Man Booker Prize Challenge

I’ve decided that I want to make it a life goal to read as many of the prize winning books that I can. Since I’m a pretty slow reader, we’ll see about that. I might have to live until I’m 150 to get this done, but I have to live that long anyway, since I have more yarn to knit up than I can get through in the next few decades.

I’m starting with the Man Booker Prize winners. Here they are, the goal will be to read them all, in no particular order. As new prize winners are added, I’ll add them here. Hopefully I’ll get ahead at some point. If I finish all of these, I’ll add the short-listed books as well. If I finish all those, I’ll move on to the Pulitzer and Orange Prize winners. šŸ˜‰

  • 2012 Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
  • 2011 The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
  • 2010 The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson
  • 2009 Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
  • 2008 The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
  • 2007 The Gathering, Ann Enright
  • 2006 The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai
  • 2005 The Sea, John Banville
  • 2004 The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst
  • 2003 Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre
  • 2002 Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • 2001 True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
  • 2000 The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
  • 1999 Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
  • 1998 Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
  • 1997 The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  • 1996 Last Orders, Graham Swift
  • 1995 The Ghost Road, Pat Barker
  • 1994 How late it was, how late, James Kelman
  • 1993 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Roddy Doyle
  • 1992 The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
  • 1992 Sacred Hunger, Barry Unsworth
  • 1991 The Famished Road, Ben Okri
  • 1990 Possession: A Romance, A.S. Byatt
  • 1989 The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 1988 Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
  • 1987 Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
  • 1986 The Old Devils, Kingsley Amis
  • 1985 The Bone People, Keri Hulme
  • 1984 Hotel du Lac, Anita Brookner
  • 1983 Life & Times of Michael K, J.M. Coetzee
  • 1982 Schindler’s Ark, Thomas Keneally
  • 1981 Midnight’s Children, Salmam Rushdie
  • 1980 Rites of Passage, William Golding
  • 1979 Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald
  • 1978 The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch
  • 1977 Staying On, Paul Scott
  • 1976 Saville, David Storey
  • 1975 Heat and Dust, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • 1974 The Conservationist, Nadine Gordimer
  • 1973 The Siege of Krishnapur, J.G. Farrell
  • 1972 G., John Berger
  • 1971 In a Free State, V.S. Naipaul
  • 1970 Troubles, J. G. Farrell (Awarded as the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010)
  • 1970 The Elected Member, Bernice Rubens
  • 1969 Something to Answer For, P.H. Newby

There you go. 46 terrific books. It’s surprising to me that I’ve only read one or two of these, even though I have at least fifteen on my shelves. I’ll mark them “read” when I’ve finished each one.



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