Complete Booker Prize Challenge (1990 – Present)

I love the Man Booker Prize.  I try to read the shortlisted books and winners as much as possible, and with the announcement of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel as the 2009 Booker Prize winning book, I decided I wanted to go ahead and make my challenge unofficially official!

I’m doing this as a part of the Complete Booker Challenge, though the object of that challenge is to read all the Booker Prize winners.  The goal of my personal challenge is to read all the Booker Prize winners and shortlisted books from 1990 on.  There is no end date or goal of number of books read per month or year.  It’s a very unofficial challenge that I just wanted to put into writing, since I’ve been doing it for the last couple of years!

The list of Booker Prize winners from 1990 on is below.  I’ve also included the “Best of the Booker” list, voted upon last year for the prize’s 40th anniversary.  It’s a grand total of 119 books.  I’ve crossed out the books I’ve already read, and the winners are in bold.

Best of the Booker:

1. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
2. The Siege of Krishapur – J.G. Farrell
3. The Conservationist – Nadine Gordimer
4. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
5. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
6. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee

2009:

1. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
2. Summertime – J.M. Coetzee
3. The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds
4. The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt
5. The Glass Room – Simon Mawer
6. The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

2008:

1. The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
2. The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry
3. Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh
4. The Clothes on Their Backs – Linda Grant
5. The Northern Clemency – Philip Hensher
6. A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz

2007:

1. The Gathering – Anne Enright
2. Darkmans – Nicola Barker
3. The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
4. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones 
5. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
6. Animal’s People – Indra Sinha

2006:

1. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
2. The Secret River – Kate Grenville
3. Carry Me Down – M.J. Hyland
4. In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar
5. Mother’s Milk – Edward St. Aubyn
6. The Night Watch – Sarah Waters

2005:

1. The Sea – John Banville
2. Arthur and George – Julian Barnes
3. A Long, Long Way – Sebastian Barry
4. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
5. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
6. The Accidental – Ali Smith

2004:

1. The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst
2. Bitter Fruit – Achmat Dangor
3. The Electric Michelangelo – Sarah Faber
4. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
5. The Master – Colm Toibin
6. I’ll Go To Bed At Noon – Gerard Woodward

2003:

1. Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre
2. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
3. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
4. The Good Doctor – Damon Galgut
5. Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller
6. Astonishing Splashes of Color – Claire Morrall

2002:

1. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
2. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
3. Unless – Carol Shields
4. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
5. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
6. Dirt Music – Tom Winton

2001:

1. True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey
2. Atonement – Ian McEwan
3. Oxygen – Andrew Miller
4. number9dream – David Mitchell
5. The Dark Room – Rachel Seiffert
6. Hotel World – Ali Smith

2000:

1. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
2. The Hiding Place – Trezza Azzopardi
3. The Keepers of the Truth – Michael Collins
4. When We Were Orphans – Kazuo Ishiguro
5. English Passengers – Matthew Kneale
6. The Deposition of Father McGreevy – Brian O’Doherty

1999:

1. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
2. Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai
3. Headlong – Michael Frayn
4. The Map of Love – Ahdaf Soueif
5. The Blackwater Lightship – Colm Toibin
6. Our Fathers – Andrew O’Hagan

1998:

1. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
2. Master Georgie – Beryl Bainbridge
3. England England – Julian Barnes
4. The Industry of Souls – Martin Booth
5. Breakfast on Pluto – Patrick McCabe
6. The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills

1997:

1. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
2. Quarantine – Jim Crace
3. The Underground Man – Mick Jackson
4. Grace Notes – Bernard MacLaverty
5. Europa – Tim Parks
6. The Essence of the Thing – Madeleine St. John

1996:

1. Last Orders – Graham Swift
2. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
3. Every Man for Himself – Beryl Bainbridge
4. Reading in the Dark – Seamus Deane
5. The Orchard on Fire – Shena Mckay
6. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

1995:

1. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
2. In Every Face I Met – Justin Cartwright
3. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
4. Morality Play – Barry Unsworth
5. The Riders – Tim Winton

1994:

1. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
2. Beside the Ocean of Time – George Mackay Brown
3. Reef – Romesh Gunesekera
4. Paradise – Abdulrazak Gurnah
5. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
6. Knowledge of Angels – Jill Paton Walsh

1993:

1. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle
2. Under the Frog – Tibor Fischer
3. Scar Tissue – Michael Ignatieff
4. Remembering Babylon – David Malouf
5. Crossing the River – Caryl Phillip
6. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields

1992:

1. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
2. Sacred Hunger – Barry Unsworth
3. Serenity House – Christopher Hope
4. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
5. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
6. Daughters of the House – Michele Roberts

1991:

1. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
2. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
3. The Van – Roddy Doyle
4. Such a Long Journey – Rohinton Mistry
5. The Redundancy of Courage – Timothy Mo
6. Reading Turgenev (from Two Lives) – William Tevor

1990:

1. Possession – A.S. Byatt
2. An Awfully Big Adventure – Beryl Bainbridge
3. The Gate of Angels – Penelope Fitzgerald
4. Amongst Women – John McGahern
5. Lies of Silence – Brian Moore
6. Soloman Gursky Was Here – Mordecai Richler

Comments

  1. Good luck and more power to you! But, um, didn’t you read The English Patient, cough cough

  2. Good luck and more power to you! But, um, didn’t you read The English Patient, cough cough

  3. Ah, you are truly an inspiration! As a direct result of your challenge, I’ve also embarked on a Man Booker Personal Challenge. I decided to attack the Man Booker lists from two fronts: I joined a Man Booker Yahoo Group which reads a shortlist or winner from the entire 40 year catalogue and; I decided to tackle the titles by author. Some titles I will listen to in audiobook format and others in print. This month the Group is reading to A BEND IN THE RIVER (by V.S. Naipaul.) I’ll be listening to the audiobook edition narrated by Simon Vance. And the author I decided to take on this Winter is Margaret Atwood. I have ALIAS GRACE and THE BLIND ASSASSIN HERE on hand in print and; THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD on hold at the library. I’ve already read THE HANDMAID’S TALE and ORYX AND CRAKE.

    I love it when I get my reading organized!

  4. Ah, you are truly an inspiration! As a direct result of your challenge, I’ve also embarked on a Man Booker Personal Challenge. I decided to attack the Man Booker lists from two fronts: I joined a Man Booker Yahoo Group which reads a shortlist or winner from the entire 40 year catalogue and; I decided to tackle the titles by author. Some titles I will listen to in audiobook format and others in print. This month the Group is reading to A BEND IN THE RIVER (by V.S. Naipaul.) I’ll be listening to the audiobook edition narrated by Simon Vance. And the author I decided to take on this Winter is Margaret Atwood. I have ALIAS GRACE and THE BLIND ASSASSIN HERE on hand in print and; THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD on hold at the library. I’ve already read THE HANDMAID’S TALE and ORYX AND CRAKE.

    I love it when I get my reading organized!

  5. I am going to have to do this.. I have read just 2 books in this list! And there are 2 books in my TBR~! I will copy your list too 😉

    For 2010, I am going to concentrate on this and 1001 books, and see if i can get any books finished 🙂

    And did you by any chance review God of Small things, will love to read what you think about it.

    I have a Salman Rushdie book too which I need to read.. I have Nightingale of Florence – it was in the longlist i think..i know you really recommend this author 😀 !! oh! I will definitely read that book 🙂

  6. I am going to have to do this.. I have read just 2 books in this list! And there are 2 books in my TBR~! I will copy your list too 😉

    For 2010, I am going to concentrate on this and 1001 books, and see if i can get any books finished 🙂

    And did you by any chance review God of Small things, will love to read what you think about it.

    I have a Salman Rushdie book too which I need to read.. I have Nightingale of Florence – it was in the longlist i think..i know you really recommend this author 😀 !! oh! I will definitely read that book 🙂

  7. Another thing, I got myself Atonement last year, and well I just can’t seem to GET into that BOOK! I am feeling arghhhhhh!

    Oh I thought I will crib a little… don’t mind 😉

  8. Another thing, I got myself Atonement last year, and well I just can’t seem to GET into that BOOK! I am feeling arghhhhhh!

    Oh I thought I will crib a little… don’t mind 😉

  9. Personally, I find the Man Booker Prize to be an interesting beast.
    Every other Man Booker book that I read ends up being one of the worst books I have ever read.
    But then the ones that don’t fall into that worst book category end up being awesome.
    That said, I still feel like they take the worst of all of the short-listed books and give it the prize.
    It’s weird.

    Anyhow, Good Luck to You!, and I hope there will be more good in there than bad! (I just read your review of the Gathering, which made it to my worst book ever list, and it looks like you almost felt the same way about it as I did.)

  10. Personally, I find the Man Booker Prize to be an interesting beast.
    Every other Man Booker book that I read ends up being one of the worst books I have ever read.
    But then the ones that don’t fall into that worst book category end up being awesome.
    That said, I still feel like they take the worst of all of the short-listed books and give it the prize.
    It’s weird.

    Anyhow, Good Luck to You!, and I hope there will be more good in there than bad! (I just read your review of the Gathering, which made it to my worst book ever list, and it looks like you almost felt the same way about it as I did.)

  11. This is an ambitious goal! As I was scrolling through I thought, “Oh, I’ve read a lot of these”, but when I actually counted, I realized that I have read very few but own a lot of them, especially the winners. Good luck!

  12. This is an ambitious goal! As I was scrolling through I thought, “Oh, I’ve read a lot of these”, but when I actually counted, I realized that I have read very few but own a lot of them, especially the winners. Good luck!

  13. I’m sure you’ll finish this in no time!

  14. I’m sure you’ll finish this in no time!

  15. Excellent! I love the challenge you’ve set for yourself. Don’t forget to visit the challenge blog’s How to Join page. From there you can send an email to my moderator account and I’ll give you privileges to post your reviews over there.

    Looking forward to your Booker reading!

  16. Excellent! I love the challenge you’ve set for yourself. Don’t forget to visit the challenge blog’s How to Join page. From there you can send an email to my moderator account and I’ll give you privileges to post your reviews over there.

    Looking forward to your Booker reading!

  17. LOL Amy, you’re totally right of course! I must have blocked it out as a painful memory…

  18. LOL Amy, you’re totally right of course! I must have blocked it out as a painful memory…

  19. I was going to say exactly what Amy did — LOL! Unfortunately many of the Booker books I’ve read I’ve hated (two examples: English Patient and Amsterdam). I own a handful I haven’t read yet, maybe they’ll be better. One can only hope.

    Good luck.

  20. I was going to say exactly what Amy did — LOL! Unfortunately many of the Booker books I’ve read I’ve hated (two examples: English Patient and Amsterdam). I own a handful I haven’t read yet, maybe they’ll be better. One can only hope.

    Good luck.

  21. Midnight’s Children is one of my favorite books of all time. It is massive and somewhat difficult, but it is absolutely worth your time.

  22. Midnight’s Children is one of my favorite books of all time. It is massive and somewhat difficult, but it is absolutely worth your time.

  23. Thanks for posting this list. I’ve only read a few of these, but have more that I thought waiting on my shelves.

  24. Thanks for posting this list. I’ve only read a few of these, but have more that I thought waiting on my shelves.

  25. Wow, I have only read one of these. Crazy.

  26. Wow, I have only read one of these. Crazy.

  27. This list is so good. I am posting it on my blog and pointing crediting you and Nidhi/Veens.

    Hope that is fine with you?

    In the meantime, if you are hosting this challenge, you can count me in 🙂

  28. This list is so good. I am posting it on my blog and pointing crediting you and Nidhi/Veens.

    Hope that is fine with you?

    In the meantime, if you are hosting this challenge, you can count me in 🙂

  29. Yay, you have some really good books To Be Read with this challenge 🙂 Although some of these I’ve read were more like OK.

    In The Country Of Men by Nadeem Aslam has been waiting on my shelf for way too long now: I absolutely loved his Maps For Lost Lover and couldn’t wait for this next novel to arrive… But then lots of other books got in the way 🙁

    Enjoy your project!

  30. Yay, you have some really good books To Be Read with this challenge 🙂 Although some of these I’ve read were more like OK.

    In The Country Of Men by Nadeem Aslam has been waiting on my shelf for way too long now: I absolutely loved his Maps For Lost Lover and couldn’t wait for this next novel to arrive… But then lots of other books got in the way 🙁

    Enjoy your project!

  31. Thanks for pointing out this challenge. I am going to do the Booker Challenge and the Pulitzer Challenge. I do tend to read both and have a bunch of both books around my place to be read.

    do read Possession soon. It’s wonderful and then you can watch the fantastic film adaptation too. The Blind Assassin and Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood-fab reads.

    I’m listening to Ian McEwan on CD in the car. [I’ve read a few in the past] Right now: Black Dogs.

  32. Thanks for pointing out this challenge. I am going to do the Booker Challenge and the Pulitzer Challenge. I do tend to read both and have a bunch of both books around my place to be read.

    do read Possession soon. It’s wonderful and then you can watch the fantastic film adaptation too. The Blind Assassin and Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood-fab reads.

    I’m listening to Ian McEwan on CD in the car. [I’ve read a few in the past] Right now: Black Dogs.

  33. Very ambitious, I hope to hear about some great books as you do this.

  34. Very ambitious, I hope to hear about some great books as you do this.

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