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Man Booker Prize Winners

A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James

A tale inspired by the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley spans decades and continents to explore the experiences of journalists, drug dealers, killers and ghosts against a backdrop of period social and political turmoil. By the award-winning author ofThe Book of Night Women.


2015 Booker Prize Winner
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan

Haunted by the death of his wife while attending brutally sick and injured soldiers at a World War II Japanese POW camp, surgeon Dorrigo Evans receives a letter that irrevocably shapes the subsequent decades of his life in Australia. By the award-winning author of Gould's Book of Fish.


2014 Booker Prize Winner
The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton

Prostitute Anna Wetherell is arrested on the same day that three men with various connections to her disappear from a coastal New Zealand town during the 1866 gold rush in this new novel from the author of The Rehearsal.


2013 Booker Prize Winner
Bring Up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel

A sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall depicts the downfall of Anne Boleyn at the hands of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.



2012 Booker Prize Winner
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes

Follows a middle-aged man as he reflects on a past he thought was behind him, until he is presented with a legacy that forces him to reconsider different decisions, and to revise his place in the world.


2011 Booker Prize Winner
The Finkler Question
by Howard Jacobson

Julian Treslove, a radio producer, and Samuel Finkler, a Jewish philosopher, have been friends since childhood and, as they enter middle age, they reminisce over their struggles with self-identity, anti-Semitism, women, love, and the past.


2010 Booker Prize Winner
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel

Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome and many of his people, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price.


2009 Booker Prize Winner
The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga

Relocating to New Delhi when he is offered a new job, Balram Halwai is disillusioned by the city's twenty-first-century materialism and technology-spawned violence, a circumstance that forces him to question his loyalties, ambitions, and past.


2008 Booker Prize Winner
The Gathering
by Anne Enright

As nine members of the Hegarty clan gather for the wake of their drowned brother Liam, his sister Veronica remembers the secret he shared with her about what happened in their grandmother's house thirty years ago, a betrayal that spans three generations.


2007 Booker Prize Winner
The Inheritance of Loss
by Kiran Desai

In a crumbling house in the remote northeastern Himalayas, an embittered, elderly judge finds his peaceful retirement turned upside down by the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, but their world--and Sai's romance with her handsome Nepali tutor--is threatened by a Nepalese insurgency. By the author of Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.

2006 Booker Prize Winner
The Sea
by John Banville

Struggling to cope with grief, anger, and loss following the death of his wife, Max, a middle-aged man, returns to his childhood seaside home, where he deals with his memories of his first encounter with the Graces, a wealthy vacationing family, his recollections of his wife, and the emotional upheaval of the present as he comes to an understanding of the profound influence of the past on the his life.

2005 Booker Prize Winner
The Line of Beauty
by Alan Hollinghurst

Moving into the attic room in the Notting Hill home of the wealthy, politically connected Fedden family in 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest becomes caught up in the rising fortunes of this glamorous family and finds his own life forever altered by his association during the boom years of the 1980s. By the author of The Swimming-Pool Library.

2004 Booker Prize Winner
Vernon God Little : A 21st Century Comedy in the Presence of Death
by D. B. C. Pierre

In the small town of Martirio, Texas, fifteen-year-old Vernon Little finds himself in deep trouble after his best friend Jesus kills sixteen of his classmates before committing suicide as he becomes the target of both vengeful townspeople in search of vengeance and justice and the media's thirst for sensation.

2003 Booker Prize Winner
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals, until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.


2002 Booker Prize Winner
True History of the Kelly Gang
by Peter Carey

Ned Kelly, the legendary nineteenth-century Australian folk-hero, describes how he, his brother, and two friends led authorities on a twenty-month manhunt, marked by widespread populist support, before his capture and execution.


2001 Booker Prize Winner
The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood

In an imaginative, multi-layered novel, Iris describes the 1945 death of her sister, Laura, who drives her car off a bridge, followed two years later by the death of her husband, a wealthy industrialist whose body is found aboard a sailboat, in a story that features a novel-within-a-novel about two unnamed lovers who meet in a dark backstreet room.

2000 Booker Prize Winner
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