The Man Booker Prize was established in 1968 with the aim of encouraging the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction. Initially, only English-language writers from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Commonwealth countries were eligible. In 2013, however, it was announced that the competition would be opened up to any book written in English and published in Britain. The Prize has been an outstanding success in increasing public awareness of literary fiction. Not only do sales for the winning and shortlisted books increase, but the press reports gossip about the authors and judges, and British gambling establishments take bets on which book will win. This minibibliography lists all the books that have won the Man Booker Prize since 2000.
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by Damon Galgut
Pretoria, South Africa. When the matriarch of the Swart family died, her last wish was that their servant Salome be given the house she lived in. But Black property ownership is illegal under apartheid, and the wish is ignored. This unfulfilled promise affects the family for decades. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.
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by Douglas Stuart
In 1980s Glasgow, Shuggie's mother Agnes is a burden for him and his siblings. Obsessed with keeping up appearance, she finds increasing solace in drink, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
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by Margaret Atwood
Fifteen years after the van door slammed on Offred's future, three women provide testaments on life in Gilead. Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (DB24695). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019.
Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernardine Evaristo
Twelve characters lead vastly different lives in modern Britain. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, they all intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
by Anna Burns
When a local "paramilitary" known as the Milkman begins pursuing the much younger middle sister of a family, she attempts to avoid him. But rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders
1862. One night, soon after the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie, President Abraham Lincoln goes to visit the recently interred body in Georgetown. There, he encounters the ghosts of the cemetery's residents, including Willie, who must escape the limbo he is in. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
by Paul Beatty
In this satirical novel, a black man raised by a radical sociologist on the outskirts of Los Angeles attempts to segregate the local school and keep a slave. His efforts lead to a lawsuit heard before the Supreme Court. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.
A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James
Fictitious oral history that explores the events and individuals surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the political turmoil in Jamaica during the late 1970s. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2014.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan
Seventy-seven-year-old Dorrigo Evans thinks back on his life and relives his time in a Japanese POW camp, where he served as a surgeon, trying to save fellow prisoners from injury and cholera. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.
by Eleanor Catton
New Zealand, 1866. Shipwreck survivor Walter Moody becomes entangled in a mystery plaguing the town of Hokitika. As Walter travels throughout the land, the underlying motives of the townspeople are revealed. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2013.
Bring Up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel
England, 1535. Katherine of Aragon is dying and rumors of Anne Boleyn's infidelity are flying around court. Thomas Cromwell is charged with deposing Anne so King Henry VIII can marry Jane Seymour. Sequel to Wolf Hall (DB70074). Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
London. Retired divorcé Tony Webster is bequeathed a journal that belonged to his schoolmate Adrian, who committed suicide forty years ago. Tony reflects on the past, which included a bitter parting from his first lover Veronica, who next dated Adrian. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.
The Finkler Question
by Howard Jacobson
Two widowed Jews—Sam Finkler and his former professor Libor Sevcik—spend an evening with another friend, bachelor Julian Treslove, a non-Jew. Treslove is mugged and, convinced that it was a case of anti-Semitism, becomes obsessed with what it means to be Jewish. Strong language. Bestseller. 2010.
by Hilary Mantel
Thomas Cromwell, a closet Protestant and blacksmith's son who becomes advisor to Henry VIII of England, realizes that he can accumulate power and wealth by assisting the king in obtaining an annulment and simultaneously help commoners and his country by destroying the corrupt Catholic clergy. Bestseller. 2009.
The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
Bangalore, India. Over the course of seven days, Balram Halwai, a rickshaw-puller's son, writes to visiting Chinese premier Jiabao about his transformation from chauffeur to entrepreneur. Balram—sought for police questioning about a brutal murder—embodies the tumultuousness of modern India. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.
by Anne Enright
The nine surviving Hegarty siblings gather in Dublin for their wayward brother Liam's funeral. Thirty-nine-year-old sister Veronica, guardian of a long-held family secret, makes arrangements for Liam's body as she recalls years of betrayal preceding his suicide. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.
The Inheritance of Loss
by Kiran Desai
Himalayas, 1986. Retired judge Jemubhai Patel lives with his cook and sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Sai. An Indian-Nepalese insurgency makes Jemubhai confront his past and interrupts Sai's romance with her Nepali tutor. Meanwhile, the cook worries about his son in America. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.
by John Banville
Middle-aged Irish widower Max Morden retreats to the seaside where he spent his boyhood summers to mourn the loss of his wife, Anna. While his grown daughter tries to console him, he confronts the past and his relationship with the wealthy Grace family. Strong language. Bestseller. 2005.
The Line of Beauty
by Alan Hollinghurst
1980s. After university, gay Nick Guest moves into the London mansion of his friend Toby, whose father is a conservative politician. Nick has relationships with a black clerk and later a Lebanese millionaire while enjoying a privileged lifestyle. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2004.
Vernon God Little
Pierre After a Texas high school massacre, fifteen-year-old sole survivor Vernon Little becomes a suspect. Stalked by the media, Vernon flees to Mexico only to be apprehended and brought to trial for murder. A picaresque satire on American mores. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Pi Patel, the sole human survivor of a shipwreck, is in a lifeboat with an injured zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and an adult Bengal tiger. Strangely, after 227 days in the Pacific, the boy and the tiger make landfall. Some violence. 2001.
True History of the Kelly Gang
by Peter Carey
Australia, 1880; Ned Kelly is hanged for a series of crimes. Before his execution, Kelly writes letters to his daughter describing his life. Recalls how his mother apprenticed him to a highwayman and how, at age fourteen, he robbed rich Englishmen who despised the Irish. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2000.
The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood
This convoluted tale of two sisters begins with the questionable circumstances of the 1945 death of the younger, Laura, at twenty-five. A memoir by Iris, the surviving and now elderly sister, recalls what led up to the tragic event. Interspersed is a novel-within-a-novel, Laura's posthumously published book. Bestseller. 2000.