Man Booker Prize Winners (1997-2014)
The God of Small Things (1997)
By Arundhati Roy
Fun Fact: The title The God of Small Things refers to the character Velutha, a family handyman.
By Ian McEwan
Fun Fact: In the novel, Amsterdam is where Clive must premiere his composition commissioned by the Millennium Symphony.
By J. M. Coetzee
Fun Fact: J.M. Coetzee also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.
The Blind Assassin (2000)
By Margaret Atwood
Fun Fact: Margaret Atwood became internationally famous after the success of her 1984 novel, The Handmaid's Tale.
True History of the Kelly Gang (2001)
By Peter Carey
Fun Fact: Ned Kelly's father, John "Red" Kelly, was an Irishman who was transported to Australia, eventually settling in the Victoria.
Life of Pi (2002)
By Yann Martel
Fun Fact: Yann Martel is a Canadian author, born in Spain, who was inspired to write Life of Pi during a trip to India.
Vernon God Little (2003)
By DBC Pierre
Fun Fact: DBC Pierre is the pen name of an Australian writer named Peter Finlay, who lived much of his life in Mexico and Texas.
The Line of Beauty (2004)
By Alan Hollinghurst
Fun Fact: The Line of Beauty was made into a BBC television drama series and a feature film in 2006.
The Sea (2005)
By John Banville
Fun Fact: The Sea is the 14th novel written by John Banville.
The Inheritance of Loss (2006)
By Kiran Desai
Fun Fact: The daughter of novelist Anita Desai (author of 1984's In Custody), Kiran Desai grew up in India, England, and the United States.
The Gathering (2007)
By Anne Enright
Fun Fact: The main character in The Gathering, Veronica Hegerty, is one of 12 children.
The White Tiger (2008)
By Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger tells the tale of two Indias as it takes the reader on Balram's journey from the darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success. Themes include: corruption, religious tensions, loyalty, and globalization.
Fun Fact: The The White Tiger was Aravind Adiga's debut novel.Source:http://www.themanbookerprize.com
Wolf Hall (2009)
By Hilary Mantel
In the historical novel Wolf Hall, Mantel tells the story of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of England's King Henry VIII.
Fun Fact: Hilary Mantel spent five years researching and writing Wolf Hall.
The Finkler Question (2010)
By Howard Jacobson
In The Finkler Question, Jacobson tells the story of three friends–two recently widowed Jewish men and one unmarried Gentile. After reuniting for an evening of reminiscing, one of the men is attacked on his way home and his whole sense of who and what he is slowly and ineluctably changes. The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity.
Fun Fact: The Finkler Question is a comic novel.Source:http://www.themanbookerprize.com
The Sense of an Ending (2011)
By Julian Barnes
In The Sense of an Ending, Barnes tells a tragic story about childhood friendship, suicide, and the imperfections of memory. As schoolboys, Tony Webster and Adrian Finn's friendship is strained by a female relationship and later severed by suicide. When Tony receives an unexpected bequest in his early sixties, he is driven to seek out the truth about the past and reassess long-held assumptions.
Fun Fact: Barnes was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1984, 1998, and 2005.Source:http://www.themanbookerprize.com
Bring Up the Bodies (2012)
By Hilary Mantel
In Bring Up the Bodies, Mantel continues the story of the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell in the court of England's King Henry VIII during 1535 and 1536. This sequel to Wolf Hall is the second historical novel in a planned trilogy.
Fun Fact: Hilary Mantel is the third author to win the Man Booker Prize twice and the first to win with a sequel.Source:http://www.themanbookerprize.com
The Luminaries (2013)
The Luminaries is a murder mystery set during the New Zealand gold rush of the 1860s. This Victorian epic is Eleanor Catton's second novel.
Fun Facts: At age 28, Eleanor Catton is the youngest author to win the Man Booker Prize. At over 800 pages, The Luminaries is the longest work to win the Man Booker Prize.Source:http://www.themanbookerprize.com
The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2014)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan is a love story unfolding over half a century between a doctor and his uncle's wife. The novel is set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War II.
Fun Facts: The novel takes its title from Oku no Hosomichi, one of the most famous books in classical Japanese literature, written by 17th-century haiku poet Basho.Source:http://www.themanbookerprize.com