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The Booker Prize Winners

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The Booker Prize, formerly known as the Booker Prize for Fiction (1969–2001) and the Man Booker Prize (2002–2019), is a literary prize awarded each year for the best novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

The winner of the Booker Prize is generally assured international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade. From its inception, only novels written by Commonwealth, Irish, and South African (and later Zimbabwean) citizens were eligible to receive the prize; in 2014 it was widened to any English-language novel—a change that proved controversial.

The following is a list of winners and shortlisted authors of the Booker Prize for Fiction. Winning titles are listed in yellow, first in their year.

There have been three special awards celebrating the Booker’s history. In 1993, the “Booker of Bookers” prize was awarded to Salman Rushdie for Midnight’s Children (the 1981 winner) as the best novel to win the award in its first 25 years. Midnight’s Children also won a public vote in 2008, on the prize’s fortieth anniversary, “The Best of the Booker”. In 2018 a special “Golden Booker” was awarded celebrating 50 years of the award – this award was won by Michael Ondaatje for The English Patient.

YearAuthorTitlePublisher
1969P. H. NewbySomething to Answer ForFaber & Faber
Barry EnglandFigures in a Landscape
Nicholas MosleyThe Impossible Object
Iris MurdochThe Nice and the Good
Muriel SparkThe Public Image
Gordon WilliamsFrom Scenes Like These
1970Bernice RubensThe Elected MemberEyre & Spottiswoode
A. L. BarkerJohn Brown's Body
Elizabeth BowenEva Trout
Iris MurdochBruno's Dream
William TrevorMrs Eckdorf in O'Neill's Hotel
Terence WheelerThe Conjunction
1970J. G. FarrellTroubles Phoenix
Awarded in 2010Nina BawdenThe Birds on the TreesVirago
as the Lost Man Shirley HazzardThe Bay of NoonVirago
Booker PrizeMary RenaultFire From HeavenArrow
Muriel SparkThe Driver's SeatPenguin
Patrick WhiteThe VivisectorVintage
1971V. S. NaipaulIn a Free StateDeutsch
Thomas KilroyThe Big ChapelFaber & Faber
Doris LessingBriefing for a Descent into HellJonathan Cape
Mordecai RichlerSt. Urbain's HorsemanWeidenfeld & Nicolson
Derek RobinsonGoshawk SquadronHeinemann
Elizabeth TaylorMrs. Palfrey at the ClaremontChatto & Windus
1972John BergerG.Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Susan HillThe Bird of NightHamish Hamilton
Thomas KeneallyThe Chant of Jimmie BlacksmithAngus & Robertson
David StoreyPasmoreLongman
1973J. G. FarrellThe Siege of KrishnapurWeidenfeld & Nicolson
Beryl BainbridgeThe DressmakerDuckworth
Elizabeth MavorThe Green EquinoxMichael Joseph
Iris MurdochThe Black PrinceChatto & Windus
1974Nadine GordimerThe ConservationistJonathan Cape
Stanley MiddletonHolidayHutchinson
Kingsley AmisEnding UpJonathan Cape
Beryl BainbridgeThe Bottle Factory OutingDuckworth
C. P. SnowIn Their WisdomMacmillan
1975Ruth Prawer JhabvalaHeat and DustJohn Murray
Thomas KeneallyGossip from the ForestCollins
1976David StoreySaville Jonathan Cape
André BrinkAn Instant in the WindW. H. Allen
R. C. HutchinsonRisingMichael Joseph
Brian MooreThe Doctor's WifeJonathan Cape
Julian RathboneKing Fisher LivesMichael Joseph
William TrevorThe Children of DynmouthBodley Head
1977Paul ScottStaying On Heinemann
Paul BaileyPeter Smart's ConfessionsJonathan Cape
Caroline BlackwoodGreat Granny WebsterDuckworth
Jennifer JohnstonShadows on our SkinHamish Hamilton
Penelope LivelyThe Road to LichfieldHeinemann
Barbara PymQuartet in AutumnMacmillan
1978Iris MurdochThe Sea, the SeaChatto & Windus
Kingsley AmisJake's ThingHutchinson
André BrinkRumours of RainW. H. Allen
Penelope FitzgeraldThe BookshopDuckworth
Jane GardamGod on the Rocks Hamish Hamilton
Bernice RubensA Five-Year SentenceW. H. Allen
1979Penelope FitzgeraldOffshoreCollins
Thomas KeneallyConfederatesCollins
V. S. NaipaulA Bend in the RiverDeutsch
Julian RathboneJosephMichael Joseph
Fay WeldonPraxisHodder & Stoughton
1980William GoldingRites of PassageFaber & Faber
Anthony BurgessEarthly Powers Hutchinson
Anita DesaiClear Light of DayHeinemann
Alice MunroThe Beggar Maid Viking
Julia O'FaolainNo Country for Young MenViking
Barry UnsworthPascali's IslandMichael Joseph
J. L. CarrA Month in the CountryHarvester
1981Salman RushdieMidnight's ChildrenJonathan Cape
Molly KeaneGood BehaviourDeutsch
Doris LessingThe Sirian ExperimentsJonathan Cape
Ian McEwanThe Comfort of StrangersJonathan Cape
Ann SchleeRhine JourneyMacmillan
Muriel SparkLoitering with IntentBodley Head
D. M. ThomasThe White HotelGollancz
1982Thomas KeneallySchindler's ArkHodder & Stoughton
John ArdenSilence Among the WeaponsMethuen
William BoydAn Ice-Cream WarHamish Hamilton
Lawrence DurrellConstance or Solitary PracticesFaber & Faber
Alice Thomas EllisThe 27th KingdomDuckworth
Timothy MoSour Sweet Deutsch
1983J. M. CoetzeeLife & Times of Michael KSecker & Warburg
Malcolm BradburyRates of ExchangeSecker & Warburg
John FullerFlying to NowhereSalamander
Anita MasonThe IllusionistHamish Hamilton
Salman RushdieShame Jonathan Cape
Graham SwiftWaterlandHeinemann
1984Anita BrooknerHotel du LacJonathan Cape
J. G. BallardEmpire of the SunGollancz
Julian BarnesFlaubert's ParrotJonathan Cape
Anita DesaiIn CustodyHeinemann
Penelope LivelyAccording to MarkHeinemann
David LodgeSmall WorldSecker & Warburg
1985Keri HulmeThe Bone PeopleHodder & Stoughton
Peter CareyIllywhackerFaber & Faber
J. L. CarrThe Battle of Pollocks CrossingViking
Doris LessingThe Good TerroristJonathan Cape
Jan MorrisLast Letters from HavViking
Iris MurdochThe Good ApprenticeChatto & Windus
1986Kingsley AmisThe Old DevilsHutchinson
Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid's TaleJonathan Cape
Paul BaileyGabriel's LamentJonathan Cape
Robertson DaviesWhat's Bred in the BoneViking
Kazuo IshiguroAn Artist of the Floating WorldFaber & Faber
Timothy MoAn Insular PossessionChatto & Windus
1987Penelope LivelyMoon TigerDeutsch
Chinua AchebeAnthills of the SavannahHeinemann
Peter AckroydChattertonHamish Hamilton
Nina BawdenCircles of DeceitMacmillan
Brian MooreThe Colour of BloodJonathan Cape
Iris MurdochThe Book and the BrotherhoodChatto & Windus
1988Peter CareyOscar and LucindaFaber & Faber
Bruce ChatwinUtzJonathan Cape
Penelope FitzgeraldThe Beginning of SpringCollins
David LodgeNice WorkSecker & Warburg
Salman RushdieThe Satanic VersesViking
Marina WarnerThe Lost FatherChatto & Windus
1989Kazuo IshiguroThe Remains of the DayFaber & Faber
Margaret AtwoodCat's EyeBloomsbury
John BanvilleThe Book of EvidenceSecker & Warburg
Sybille BedfordJigsawHamish Hamilton
James KelmanA DisaffectionSecker & Warburg
Rose TremainRestorationHamish Hamilton
1990A. S. ByattPossession: A RomanceChatto & Windus
Beryl BainbridgeAn Awfully Big AdventureDuckworth
Penelope FitzgeraldThe Gate of AngelsCollins
John McGahernAmongst WomenFaber & Faber
Brian MooreLies of SilenceBloomsbury
Mordecai RichlerSolomon Gursky Was HereChatto & Windus
1991Ben OkriThe Famished RoadJonathan Cape
Martin AmisTime's ArrowJonathan Cape
Roddy DoyleThe VanSecker & Warburg
Rohinton MistrySuch a Long JourneyFaber & Faber
Timothy MoThe Redundancy of Courage Chatto & Windus
William TrevorReading Turgenev[2]Viking
1992Michael OndaatjeThe English PatientBloomsbury
Barry UnsworthSacred HungerHamish Hamilton
Christopher HopeSerenity HouseMacmillan
Patrick McCabeThe Butcher Boy Picador
Ian McEwanBlack DogsJonathan Cape
Michèle RobertsDaughters of the HouseVirago
1993Roddy DoylePaddy Clarke Ha Ha HaSecker & Warburg
Tibor FischerUnder the FrogPolygon
Michael IgnatieffScar TissueChatto & Windus
David MaloufRemembering BabylonChatto & Windus
Caryl PhillipsCrossing the RiverBloomsbury
Carol ShieldsThe Stone DiariesFourth Estate
1994James KelmanHow late it was, how lateSecker & Warburg
Romesh GunesekeraReefGranta Books
Abdulrazak GurnahParadiseHamish Hamilton
Alan HollinghurstThe Folding StarChatto & Windus
George Mackay BrownBeside the Ocean of TimeJohn Murray
Jill Paton WalshKnowledge of AngelsGreen Bay
1995Pat BarkerThe Ghost RoadViking
Justin CartwrightIn Every Face I MeetSceptre
Salman RushdieThe Moor's Last SighJonathan Cape
Barry UnsworthMorality PlayHamish Hamilton
Tim WintonThe RidersPicador
1996Graham SwiftLast OrdersPicador
Margaret AtwoodAlias GraceBloomsbury
Beryl BainbridgeEvery Man for HimselfDuckworth
Seamus DeaneReading in the DarkJonathan Cape
Shena MackayThe Orchard on FireHeinemann
Rohinton MistryA Fine BalanceFaber & Faber
1997Arundhati RoyThe God of Small ThingsFlamingo
Jim CraceQuarantineViking
Mick JacksonThe Underground ManPicador
Bernard MacLavertyGrace NotesJonathan Cape
Tim ParksEuropaSecker & Warburg
Madeleine St JohnThe Essence of the ThingFourth Estate
1998Ian McEwanAmsterdamJonathan Cape
Beryl BainbridgeMaster GeorgieDuckworth
Julian BarnesEngland, EnglandJonathan Cape
Martin BoothThe Industry of SoulsDewi Lewis
Patrick McCabeBreakfast on PlutoPicador
Magnus MillsThe Restraint of Beasts Flamingo
1999J. M. CoetzeeDisgraceSecker & Warburg
Anita DesaiFasting, FeastingChatto & Windus
Michael FraynHeadlongFaber & Faber
Andrew O'HaganOur FathersFaber & Faber
Ahdaf SoueifThe Map of LoveBloomsbury
Colm TóibínThe Blackwater LightshipPicador
2000Margaret AtwoodThe Blind AssassinBloomsbury
Trezza AzzopardiThe Hiding Place Picador
Michael CollinsThe Keepers of TruthPhoenix House
Kazuo IshiguroWhen We Were OrphansFaber & Faber
Matthew KnealeEnglish PassengersHamish Hamilton
Brian O'DohertyThe Deposition of Father McGreevyArcadia
2001Peter CareyTrue History of the Kelly GangFaber & Faber
Ian McEwanAtonementJonathan Cape
Andrew MillerOxygenSceptre
David Mitchellnumber9dreamSceptre
Rachel SeiffertThe Dark RoomWilliam Heinemann
Ali SmithHotel WorldHamish Hamilton
2002Yann MartelLife of PiCanongate
Rohinton MistryFamily MattersFaber & Faber
Carol ShieldsUnlessFourth Estate
William TrevorThe Story of Lucy GaultViking
Sarah WatersFingersmithVirago
Tim WintonDirt MusicPicador
2003DBC PierreVernon God Little Faber & Faber
Monica AliBrick LaneDoubleday
Margaret AtwoodOryx and CrakeBloomsbury
Damon GalgutThe Good DoctorAtlantic Books
Zoë HellerNotes on a ScandalViking
Clare MorrallAstonishing Splashes of ColourTindal Street Press
2004Alan HollinghurstThe Line of BeautyPicador
Achmat DangorBitter FruitAtlantic
Sarah HallThe Electric MichelangeloFaber & Faber
David MitchellCloud AtlasSceptre
Colm TóibínThe MasterPicador
Gerard WoodwardI'll Go to Bed at NoonChatto & Windus
2005John BanvilleThe SeaPicador
Julian BarnesArthur & GeorgeJonathan Cape
Sebastian BarryA Long Long WayFaber & Faber
Kazuo IshiguroNever Let Me GoFaber & Faber
Ali SmithThe Accidental Hamish Hamilton
Zadie SmithOn BeautyHamish Hamilton
2006Kiran DesaiThe Inheritance of LossHamish Hamilton
Kate GrenvilleThe Secret RiverCanongate
M. J. HylandCarry Me DownCanongate
Hisham MatarIn the Country of MenViking
Edward St AubynMother's MilkPicador
Sarah WatersThe Night WatchVirago
2007Anne EnrightThe GatheringJonathan Cape
Nicola BarkerDarkmansFourth Estate
Mohsin HamidThe Reluctant FundamentalistHamish Hamilton
Lloyd JonesMister PipJohn Murray
Ian McEwanOn Chesil BeachJonathan Cape
Indra SinhaAnimal's PeopleSimon & Schuster
2008Aravind AdigaThe White TigerAtlantic
Sebastian BarryThe Secret ScriptureFaber & Faber
Amitav GhoshSea of PoppiesJohn Murray
Linda GrantThe Clothes on Their BacksVirago
Philip HensherThe Northern ClemencyFourth Estate
Steve ToltzA Fraction of the WholeHamish Hamilton
2009Hilary MantelWolf HallFourth Estate
A. S. ByattThe Children's BookChatto and Windus
J. M. CoetzeeSummertimeHarvill Secker
Adam FouldsThe Quickening Maze Jonathan Cape
Simon MawerThe Glass RoomLittle, Brown
Sarah WatersThe Little StrangerVirago
2010Howard JacobsonThe Finkler QuestionBloomsbury
Peter CareyParrot and Olivier in AmericaFaber & Faber
Emma DonoghueRoomPicador
Damon GalgutIn a Strange RoomAtlantic Books
Andrea LevyThe Long SongHachette
Tom McCarthyCJonathan Cape
2011Julian BarnesThe Sense of an EndingJonathan Cape
Carol BirchJamrach's MenagerieCanongate
Patrick deWittThe Sisters BrothersGranta Books
Esi EdugyanHalf-Blood BluesSerpent's Tail
Stephen KelmanPigeon EnglishBloomsbury
A D MillerSnowdropsAtlantic Books
2012Hilary MantelBring Up the BodiesFourth Estate
Deborah LevySwimming HomeAnd Other Stories/Faber & Faber
Alison MooreThe LighthouseSalt Publishing
Will SelfUmbrellaBloomsbury
Tan Twan EngThe Garden of Evening MistsMyrmidon Books
Jeet ThayilNarcopolisFaber & Faber
2013Eleanor CattonThe LuminariesGranta
NoViolet BulawayoWe Need New NamesChatto & Windus
Jim CraceHarvestPicador
Jhumpa LahiriThe LowlandBloomsbury
Ruth OzekiA Tale for the Time BeingCanongate
Colm TóibínThe Testament of MaryViking
2014Richard FlanaganThe Narrow Road to the Deep NorthChatto & Windus
Joshua FerrisTo Rise Again at a Decent HourViking
Karen Joy FowlerWe Are All Completely Beside OurselvesSerpent's Tail
Howard JacobsonJJonathan Cape
Neel MukherjeeThe Lives of OthersJonathan Cape
Ali SmithHow to Be BothHamish Hamilton
2015Marlon JamesA Brief History of Seven KillingsOneworld Publications
Tom McCarthySatin IslandJonathan Cape
Chigozie ObiomaThe FishermenOne
Sunjeev SahotaThe Year of the RunawaysPicador
Anne TylerA Spool of Blue ThreadChatto & Windus
Hanya YanagiharaA Little LifePicador
2016Paul BeattyThe SelloutOneworld Publications
Deborah LevyHot MilkHamish Hamilton
Graeme Macrae BurnetHis Bloody ProjectContraband
Ottessa MoshfeghEileenJonathan Cape
David SzalayAll That Man IsJonathan Cape
Madeleine ThienDo Not Say We Have NothingGranta Books
2017George SaundersLincoln in the BardoBloomsbury
Paul Auster4 3 2 1Faber & Faber
Emily FridlundHistory of WolvesWeidenfeld & Nicolson
Mohsin HamidExit WestHamish Hamilton
Fiona MozleyElmetJM Originals, John Murray
Ali SmithAutumnHamish Hamilton
2018Anna BurnsMilkmanFaber & Faber
Esi EdugyanWashington BlackSerpent’s Tail
Daisy JohnsonEverything UnderJonathan Cape
Rachel KushnerThe Mars RoomJonathan Cape
Richard PowersThe OverstoryWilliam Heinemann
Robin RobertsonThe Long TakePicador
2019Margaret AtwoodThe TestamentsVintage, Chatto & Windus
Bernardine EvaristoGirl, Woman, OtherHamish Hamilton
Lucy EllmannDucks, NewburyportGalley Beggar Press
Chigozie ObiomaAn Orchestra of MinoritiesLittle, Brown
Salman RushdieQuichotteJonathan Cape
Elif Shafak10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange WorldViking
2020Douglas StuartShuggie BainPicador, Pan Macmillan
Diane CookThe New WildernessOneworld Publications
Tsitsi DangarembgaThis Mournable BodyFaber & Faber
Avni DoshiBurnt SugarHamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House
Maaza MengisteThe Shadow KingCanongate Books
Brandon TaylorReal LifeOriginals, Daunt Books Publishing
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