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
Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children
- 1982 Thomas Keneally – Schindler’s Ark
- 1983 J M Coetzee – Life & Times of Michael K
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
Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day
- 1990 A S Byatt – Possession
- 1991 Ben Okri – The Famished Road
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 Swift – Last Orders
Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
Ian McEwan – Amsterdam
J M Coetzee – Disgrace
- 2000 Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin
- 2001 Peter Carey –True History of the Kelly Gang
Yann Martel – The Life of Pi
DBC Pierre – Vernon God Little
- 2004 Alan Hollinghurst – The Line of Beauty
John Banville – The Sea
Kiran Desai – The Inheritance of Loss
Anne Enright – The Gathering
Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
- 2010 Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question
Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending
Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
Elanor Catton – The Luminaries
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”
I can recommend The Siege of Krishnapur, the 1973 winner – a literary Carry On Up the Khyber.
Thanks for the rec. I’ll remember to get a copy if I ever see it…
Weird goal? My goal must be weirder because I intend to read all the Pulitzer, Booker, NBCC, and IMPAC 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 🙂
I’m looking forward to what you think about Wolf Hall. I loved it. But the “he” thing bugged me.
I’m curious but I’m not ready to pick it up yet….it’s just so thick…lol
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Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Line of Beauty” is one of my favorite novels of all time. I love a beautifully crafted novel with some fabulous gay undertones in it. I’m excited to read what you think of it.
I’m glad you think so highly of it. I was actually putting it off because I didn’t know what it was about, and it’s pretty thick. Your recommendation sounds encouraging 🙂
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 🙂
Yup! I realized pretty early on that a year was just not going to cut it! I think i’ll get back to the list next year and this time I’ll take your advice and be more relaxed about it 🙂 Thanks 🙂
You’re not going to like them all, I guarantee. Of the ones I’ve read, I really liked Wolf Hall and Amsterdam. The ones I kinda hated were Disgrace and The Gathering.
I liked Wolf Hall too! Have reviewed it on my blog. Haven’t read Amsterdam or Disgrace yet and wasn’t too happy about The Gathering.
Sorry! That should read same *goal.
I loved The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro! I have read a lot of the recent Booker Prize winners but not so many of the earlier ones though.
I’ve heard mixed reviews of Remains of the Day. I know some people who really liked it, and some who thought it was the most boring book in the world lol.
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!
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!
Thanks! And good luck with yours! Thanks for commenting.