Man Booker Prize

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

Great novels of the Commonwealth

Britain's most prestigious literary award is presented each Oct. or Nov. by the National Book League in the United Kingdom, for the best full-length novel written in English by a citizen of a current or former British Commonwealth country. The name of the award changed in 2002 from the Booker Prize, or officially the Booker McConnell Prize, to the Man Booker Prize, and the purse increased from $30,000 to about $80,000. (Book's current publisher is listed in parentheses.)

1969 Something to Answer For, P. H. Newby (out of print)
1970 The Elected Member, Bernice Rubens (Abacus [Little Brown U.K.])
1971 In a Free State, V. S. Naipaul (Random House) paper
1972 G.: A Novel, John Berger (Vintage) paper
1973 The Siege of Krishnapur, J. G. Farrell (Carroll & Graf) paper
1974 (tie) The Conservationist, Nadine Gordimer (Viking) paper
  Holiday, Stanley Middleton (out of print)
1975 Heat and Dust, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Peter Smith)
1976 Saville, David Storey (Vintage) U.K.
1977 Staying On, Paul Scott (Univ. of Chicago Press) paper
1978 The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch (Viking) paper
1979 Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald (Mariner) paper
1980 Rites of Passage, William Golding (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
1981 Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie (Knopf)
1982 Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally (Simon & Schuster)
1983 Life & Times of Michael K, J. M. Coetzee (Viking) paper
1984 Hotel du Lac, Anita Brookner (Vintage) paper
1985 The Bone People, Keri Hulme (Viking) paper
1986 The Old Devils, Kingsley Amis (Penguin) U.K.
1987 Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively (Grove/Atlantic) paper
1988 Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey (Vintage) paper
1989 The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (Vintage) paper
1990 Possession: A Romance, A. S. Byatt (Vintage) paper
1991 The Famished Road, Ben Okri (Anchor) paper
1992 The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje (Knopf)
  Sacred Hunger, Barry Unsworth (W. W. Norton & Company) paper
1993 Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha, Roddy Doyle (Penguin USA) paper
1994 How Late It Was, How Late, James Kelman (Delta) paper
1995 The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (Dutton)
1996 Last Orders, Graham Swift (Knopf)
1997 The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy (Random House)
1998 Amsterdam, Ian McEwan (Doubleday)
1999 Disgrace, J. M. Coetzee (Viking)
2000 The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood (Random House)
2001 True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey (Knopf)
2002 Life of Pi, Yann Martel (Harcourt Brace)
2003 Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre (Peter Warren Finlay) (Canongate Pub Ltd)
2004 The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (Bloomsbury USA)
2005 The Sea, John Banville (Vintage)
2006 The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai (Grove)
2007 The Gathering, Anne Enright (Grove)
2008 The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga (Atlantic)
2009 Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt)
2010 The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury)
2011 The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes (Jonathon Cape)
2012 Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
2013 The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (Granta)
2014 The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Knopf)
2015 A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (Riverhead Books)
2016 The Sellout By Paul Beatty Published by (Oneworld)
2017 Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing)
2018 Milkman, Anna Burns (Faber & Faber)
2019 The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
  Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin General, Hamish Hamilton)
2020 Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart (Picador, Pan Macmillan)
2021 TBA
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