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Prize Winning Fiction
Prize Winning Fiction

The Man Booker International Prize

The prize, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008 after launching in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.To maintain the consistent excellence of the Man Booker Prize, judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines, including critics, writers and academics, but also poets, politicians and actors, all with a passion for quality fiction.

 

The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and, like all the shortlisted authors, a cheque for £2,500 and a designer bound copy of their book. Fulfilling one of the objectives of the prize - to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction - the winner and the shortlisted authors now enjoy a dramatic increase in book sales worldwide.

Year

Book

Author

 

2013

 

 The Luminaries

1860s New Zealand gold rush mystery

 Eleanor Catton

 

2012

Bringing Up The Bodies

Hilary Mantel

 

Thomas Cromwell Removes Anne Boleyn

 

2011

The Sense of an Ending

Julian Barnes

 

Mysterious letter raises life-changing questions

 

2010

The Finkler Question

Howard Jacobson

 

Life perspective changed after widower attacked

 

2009

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel

 

Caridnal Wolsley clashes with Thomas Cromwell

 

2008

The White Tiger

Aravind Adiga

 

Pauper murders to escape poverty

 

2007

The Gathering

Anne Enright

 

Sister understanding her brother

 

2006

The Inheritance of Loss

Kiran Desai

 

Postclonial despair set in Himalyan foothills

 

2005

The Sea

John Banville

 

Growing up and growing old

 

2004

The Line of Beauty

Alan Hollinghurst

 

1980s London's Tory MPs household

 

2003

Vernon God Little

DBC Pierre

 

High-school massacre suspect on run

 

2002

The Life of Pi

Yann Martel

 

Survival of young man and tiger

 

2001

True History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey

 

Journal of 19th century Australian outlaw

 

2000

The Blind Assassin

Margaret Attwood

 

Dying woman remembers remarkable life

 

1999

Disgrace

J M Coetzee

 

South African lecturer retires after affair with student

 

1998

Amsterdam

Ian McEwan

 

Old friends make a pact

 

1997

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

 

Keralan twin children's family struggles

 

1996

Last Orders

Graham Swift

 

The lasting bondships of friendship

 

1995

The Ghost Road

Pat Barker

 

Psychiatrist's concern for WW1 soldier patients

 

1994

How Late It Was, How Late

James Kelman

 

A drunken Glaswegian's rambling thoughts

 

1993

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Roddy Doyle

 

10 year-old-boys experiences in Dublin

 

1992 (Shared)

The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje

 

English WW2 survivor nursed in Italy

 

1992 (Shared)

Sacred Hunger

Barry Unsworth

 

18thC English slavery excused for profiteering

 

1991

The Famished Road

Ben Okri

 

Survival of young African child

 

1990

Possession

A S Byatt

 

Young scholars investigate Victorian poets

 

1989

The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro

 

Dignified butler narrates his story

 

1988

Oscar & Lucinda

Peter Carey

 

19thC odd balls love affair

 

1987

Moon Tiger

Penelope Lively

 

Dying historian writes her own history

 

1986

The Old Devils

Kingsley Amis

 

1960's Welsh drinking spree

 

1985

The Bone People

Keri Hulme

 

Three lonely New Zealanders thrown together

 

1984

Hotel Du Lac

Anita Brookner

 

Woman looking to be loved

 

1983

Life and Times of Michael K

J M Coetzee

 

South African gardener finds his own way

 

1982

Schindler’s Ark

Thomas Keneally

 

Nazi becomes an unlikely hero

 

1981

Midnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie

 

Gifted child born at time of Indian independence

 

1980

Rites of Passage

William Golding

 

19th c journal of sea passage to Australia

 

1979

Offshore

Penelope Fitzgerald

 

London barge dwellers in 1960s

 

1978

The Sea, The Sea

Iris Murdoch

 

Actor's retirement to seaside disturbed

 

1977

Staying On

Paul Scott

 

Retired Colonel and wife remain in India

 

1976

Saville

David Storey

 

Growing up in mining village

 

1975

Heat and Dust

Prawer Jhabvala

 

Tracing 50 year old Indian scandal

 

1974 (shared)

Holiday

Stanley Middleton

 

Separated husband seeks answers in old holiday destination

 

1974 (shared)

The Conservationist

Nadine Gordimer

 

Rich white South African loses everything

 

1973

The Siege of Krishnapur

JG Farrell

 

Indian Mutiny hits remote town

 

1972

G

John Berger

 

Intimacy explored in the turmoil of history

 

1971

In a Free State

V S Naipaul

 

Five stories of alienating cultures

 

1970

The Elected Member

Bernice Rubens

 

High achiever ruined by drug addiction

 

1969

Something to Answer For

PH Newby

 

Murder mystery in 1950s Egypt

 

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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