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Booker Award Winners

we did the Research so you don't have to!

Originally the Man-Booker prize (changed this year), the Booker is awarded to a full length novel in English (not translated) by a citizen of the UK, South Africa, or Ireland. In 2014 the prize was expanded to include any novel written in English, which is a controversial decision. Awarded annually in October. This list covers winners through 2000. (we're working on adding them all)

**When a book we review is a winner in one of the other categories, we'll note it in the review.

2019 TIE - Testaments, Margaret Atwood, 422 pages

The long awaited sequel to the Handmaid's Tale, it picks up 15 years after the earlier book and is narrated by three women from Gilead.

2019 TIE - Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo, 453 pages

Follows the lives and struggles of twelve different characters, mostly black women, in the UK. We learn of their families, friends, lovers, and more across the years.

2018 - Milkman, Anna Burns, 352 pages

also National Book winner - As the middle daughter tries to keep a boyfriend secret, she meets Milkman and as that becomes known, rumors start; a tale of gossip and heresay, silence and deliberate deafness with enormous consequences.

2017 - Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders, 343 pages

also Audie winner - The 11 year old son of President Lincoln dies and we meet the ghosts who inhabit the cemetery as they bicker and argue over the soul of the young boy. 

2016 - The Sellout, Paul Beatty, 289 pages

In this biting satire, a man is raised by a single father as a subject in ongoing racially charged psychological studies. Upon the death of his father, he discovers there's been no point to his life so he conceives of a radical notion that lands him at the Supreme Court: he tries to reinstate slavery and school segregation in a small California town.

2015 - A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James, 688 pages

Spanning decades, continents, and a wide range of characters, this novel explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 70s.

2014 - The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan, 467 pages

An Australian doctor travels the world, haunted by an illicit love affair. As he battles and fails to save fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and love is found.

2013 - The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton, 848 pages

Set in 1866 New Zealand's gold rush, a young man set on making his fortune meets 12 men who will influence his life. Evocative of time and place, banking and gold rush boom or bust, as well as a clever ghost story.

2012 - Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, 412 pages

Thomas Cromwell #2 in trilogy - Henry VIII is tiring of Anne Boleyn and wants Cromwell to rid the court of her but her powerful family will not yield.

2011 - The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes, 150 pages

Intense novel that follows middle aged man as he deals with his past when his best friends, one from the grave and one very present, present him with a mysterious legacy.

2010 - The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson, 307 pages

Two friends and their former teacher reconnect and at dinner reminisce about love lost, life with children, and wonder if it is better to never love at all. After dinner, on the way home, one is attacked and his live is changed forever.

2009 - Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, 653 pages

Thomas Cromwell #1 - England is on the brink of disaster and there is no male heir. Henry VIII wants to annul marriage to wife of 20 years and marry Anne Boleyn so Cromwell, bully, charmer, opportunist, steps in to help the king.

2008 - The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga, 320 pages

In India, over the course of seven nights, a man tells his life story: entrepreneur, philosopher, murderer, and along the way we see India through eyes that few outsiders have the opportunity to experience.

2007 - The Gathering, Anne Enright, 261 pages

An Irish family epic of 9 surviving children gathering on the death of a brother and the secrets held by the family. Daring, witty, family story about love and disappointment.

2006 - The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai, 357 pages

At the base of a mountain in the Himalayas, an embittered judge is suddenly faced with his orphaned granddaughter but he is distracted by his distant son in NYC. The characters illustrate the consequences of colonialism in the modern world.

2005 - The Sea, John Banville, 195 pages

A middle aged Irishman returns to his home town after his wife's death and finds childhood friends that bring back memories. These memories intertwine with memories of his wife, and his daughter as she tries to pull him from grief.

2004 - The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst, 438 pages

In 1983 a young man rents a room in the home of a wealthy family and finds his life changed by the rising fortunes of this family. Richly textured, disarmingly funny.

2003 - Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre, 279 pages

Funny and insightful, irreverent and bizarre, this book take as look at pop culture by an unlikely hero; set in Texas and Mexico.

2002 - Life of Pi, Yann Martel,460 pages

A fantasy adventure, a young boy survives over 200 days in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

2001 - The History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey, 384 pages

A classic outlaw tale set in Australia. Ned Kelly writes his life story for his daughter on scraps of paper as he's being chased by the police. Ned saw the inside of his first cell by 15 and by 26 was a 'most wanted' criminal.

2000 - The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood, 637 pages

A sci-fi novel about two unnamed lovers within the larger novel is the creative technique used to tell the story of sisters Iris and Laura.