Booker Prize-Winning Novels, 1969-2006

A Listmania! list by Z. M. Ridgway (Waco, Texas United States)
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The Inheritance of Loss
1.  The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The list author says:
  "A poignant portrait of modern India (highly recommended by Salman Rushdie, India's master fabulist of "Midnight's Children" fame).  Beautiful character development and brilliant thematic structure more than compensate for the rather predictable plot."
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The Sea
2.  The Sea by John Banville
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  "The eerie, stream-of-consciousness ramblings of a newly widowed man writing a diary.  In addition to processing his grief- and deprivation-emotions, he begins sorting through a very complex childhood trauma."
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Vernon God Little
3.  Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre
The list author says:
  "One of the best, most original novels I've read.  Narrated by a disturbed teenager in the wake of a school shooting - a decent kid serves as the scapegoat of a messed-up world.  Cross "Catcher in the Rye" with "Huckleberry Finn," and include some "South Park" and you will have something like this book."
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The Line of Beauty: A Novel
4.  The Line of Beauty: A Novel by Alan Hollinghurst
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  "Remarkably subtle social satire following the life of a newly "out" young gay man in Thatcher-era England.  Remarkably UNsubtle, pervasive descriptions of gay sex."
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Life of Pi
5.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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  "A very odd novel. Fascinating aspects of narrative structure; terribly awkward descriptions. I spent much of the novel incredulous and bored, but the brilliantly executed conclusion revalues all of what went before."
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True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel
6.  True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel by Peter Carey
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  "Thoroughly captivating novel purporting to be the memoirs of famed Australian folk hero/revolutionary/bandit Ned Kelley."
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel
7.  The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "Magnificent.  Just read it - don't read anything about it that could spoil the plot's various surprises."
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Disgrace: A Novel
8.  Disgrace: A Novel by J. M. Coetzee
The list author says:
  "I must be missing something here - I've enjoyed several of Coetzee's other novels, particularly Elisabeth Costello, but this one was completely unappealing to me.  A boorish protagonist; a constant sense of frustration and futility; cruelty - a brutal gang rape - and the eventual culmination of the novel in acceptance of cruelty..."
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Amsterdam: A Novel
9.  Amsterdam: A Novel by Ian McEwan
The list author says:
  "A very good novel.  Macabre and ironic; very dense and compact.  Not as good as "Atonement," which I consider to be McEwan's masterpiece, but still very worthwhile."
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The God of Small Things: A Novel
10.  The God of Small Things: A Novel by Arundhati Roy
The list author says:
  "Strange, disturbing, magnificent...the author's first and, to date, only novel.  Faulknerian disjunction of chronological sequence - Wagnerian recurrent motives - major themes of class struggle in modern India."
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Last Orders
11.  Last Orders by Graham Swift
The list author says:
  "Very worthwhile.  Despite the encomnia I didn't find it particularly "heart-warming," but it's a solid novel narrated through multiple perspectives."
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The Ghost Road (William Abrahams)
12.  The Ghost Road (William Abrahams) by Pat Barker
The list author says:
  "Some aspects of this novel are very appealing to me...historical drama of WWI interacting beautifully with an anthropologist's work on an island of recently reformed head-hunters.  But what does Lewis Carroll have to do with anything??"
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How Late It Was, How Late: A Novel
13.  How Late It Was, How Late: A Novel by James Kelman
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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
14.  Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
The list author says:
  "An Irish childhood novel - funny, charming, and poignant.  Of course such a book invites comparison with "Portrait of the Artist," "Sons and Lovers," and "Angela's Ashes" - but as far as I'm aware this particular work is not autobiographical."
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Sacred Hunger
15.  Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
The list author says:
  "A sprawling novel - I was afraid that historical fiction set in the 18th century English slave trade would be sermon primarily and novel secondarily.  This novel, however, is very successful - very powerful, very moving."
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The English Patient
16.  The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
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  "Eerie and dreamlike.  Layers of meaning and imagery."
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The Famished Road
17.  The Famished Road by Ben Okri
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Possession
18.  Possession by A. S. Byatt
The list author says:
  "A wonderful novel - delightful in so many ways.  Brilliantly conceived, marvelously told.  Two beautiful romances.  Fascinating pastiche techniques.  One of my favorite novels.  You will leave the novel wishing you could read the complete works of the fictional Randolph Henry Ash...."
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The Remains of the Day
19.  The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The list author says:
  "A period piece following the life of an English butler - narrated in the first person as a journal.  The butler's dedication to his (unworthy) master and his concern for dignity have caused him to neglect his own life - which he realizes progressively and still only partially in the course of the novel."
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Oscar and Lucinda
20.  Oscar and Lucinda by Ralph Fiennes
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Moon Tiger
21.  Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
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The Old Devils: A Novel
22.  The Old Devils: A Novel by Kingsley Amis
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The Bone People
23.  The Bone People by Keri Hulme
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Hotel Du Lac
24.  Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner
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Life and Times of Michael K: A Novel
25.  Life and Times of Michael K: A Novel by J. M. Coetzee
The list author says:
  "This is Coetzee that I like - a life-affirming portrayal of a man's struggle for independence and dignity."
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Schindler's Ark
26.  Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
The list author says:
  "Later retitled "Schindler's List" and made into a movie by Stephen Spielberg, this "factional" novel is based on the true story of Oscar Schindler."
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Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
27.  Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) by Salman Rushdie
The list author says:
  "The book that launched Rushdie's international career.  Winner not only of the Booker, but of the Booker of Bookers and the Best of the Booker.  Magical realism at its finest - a parable of India struggling towards independence."
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Rites of Passage (To the End of the Earth)
28.  Rites of Passage (To the End of the Earth) by William Golding
The list author says:
  "Well, it's Golding, which means it's good...but it's one of my least favorite of his novels.  I much prefer Lord of the Flies, The Pyramid, or The Spire to this one."
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Offshore
29.  Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
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The Sea, The Sea (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
30.  The Sea, The Sea (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by Iris Murdoch
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Staying On: A Novel (Phoenix Fiction)
31.  Staying On: A Novel (Phoenix Fiction) by Paul Scott
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Saville
32.  Saville by David Storey
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Heat and Dust
33.  Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
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Holiday
34.  Holiday by Stanley Middleton
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The Conservationist
35.  The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
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  "Powerful and chilling story of a white businessman named Mehring in a troubled South Africa.  Subtle portrait of race- and class-relations. Brilliantly structured - images inserted in one stage of the narrative recur cyclically throughout."
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The Siege of Krishnapur (New York Review Books Classics)
36.  The Siege of Krishnapur (New York Review Books Classics) by J. G. Farrell
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G.: A Novel
37.  G.: A Novel by John Berger
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In a Free State: A Novel
38.  In a Free State: A Novel by V. S. Naipaul
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Troubles (New York Review Books Classics)
39.  Troubles (New York Review Books Classics) by J. G. Farrell
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The Elected Member
40.  The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens
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