Man Booker Prize Winners

Another one of my weird goals in life is to read all the novels which have been awarded the Man Booker Prize.

  • 1969 P H Newby – Something to Answer For
  • 1970 Bernice Rubens – The Elected Member
  • 1971 V S Naipaul – In a Free State
  • 1972 John Berger – G
  • 1973 J G Farrell – The Siege of Krishnapur
  • 1974 Nadine Gordimer – The Conservationist
  • Stanley Middleton – Holiday
  • 1975 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala –  Heat and Dust
  • 1976 David Storey – Saville
  • 1977 Paul Scott – Staying On
  • 1978 Iris Murdoch  – The Sea, the Sea
  • 1979 Penelope Fitzgerald – Offshore
  • 1980 William Golding – Rites of Passage
  • 1981 Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children
  • 1982 Thomas Keneally – Schindler’s Ark
  • 1983 J M Coetzee – Life & Times of Michael K
  • 1984 Anita Brookner – Hotel du Lac
  • 1985 Keri Hulme – The Bone People
  • 1986 Kingsley Amis – The Old Devils
  • 1987 Penelope Lively – Moon Tiger
  • 1988 Peter Carey – Oscar and Lucinda
  • 1989 Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day
  • 1990 A S Byatt – Possession
  • 1991 Ben Okri – The Famished Road
  • 1992 Michael Ondaatje – The English Patient
  • Barry Unsworth – Sacred Hunger
  • 1993 Roddy Doyle – Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
  • 1994 James Kelman – How Late It Was, How Late
  • 1995 Pat Barker – The Ghost Road
  • 1996 Graham SwiftLast Orders
  • 1997 Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
  • 1998 Ian McEwan – Amsterdam
  • 1999 J M Coetzee – Disgrace
  • 2000 Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin
  • 2001 Peter Carey –True History of the Kelly Gang
  • 2002 Yann Martel – The Life of Pi
  • 2003 DBC Pierre – Vernon God Little
  • 2004 Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty
  • 2005 John Banville – The Sea
  • 2006 Kiran Desai – The Inheritance of Loss
  • 2007 Anne Enright – The Gathering
  • 2008 Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
  • 2009 Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
  • 2010 Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question
  • 2011 Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending
  • 2012 Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
  • 2013 Elanor Catton – The Luminaries
  • 2014 Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North
  • 2015 – Marlon James – A Brief History of Seven Killings
  • 2016 – Paul Beatty – The Sellout
  • 2017 – George Saunders – Lincoln in the Bardo
  • 2018 – Anna Burns – Milkman
  • 2019 – Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, Woman, Other / Margaret Atwood – The Testaments
  • 2020 – Douglas Stuart – Shuggie Bain

23 thoughts on “Man Booker Prize Winners

    • Hahaha…well, it’s good to set goals…gives life direction 🙂 Of course I’m probably never gonna be able to read all the past Booker winners… 😦

      Good luck to us and our ambitious reading goals 🙂

    • I suppose this means I win the grand prize for weirdness because I’ve set out to read 1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read. Good luck to both you both in your reading goals. They seem quite doable to me.

      • No, your goal is admirable. I’d set that goal too only I know that I will never be able to achieve it. Yes, my reading goals seem doable enough, yet I doubt I can even accomplish that much! Oh well, it’s fun trying anyway 🙂

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  2. Oh Wow! I started attempting the same gal, but haven’t done much at all. I started with The Sense of an Ending and was working my way backwards…but I’ve just lost steam and need a break from all this serious literature which can be quite depressing! So am on a break now but seeing that you’ve made significant headway in your list gives me hope of returning back to my goal eventually 🙂

    • Thanks! Don’t worry, and take your time. Just enjoy reading those great books. Some can be pretty heavy and others even boring, but you can prioritize depending on your taste. Also, I didn’t read all that in just 1 year so don’t fret 🙂


  3. Haha,I plan to read all Booker Winners too!! And the nominees as well – given how much I loved Never Let Me Go,I just cannot ignore them!
    I’ve read only two Booker winners; God of Small Things and Possession,both of which I adored.
    I will also read Sense of an Ending,which is on its way,soon.
    I own Good Behaviour (nominee),”Midnight’s Children”,”Oscar and Lucinda”,”Disgrace”,”The Sea,The Sea”,and ”Remains of the Day” and they’re all in together on the shelves.

    • Reading all the books that were shortlisted is a great idea. I sometimes read one or two from the shortlist but not always.

      I tried reading Posession but couldn’t get through it. Maybe I should try it again….?

      Of the 5 books you mentioned I only really liked Remains of the Day.

      Good luck working your way through the Booker winner list!

  4. I think this is a great idea! I would like to read all these someday, too. Right now, though, I have my own little challenge on the go. Good luck with yours!

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