black Cat
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2007 Man Booker Prize Winner

Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland's most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. …More

The Inheritance of Loss The Inheritance of Loss
By Desai, Kiran
2006-09 - Grove/Atlantic
9780802142818 Check our catalog

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2006 Man Booker Prize Winner

The author of the acclaimed Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard takes readers to the northeastern Himalayas where a rising insurgency in Nepal challenges the old way of life--and opens up a grasping world of conflicting desires. …More

The Sea The Sea
By Banville, John
2006-08 - Vintage Books USA
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Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman returns to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child--a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without his recently deceased wife. It is also a return to the place where he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time and his memories of the past. …More

The Line of Beauty The Line of Beauty
By Hollinghurst, Alan
2005-10 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781582346106 Check our catalog

Winner - 2004 The Man Booker Award
The first novel focused on gay life to win the Booker Prize, this title does more than glance back at the sometimes frivolous and deadly aspects of London's gay culture. A psychological portrait of the '80s, it confirms stereotypes about class, family, society, politics, and sexuality. …More

Vernon God Little Vernon God Little
By Pierre, D. B. C.
2004-06 - Harvest Books
9780156029988 Check our catalog

When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff's office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday's underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. …More

Life of Pi Life of Pi
By Martel, Yann
2003-05 - Mariner Books
9780156027328 Check our catalog

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This brilliant novel combines the delight of Kipling's "Just So Stories" with the metaphysical adventure of "Jonah and the Whale, " as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with four wild animals. His knowledge and cunning allow him to coexist for 227 days with Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. …More

Disgrace Disgrace
By Coetzee, J. M.
2005-09 - Penguin Books
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An uninspired college teacher's affair with a student is discovered, and he seeks solace on his daughter's farm in South Africa. A violent attack launched by three black men alters how he perceives many things including his daughter and the rights of South Africa's aggrieved majority. …More

Amsterdam Amsterdam
By McEwan, Ian
1999-11 - Anchor Books
9780385494243 Check our catalog

1998 Man Booker Prize Winner

The wickedly comic Booker Prize winner. On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to the woman who had been a lover to both of them. In the days that follow the funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences that neither man could have foreseen. …More

The God of Small Things The God of Small Things
By Roy, Arundhati
2008-12 - Random House Trade
9780812979657 Check our catalog

"A banquet for all the senses," said "Newsweek" of this bestselling and Booker Prize-winning literary novel--a richly textured first book about the tragic decline of one family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love. …More

Last Orders Last Orders
By Swift, Graham
1997-01 - Vintage Books
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1996 Man Booker Prize Winner

Swift's first novel since his highly acclaimed Ever After is a subtle yet piercing story about the ways in which friendship and love are shaped by the past and by fate. At its center is a group of men, friends since the Second World War, whose lives revolve around work, family, the racetrack, and their favorite pub. When one of the group dies, the survivors are compelled to take stock. …More

The Ghost Road The Ghost Road
By Barker, Pat
1996-11 - Plume Books
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1995 Man Booker Prize Winner

The Ghost Road is the shattering conclusion of Pat barker's brilliant World War I trilogy. Set in the final months of the war, The Ghost Road focuses on Dr. William Rovers, the compassionate psychiatrist of Regeneration and Lt. Billy Prior, last seen as a domestic intelligence agent in The Eye in the Door. "A triumph of imagination".--Publisher's Weekly. …More

How Late It Was, How Late How Late It Was, How Late
By Kelman, James
2005-10 - W. W. Norton & Company
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Winner - 1994 Booker Award
Winner of the Booker Prize. "A work of marvelous vibrance and richness of character."--"New York Times Book Review"
One Sunday morning in Glasgow, shoplifting ex-con Sammy awakens in an alley, wearing another man's shoes and trying to remember his two-day drinking binge. He gets in a scrap with some soldiers and revives in a jail cell, badly beaten and, he slowly discovers, completely blind. …More

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
By Doyle, Roddy
1995-01 - Penguin Books
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Winner - 1993 Booker Award
In this national bestseller and winner of the Booker Prize, Roddy Doyle, author of the "Barrytown Trilogy", takes us to a new level of emotional richness with the story of ten-year-old Padraic Clarke. Witty and poignant--and adored by critics and readers alike--Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha charts the trumphs, indignities, and bewilderment of Paddy as he tries to make sense of his changing world. print. …More

The English Patient The English Patient
By Ondaatje, Michael
1993-11 - Vintage Books USA
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Winner - 1992 Booker Award
As it traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of WWII, Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel introduces readers to some of the most fully realized characters in any recent work of fiction. A disturbing and mesmerizing look at loss, danger, and redemption. …More

Sacred Hunger Sacred Hunger
By Unsworth, Barry
1993-11 - W. W. Norton & Company
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In this Booker Prize-winning work set in colonial America, Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of William Kemp, a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship; his son, who needs his father's fortune; and his nephew, who sails on the ill-fated ship. …More

The Famished Road The Famished Road
By Okri, Ben
1993-05 - Anchor Books
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Winner - 1991 Booker Award
This phantasmagorical novel is set in the ghetto of an African city during British colonial rule, and follows the story of Azaro--a "spirit-child" who has reneged on a pact with the spirit world--and the travails of his impoverished, beleaguered family. …More

Possession: A Romance Possession: A Romance
By Byatt, A. S.
1991-10 - Vintage Books USA
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Winner - 1990 Booker Award
A coast-to-coast bestseller, and the literary sensation of the year, Possession is a novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. Revolving around a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets, Byatt creates a haunting counterpoint of passion and ideas. …More

The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day
By Ishiguro, Kazuo
1990-09 - Vintage Books USA
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A tragic, spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in post-war England. A wonderful, wonderful book. …More

Oscar and Lucinda: Movie Tie-In Edition Oscar and Lucinda: Movie Tie-In Edition
By Carey, Peter Stafford
1997-11 - Vintage Books
9780679777502 Check our catalog

This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback. …More

Moon Tiger: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road Moon Tiger: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road
By Lively, Penelope
1997-09 - Grove Press
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The last thoughts of a dying writer are captured in this intelligent novel by Booker Prize-winner Penelope Lively. The moving and poignant story of life as a writer, historian, and mother ends as a saga of unfufilled love. …More

The Old Devils The Old Devils
By Amis, Kingsley
2004-02 - Vintage Books
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`The Old Devils'' are aged drinking partners whose number is enlarged and enlivened when poet Alun Weaver and his wife Rhiannon return to Wales. Alun is a letch, a ``frightful shit'' in the words of one acquaintance, and Rhiannon still a beauty. Like pebbles dropped into a still pond, the Weavers set off a series of emotional waves that are still breaking at novel's end…

The Bone People The Bone People
By Hulme, Keri
2010-06 - Penguin Books
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Set in the harsh environment of the South Island beaches of New Zealand, this masterful story brings together three singular people in a trinity that reflects their country's varied heritage. Winner of the 1985 Booker-McConnell prize for fiction. …More

Hotel Du Lac Hotel Du Lac
By Brookner, Anita
1995-10 - Vintage Books
9780679759324 Check our catalog

In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question "Why love?" It tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a psudonym. When her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of the Hotel du Lac promises to resore her to her senses. . …More

Life & Times of Michael K Life & Times of Michael K
By Coetzee, J. M.
1985-01 - Penguin Books
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In a south Africa turned by war, Michael K. sets out to take his ailing mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. This life affirming novel goes to the center of human experience-the need for an interior, spiritual life; for some connections to the world in which we live; and for purity of vision. …More

Schindler's List Schindler's List
By Keneally, Thomas
1993-12 - Touchstone Books
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Reissued to coincide with the release of Steven Spielberg's film of the same name from Universal Pictures, this Booker Prize-winning novel tells the true story of one remarkable man who outwitted the Nazis to save more Jews during WWII than any single person. "A masterful account of the growth of the human soul". --LA Times Book Review. …More

Midnight's Children Midnight's Children
By Rushdie, Salman
2006-04 - Random House Trade
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Born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India's independence, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs, and telepathic powers link him with the other children born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. …More

Rites of Passage Rites of Passage
By Golding, William
1999-10 - Farrar Straus Giroux
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A different sort of Golding novel--at least until his familiar themes rise all too clearly (and rather incongruously) in the last chapters. The book is the early-1800s shipboard journal of Edmund Talbot, ""a young gentleman going to assist the governor in the administration of one of HIS Majesty's colonies!"" And, as the decrepit wooden ship heads slowly toward New Zealand, Edmund's diary--addressed to his unnamed but famously influential mentor back in England--tells us something of his fellow travelers (an obsequious parson, the hating captain, an aging belle, a freethinking pamphleteer, officers and emigrants)

Offshore Offshore
By Fitzgerald, Penelope
1998-04 - Mariner Books
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On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of eccentrics lives in houseboats. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they belong to one another. How each of their lives complicates the others is the stuff of this perfect little novel. Winner of a 1997 Booker Prize. …More

The Sea, the Sea The Sea, the Sea
By Murdoch, Iris
2001-03 - Penguin Books
9780141186160 Check our catalog*

Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor both professionally and personally, and to amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors - some real, some spectral - that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core. …More

Staying on Staying on
By Scott, Paul
1998-10 - University of Chicago Press
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In this sequel to "The Raj Quartet", Colonel Tusker and Lucy Smalley stay on in the hills of Pankot after Indian independence deprives them of their colonial status. Finally fed up with accommodating her husband, Lucy claims a degree of independence herself. Eloquent and hilarious, she and Tusker act out class tensions among the British of the Raj and give voice to the loneliness, rage, and stubborn affection in their marriage. "Staying On" won the Booker Prize in 1977 and was made into a motion picture starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson in 1979.  …More