Booker Prize Project

About this Project

The Man Booker Prize “promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.”  It is awarded in Autumn after an announcement of first the longlisted titles and then the six shortlisted titles. I’m attempting to read all the winners since the award’s inception — and where I can, some of the longlisted and shortlisted books — up to and including 2015.

Progress: I Made It!!

Winning novels read to date: 46 of 50 titles read plus four I could not finish.

Favourite top 3 Booker winners copy

Books read are all marked **.  This includes books read before this challenge began in February 2012. Click the name of the book to read my review.

Which were my favourite books from these 50 titles? Read my post 10 Stellar Booker Prize Winners to find the answer.

Part way through the project I selected My top 3 winners to date. Did I change my mind once I’d read all 50? Read the post to find out.

Coming soon – my 10 least favourite Booker Prize winners….

Winners 21st century

2015A History of Seven Killings (Marlon James) ** Could not finish January 2019
2014 – The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan) **Read April 2016
2013 – The Luminaries – (Catton) ** – Read June 2014
2012 – Bring Up the Bodies (Hilary Mantel) ** Read 2014
2011 – The Sense of an Ending (Barnes) ** Read 2012
2010 – The Finkler Question (Howard Jacobson) ** Could not finish 
2010-  Troubles  (J G Farrell) – the Lost Booker** Read 2013
2009 – Wolf Hall (Mantel) ** Read 2009
2008 – The White Tiger  (Adiga) ** Read 2012
2007 – The Gathering (Enright) ** Read May 2016
2006 – The Inheritance of Loss (Desai) ** Read March 2016
2005 – The Sea (Banville)** Read 2015
2004 – The Line of Beauty (Hollinghurst) Read September 2018
2003 – Vernon God Little (Pierre) ** Read Oct 2017
2002 – Life of Pi (Martel) ** Read April 2015
2001 – True History of the Kelly Gang (Carey) Read September 2017
2000
– The Blind Assassin (Atwood) ** Read 2012

Winners 20th century 

1999 – Disgrace (Coetzee) ** Read 2014
1998 – Amsterdam: A Novel (Ian McEwan) ** Read 2000
1997 – The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) ** Read April 2017
1996 – Last Orders (Graham Swift) ** Read July 2016
1995 – The Ghost Road (Pat Barker) **Read 2015
1994 – How Late It Was, How Late (Kelman) Read 2020
1993 – Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Roddy Doyle) ** Read March 2018
1992 – The English Patient (Ondaatje) ** Read December 2015
1992 – Sacred Hunger (Unsworth) Read August 2017
1991 – The Famished Road (Ben Okri) Did Not Finish 2015
1990 – Possession: A Romance (A.S Byatt)** Re-Read Jan 2012
1989 – The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro) **Read 1990
1988 – Oscar and Lucinda (Peter Carey) ** Read February 2017
1987 – Moon Tiger (Penelope Lively)** Read Feb 2014
1986 – The Old Devils (Kingsley Amis) ** Read August 2016
1985 – The Bone People (Keri Hulme) ** Read 2014
1984 – Hotel Du Lac (Anita Brookner) ** Re-read July 2013
1983 – Life & Times of Michael K (Coetzee) ** Read July 2016
1982 – Schindler’s Ark (Keneally) ** Read 1982
1981 – Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie) ** Read 2013
1980 – Rites of Passage (Golding) ** Read 2016
1979 – Offshore (Penelope Fitzgerald)**. Read 2012 
1978 – The Sea, the Sea (Iris Murdoch) ** Read November 2015
1977 – Staying On  ** (Paul Scott) ** Read November 2015
1976  Saville (David Storey)** Read 2012
1975 – Heat and Dust (Jhabvala)** Read 2013
1974 – The Conservationist (Nadine Gordimer) ** Read Dec 2017
1974 – Holiday (Stanley Middleton) ** Read 2012
1973 – The Siege of Krishnapur: J.G Farrell ** Read 2012
1972 – G. : J Berger Could not finish May 2018
1971 – In A Free State (V. S Naipul)** Read 2012
1970 – The Elected Member (Bernice Rubens) ** Read 2012
1969 – Something to Answer For (P.H Newby) ** Read 2012

Longlisted/Shortlisted titles

2018

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

2017

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor 

2016

The North Water by Ian McGuire
The Many by Wyl Menmuir 
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
All That Man Is by David Szalay
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
His Bloody Project  by Graeme Macrae Burnet 
The Schooldays of Jesus by M Coetzee

2015
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obiama

2014
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
History of the Rain by Niall Williams
How to be Both by Ali Smith
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

2013
Five Star Billionare by Tash Aw
Harvest by Jim Crace
Unexploded by Alison Moore
Snowdrops by A D Miller 
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

2012
Narcopolis  by Jeet Thayil
The Lighthouse by Alison McLeod
Skios by Michael Frayn
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

2011
Snowdrops by A. D Miller

2010
Room by Emma Donaghue

2009
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

2007
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Ahmed
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

2006
The Secret River by Kate Granville

2005

On Beauty by Zadie Smith
A Short History of Tractors in Ukraine  by Marina Lewcyka
Saturday by Ian McEwan

2004

Purple Hibiscus by Chimimanda Adichie

2003

Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller

2002

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Useful Links

  • Archive of the prize winners can be found here:
  • The Complete Booker blog site with reviews written by bloggers

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