[MBP] The Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize [MBP]

Given annually since 1969

A heavy hitter among annual literary awards, only America’s Pulitzer and France’s Prix Goncourt are of greater prestige. That actually doesn’t mean much. No annual award is a great indicator of a book’s lasting literary merit and the Booker is no exception. It has a talent for awarding authors for their second or third best books (Coetzee, Golding, Naipaul, Kingsly Amis). But to be fair it has also picked some real winners (Schindler’s Ark, Midnight’s Children). Given my master list’s bias toward non-American authors, I am sure there are many excellent books that have won the [MLB] that I have never heard of.

Click here to see all the Man Booker winners. Works listed below in RED appear on the Master List.


P. H. Newby Something to Answer For
Bernice Rubens The Elected Member
J. G. Farrell Troubles
V. S. Naipaul In a Free State
John Berger G.
J. G. Farrell The Siege of Krishnapur
Nadine Gordimer The Conservationist
Stanley Middleton Holiday
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Heat and Dust
David Storey Saville
Paul Scott Staying On
Iris Murdoch The Sea, the Sea
Penelope Fitzgerald Offshore
William Golding Rites of Passage
Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children
Thomas Keneally Schindler’s Ark
J. M. Coetzee Life & Times of Michael K
Anita Brookner Hotel du Lac
Keri Hulme The Bone People
Kingsley Amis The Old Devils
Penelope Lively Moon Tiger
Peter Carey Oscar and Lucinda
Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day
A. S. Byatt Possession
Ben Okri The Famished Road
Michael Ondaatje The English Patient
Barry Unsworth Sacred Hunger
Roddy Doyle Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
James Kelman How Late It Was, How Late
Pat Barker The Ghost Road
Graham Swift Last Orders
Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things
Ian McEwan Amsterdam
J. M. Coetzee Disgrace
Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin
Peter Carey True History of the Kelly Gang
Yann Martel Life of Pi
DBC Pierre Vernon God Little
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
Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question
Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending

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