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Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the literary world, and the cash prize is among the highest among such organizations. Launched in 1969, the winner of the annual Man Book Prize receives £50,000 and often sees sales of their work skyrocket onto the best-seller lists. Even authors who are shortlisted for the prize receive a check for £2,500 and a designer bound copy of their book. The judges for the Prize are from a variety of professions, including writers, editors, critics, poets, and actors.

While only citizens of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland are eligible for the Man Booker Prize, the Man Booker Foundation started awarding the Man Booker International Prize in 2005. The International Prize is awarded every two years to a living author whose published fiction was originally published or translated into English. The winner of the Man Booker International Prize receives a cash prize of £60,000.

Because of the large prize and the level of prestige associated with the Man Booker Prize, there has been considerable controversy associated with the organization over the decades. There is always debate over the chosen winners, and judges have even threatened to walk out of the organization over books that were shortlisted.

If they weren't before, winners of the Man Booker Prize often become famed and influential writers. Past Man Booker Prize winners include Michael Ondaatje for The English Patient, Nadine Gordimer for The Conservationist, and Salman Rushdie for Midnight's Children.

2011 Winner

The Sense Of an Ending By Julian Barnes

JULIAN BARNES is the author of three books of stories, two collections of essays, eleven novels, including A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters and Arthur & George (finalist for the Man Booker Prize), and a non-fiction book, Nothing to ... read more

2010 Winner

The Finkler Question By Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson is a British journalist and author. He is best known for writing comic novels that often revolve around the dilemmas of British Jewish characters. He is the 2010 winner of the Man Booker prize for The Finkler Question. This nov... read more

2009 Winner

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall By Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, England in July of 1952. Her novel, Wolf Hall was the winner of the Man Booker prize in 2009. Mantel is a former social worker and film critic who has written short stories, the memoir "Giving up the G... read more

2008 Winner

The White Tiger

The White Tiger By Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger is the debut novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga. It was first published in 2008 and won the Man Booker Prize for the same year. The novel studies the contrast between India's rise as a modern global economy and the main characte... read more

2007 Winner

The Gathering

The Gathering By Anne Enright

Anne Enright is a 2007 Booker Prize-winning Irish author. She has written essays, short-stories, non-fiction and novels. This story, The Gathering, is the narrative voice of Veronica, who is one of twelve grown-up children in the Hegarty family; i... read more

2006 Winner

The Inheritance Of Loss

The Inheritance Of Loss By Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai is an Indian author born in 1971. She is a citizen of India and a permanent resident of the United States . This charming, heartwarming novel, The Inheritance of Loss won the Booker Man prize in 2006. The story is set in the remote p... read more

2005 Winner

The Sea

The Sea By John Banville

John Banville is an Irish novelist and screenwriter born in 1945. He sometimes writes under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. His eighteenth novel, The Sea, won the Man Booker Prize in 2005. Banville is known for the dark humor of his arch narrators an... read more

2004 Winner

The Line Of Beauty

The Line Of Beauty By Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst is an English novelist and winner of the 2004 Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty. Set in the United Kingdom in the early to mid-1980s, the story encompasses the post-Oxford life of the young gay protagonist, Nick Guest, who... read more

2003 Winner

Vernon God Little

Vernon God Little By Dbc Pierre

Vernon God Little is the Booker Prize winning debut novel of Australian-born author DBC Pierre, the pseudonym used by Peter Warren Finlay.

2002 Winner

Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel written by Canadian author Yann Martel. In the story, the protagonist Piscine "Pi" Molitor Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He... read more

2001 Winner

True History Of the Kelly Gang

True History Of the Kelly Gang By Peter Carey

True History of the Kelly Gang is a historical novel by Australian writer Peter Carey. It was first published in Brisbane by the University of Queensland Press in 2000. It won the 2001 Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize in the same y... read more

2000 Winner

The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin By Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin is an award winning, bestselling novel by the Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It was first published by McClelland and Stewart in 2000. Set in Canada, it is narrated from the present day, referring back to events that span the twe... read more

1999 Winner


Disgrace By J M Coetzee

Disgrace is a 1999 novel by South African-born author J. M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature; the book itself won the Booker Prize in 1999, the year in which it was published. A 2006 poll of "literary luminaries" by The... read more

1997 Winner

God Of Small Things, The

God Of Small Things, The By Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is an Indian novelist born in 1961. Her Man Booker prizewinning novel, The God of Small Things took her over four years to write. The God of Small Things is set in the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India. Th... read more

1996 Winner

Last Orders

Last Orders By Graham Swift

Last Orders is a 1996 Booker Prize-winning novel by British author Graham Swift. In 2001 it was adapted for the film Last Orders by Australian writer and director Fred Schepisi. The movie generally reflects the novel accurately without any major devi... read more

1995 Winner

The Ghost Road

The Ghost Road By Pat Barker

Pat Barker was born in 1943, and is one of England's most important contemporary novelists. This final novel in the Regeneration trilogy won the Man Booker prize in 1995 for the sensational title, The Ghost Road . Set in the final months of World W... read more

1994 Winner

How Late It Was, How Late

How Late It Was, How Late By James Kelman

James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946 and is an influential writer of novels, plays and political essays. In his 1994 Booker Man prizewinning novel, How Late It Was, How Late , we are introduced to the protagonist, Sammy Samuels. An ex-convict w... read more

1993 Winner

Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha By Roddy Doyle

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. It won the Booker Prize in 1993. The story is about a 10 year old boy and events that happen within his age group. He also has to cope with his parents' deteriorating relationsh... read more

1992 Winner

The English Patient

The English Patient By Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient is a 1992 novel by Sri Lankan-Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje. The story deals with the gradually revealed histories of a critically burned English man, his Canadian nurse, an Italian thief, and an Indian sapper in the British ... read more

1992 Winner

Sacred Hunger

Sacred Hunger By Barry Unsworth

Sacred Hunger is a historical novel by Barry Unsworth first published in 1992. It was joint winner of the Booker Prize that year, sharing the position with Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. The story is set in the mid 18th century and cente... read more

1991 Winner

The Famished Road

The Famished Road By Ben Okri

Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist who is often described as one of Africa's greatest writers. The Famished Road is the 1991 winner of the Man Booker prize. This unusual story is set in the ghetto of an unnamed city in West Africa. The narra... read more

1990 Winner


Possession By A S Byatt

Antonia Susan Duffy, commonly known as A. S. Byatt was born in 1936, and is an English novelist and poet. This fascinating author won the Man Booker prize in 1990 for Possession , a beautifully written story about a duel set of discoveries that con... read more

1989 Winner

The Remains Of the Day

The Remains Of the Day By Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day is the third published novel by Japanese-British author Kazuo Ishiguro. The Remains of The Day is one of the most highly-regarded post-war British novels. It won the Booker Prize in 1989 for Best Fiction, and was later adapted ... read more

1988 Winner

Oscar and Lucinda

Oscar and Lucinda By Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda is a novel by Peter Carey, which won the 1988 Booker Prize, and the 1989 Miles Franklin Award. It tells the story of Oscar Hopkins, the Cornish son of a Plymouth Brethren minister who becomes an Anglican priest, and Lucinda Leplastr... read more

1987 Winner

Moon Tiger

Moon Tiger By Penelope Lively

Moon Tiger is a 1987 novel by Penelope Lively which spans the time before, during and after World War II. The novel won the 1987 Booker Prize. It is written from multiple points of view and moves backward and forward through time in ways which can be... read more

1986 Winner

The Old Devils

The Old Devils By Kingsley Amis

Kingsley William Amis was an English novelist, poet, critic and teacher. He was the recipient of the Man Booker prize in 1986 for the superbly written novel The Old Devils . The book is centered in Wales and revolves around the lives of several W... read more

1984 Winner

Hotel Du Lac

Hotel Du Lac By Anita Brookner

This 1984 winner of the Man Booker prize tells the story of the protagonist Edith Hope, a romance novelist on a "curious interlude in her life". She has been forced into temporary exile in the stolid Swiss hotel of the book's title after a romant... read more

1983 Winner

The Life and Times Of Michael K

The Life and Times Of Michael K By J M Coetzee

Life & Times of Michael K is a 1983 novel by South African-born author J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2003. The book itself won the Booker Prize for 1983. The novel is a story of hare lipped, simple garden... read more

1982 Winner

Schindlers Ark

Schindlers Ark By Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally, born in 1935, is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of  non-fiction. This powerful, harrowing novel, Schindler’s Ark , won the Man Booker prize in 1982. The historical novel is told in a narrative, past tense style ... read more

1981 Winner

Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children By Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children is an epic book of magical realism, a poioumenon about India's transition from British colonialism to independence. It was written by Salman Rushdie in 1981 and is considered an example of postcolonial literature. The stor... read more

1980 Winner

Rites Of Passage

Rites Of Passage By William Golding

Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, best known for his novel Lord of the Flies . He was also awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage , ... read more

1979 Winner


Offshore By Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Knox Fitzgerald is a Booker Prize-winning English novelist, poet, and essayist. Her novel, Offshore , was the recipient of the Man Booker prize in 1979. In this story a fascinating group of mild eccentrics are living on riverboats moored... read more

1978 Winner

The Sea, the Sea

The Sea, the Sea By Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch was an Irish-born British author and philosopher who won the Man Booker prize in 1978 for her famous novel, The Sea, The Sea. The book is written in the form of a journal, kept by Charles Arrowby, an actor turned director who has reti... read more

1977 Winner

Staying On

Staying On By Paul Scott

Staying On is a novel by Paul Scott, which was published in 1977 and won the Booker Prize.

1976 Winner


Saville By David Storey

David Rhames Storey is an English playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His novel, Saville, won the Man Booker prize in 1976. The story is set in the fictional Yorkshire mining village of Saxon during World War II and during the difficult post war... read more

1975 Winner

Heat and Dust

Heat and Dust By Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Heat and Dust (1975) is a novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala which won the Booker Prize in 1975.

1974 Winner


Conservationist By Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer is a South African writer, political activist and Nobel laureate. Her book, The Conservationist , was awarded the Man Booker prize in 1974. It is an in-depth depiction of life in a South Africa town that is suffering through aparthe... read more

1973 Winner

The Siege Of Krishnapur

The Siege Of Krishnapur By Farrell J G

James Gordon Farrell, known as J.G. Farrell, was a Liverpool-born novelist of Irish descent. This famous novel, The Siege of Krishnapur , won the Man Booker prize in 1973. It portrays the siege of Krishnapur, a fictional town in India which has bee... read more

1972 Winner


G By John Berger

John Peter Berger is an English art critic, novelist, painter and author. His unsettling and powerful novel, G , won the Man Booker prize in 1972. The setting is before the First World War in Europe. The protagonist, G., is the rich son of an Itali... read more

1971 Winner

In a Free State

In a Free State By V S Naipaul

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, commonly known as V. S. Naipaul, is a   Trinidadian writer of Indian descent known for his novels set in developing countries. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.  He has been called "a master of... read more

1970 Winner

The Elected Member

The Elected Member By Bernice Rubens

Bernice Rubens was a Welsh novelist of Russian Jewish descent. Her book, The Elected Member, won the Man Booker prize in 1970. Rubens is quoted as saying that the only thing she ever writes about is families and this proves true in this complex no... read more

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