Booker Prize

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The Booker Prize for Fiction — formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize (1969–2001) and the Man Booker Prize (2002–2019) — is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. Initially, only novels written by Commonwealth citizens were eligible to receive the prize however, in 2014, it was (some say controversially) widened to any English-language novel. It is considered to be mark of distinction for authors to be selected for inclusion in the shortlist or even to be nominated for the prize’s long-list.

1969
📙 Something to Answer For // Novel
— by P. H. Newby

1970
📙 The Elected Member // Novel
— by Bernice Rubens

1970
📙 Troubles // Novel
— by J. G. Farrell

1971
V. S. Naipaul
In a Free State // Novel

1972
John Berger
G. // Experimental novel

1973
J. G. Farrell
The Siege of Krishnapur // Novel

1974
Nadine Gordimer
The Conservationist
and
Stanley Middleton
Holiday // Novel

1975
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Heat and Dust // Historical novel

1976
David Storey
Saville // Novel

1977
Paul Scott
Staying On // Novel

1978
Iris Murdoch
The Sea, the Sea // Philosophical novel

1979
Penelope Fitzgerald
Offshore // Novel

1980
William Golding
Rites of Passage // Novel

1981
Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children
Magic realism

1982
Thomas Keneally
Schindler’s Ark // Biographical novel

1983
J. M. Coetzee
Life & Times of Michael K // Novel

1984
Anita Brookner
Hotel du Lac // Novel

1985
Keri Hulme
The Bone People // Mystery novel

1986
Kingsley Amis
The Old Devils
Comic novel

1987
Penelope Lively
Moon Tiger //Novel

1988
Peter Carey
Oscar and Lucinda // Historical novel

1989
Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day // Historical novel

1990
A. S. Byatt
Possession // Historical novel

1991
Ben Okri
The Famished Road // Magic realism

1992
Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient // Historiographic metafiction
and
Barry Unsworth
Sacred Hunger Historical novel

1993
Roddy Doyle
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha // Novel

1994
James Kelman
How Late It Was, How Late // Stream of consciousness

1995
Pat Barker
The Ghost Road // War novel

1996
Graham Swift
Last Orders // Novel

1997
Arundhati Roy
The God of Small Things // Novel

1998
Ian McEwan
Amsterdam // Novel

1999
J. M. Coetzee
Disgrace // Novel

2000
Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin // Historical novel

2001
Peter Carey
True History of the Kelly Gang // Historical novel

2002
Yann Martel
Life of Pi // Fantasy & adventure novel

2003
DBC Pierre
Vernon God Little // Black comedy

2004
Alan Hollinghurst
The Line of Beauty // Historical novel

2005
John Banville
The Sea // Novel

2006
Kiran Desai
The Inheritance of Loss //Novel

2007
Anne Enright
The Gathering // Novel

2008
Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger // Novel

2009
Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall // Historical novel

2010
Howard Jacobson
The Finkler Question // Comic novel

2011
Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending // Novel

2012
Hilary Mantel
Bring Up the Bodies // Historical novel

2013
Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries // Historical novel

2014
Richard Flanagan
The Narrow Road to the Deep North // Historical novel

2015
Marlon James
A Brief History of Seven Killings // Historical/experimental novel

2016
Paul Beatty
The Sellout // Satirical novel

2017
George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo // Historical/experimental novel

2018
Anna Burns
Milkman // Novel

2019
Margaret Atwood
The Testaments // Novel
and
Bernardine Evaristo
Girl, Woman, Other // Experimental novel


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BOOKS OF FICTION NON-FICTION BOOKS .
Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986) was a French writer, philosopher and political activist. She is known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.
The Second Sex
1984
1984
Delta of Venus
Delta of Venus
A Room of one's own
A Room of One’s Own
War and Peace is the 1869 novel by Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It is regarded as a classic of world literature. (The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families.) Tolstoy said War and Peace is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle." Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel.
War and Peace
The Trial, by Franz Kafka (1914 [1925]) -- A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a regular basis--an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life--including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door--becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.
The Trial
Brave New World (1932) is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley. Set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist (one Bernard Marx). In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World at number five on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th c.
Brave New World
Beloved is a 1987 novel by the late American writer Toni Morrison. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 and, in a survey of writers and literary critics compiled by The New York Times, it was ranked the best work of American fiction from 1981 to 2006. The work, set after the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865, was inspired by the life of Margaret Garner, an African American who escaped slavery by crossing the Ohio River to Ohio, a free state. Garner was subsequently captured and decided to kill her infant daughter rather than have her taken into slavery.
Beloved
Moby-Dick
The Grapes of Wrath

The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese-American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran. The Prophet has been translated into over 100 different languages, making it one of the most translated books in history. Moreover, it has never been out of print.The Prophet
“If you love somebody, let them go, if they don’t return, they were never yours.”
The Essential Rumi, by Rumi ~ e.g. ~ 'Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.'The Essential Rumi
“Lovers do not finally meet somewhere. They are in each other all along.”
Ways of Escape, a journey of sorts -- 'I was dead, deader than dead because, I was still alive.'Ways of Escape:
a journey of sorts

A short excerpt from the book: “I was dead, deader than dead because, I was still alive.”
The Significance of Literature, the podcast series.The Significance of
Literature

A podcast series that chronologically charts the key works of poetry and prose.