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Booker Prize

The Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969. Its aim was to stimulate the reading and discussion of contemporary fiction.

The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades.

Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best sustained work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career.

The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the six shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a global readership and can expect a dramatic increase in book sales.

The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity, established in 2002, whose purpose is to promote the art and value of literature for the public benefit. Among the ways in which it fulfils this mission is the awarding of the Booker Prize and the International Booker Prize

 

2022
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida Book by Shehan Karunatilaka (Sri Lanka)

2021
The Promise by Damon Galgut (South Africa)

2020
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (United Kingdom)

2019 (2 winners)
The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2) by Margaret Atwood (Canada)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (United Kingdom)

2018
Milkman by Anna Burns United Kingdom / Northern Ireland

2017
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, United States

2016
The Sellout by Paul Beatty, United States

2015
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Jamaica

2014
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan ,Australia

2013
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Canada / New Zealand

2012
Bring Up The Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel ,United Kingdom

2011
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, United Kingdom

2010
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, United Kingdom

2009
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell #1) by Hilary Mantel, United Kingdom

2008
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, India

2007
The Gathering by Anne Enright, Ireland

2006
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, India

2005
The Sea by John Banville, Ireland

2004
The Line of Beauty by Allan Hollinghurst, United Kingdom

2003
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre, Australia

2002
Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Canada

2001
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey, Australia

2000
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, Canada

1999
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee, South Africa

1998
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan, United Kingdom

1997
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, India

1996
Last Orders by Graham Swift, United Kingdom

1995
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker, United Kingdom

1994
How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman United Kingdom

1993
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle Ireland

1992 (2 winners)
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, United Kingdom
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Canada / Sri Lanka

1991
The Famished Road by Ben Okri , Nigeria

1990
Possession by A. S. Byatt , United Kingdom

1989
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro United Kingdom / Japan

1988
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, Australia

1987
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, United Kingdom.

1986
The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis, United Kingdom

1985
The Bone People by Keri Hulme, New Zealand

1984
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner, United Kingdom

1983
Life & Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee South Africa

1982
Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally Australia

1981
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie United Kingdom / India

1980
Rites of Passage by William Golding United Kingdom

1979
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald United Kingdom

1978
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch Ireland / United Kingdom

1977
Staying On by Paul Scott United Kingdom

1976
Saville by David Storey United Kingdom

1975
Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala United Kingdom / Germany

1974 ( 2 Awards)
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer South Africa
Holiday by Stanley Middleton United Kingdom

1973
The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell United Kingdom / Ireland

1972
G. by John Berger United Kingdom
The curiously-named G. by John Berger is The Booker Prize Winner of 1972 as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

1971
In a Free State (short story) by V. S. Naipaul United Kingdom / Trinidad and Tobago

1970
Troubles by J. G. Farrell United Kingdom / Ireland

1970
The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens United Kingdom

1969
Something to Answer For by P. H. Newby United Kingdom