Man Booker Prize

Goal 1: I’d like to read the shortlist every year (schedule permitting) and see if I can guess the winner.

Goal 2: I’d like to read the shortlisted books from 2000 – present. (I wasn’t paying attention earlier than this so it’s the titles from 2000 on that make me say, “Right, I meant to read that…”) Books with the double asterisk (**) won their year.

2022 (longlist)

  • After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz
  • Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • The Colony by Audrey Magee
  • Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer
  • Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
  • Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
  • Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
  • Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
  • The Trees by Percival Everett
  • Trust by Hernan Diaz


  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers
  • The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  • No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
  • A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
  • **The Promise by Damon Galgut


  • Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
  • The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor
  • The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
  • **Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
  • This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga


  • Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
  • **Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  • An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
  • Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
  • **The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  • 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak


  • Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
  • The Long Take by Robin Robertson
  • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  • **Milkman by Anna Burns
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan


  • Autumn by Ali Smith
  • Elmet by Fiona Mozley
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • **Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster


  • All That Man Is by David Szalay
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  • **The Sellout by Paul Beatty


  • **A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
  • The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota


  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith
  • J by Howard Jacobson
  • The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
  • **The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


  • Harvest by Jim Crace
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • **The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
  • We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo


  • **Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
  • The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
  • Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
  • Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
  • Umbrella by Will Self


  • Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
  • Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
  • **The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • Snowdrops by A.D. Miller


  • C by Tom McCarthy
  • **The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
  • In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
  • The Long Song by Andrea Levy
  • Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
  • Room by Emma Donoghue


  • The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
  • The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  • The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds
  • Summertime by J.M. Coetzee
  • **Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


  • The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
  • A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
  • The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
  • Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
  • The Secret Sculpture by Sebastian Barry
  • **The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga


  • Animal’s People by Indra Sinha
  • Darkmans by Nicola Barker
  • **The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid


  • Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland
  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  • **The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  • Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • The Secret River by Kate Grenville


  • The Accidental by Ali Smith
  • Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
  • A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • **The Sea by John Banville


  • Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall
  • I’ll Go to Bed at Noon by Gerard Woodward
  • **The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
  • The Master by Colm Tóibín


  • Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall
  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  • The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut
  • Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • **Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre


  • Dirt Music by Tim Winton
  • Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • **Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
  • Unless by Carol Shields


  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
  • Hotel World by Ali Smith
  • number9dream by David Mitchell
  • Oxygen by Andrew Miller
  • **True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey


  • **The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • The Deposition of Father McGreevy by Brian O’Doherty
  • English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
  • The Keepers of Truth by Michael Collins
  • The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
  • When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

1999: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

1998: Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

1997: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

1996: Last Orders by Graham Swift

1995: The Ghost Road by Pat Barker

1994: How late it was, how late by James Kelman

1993: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

1992: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
1992: Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth

1991: The Famished Road by Ben Okri

1990: Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt

1989: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

1988: Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

1987: Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

1986: The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis

1985: The Bone People by Keri Hulme

1984: Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

1983: Life & Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee

1982: Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

1981: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

1980: Rites of Passage by William Golding

1979: Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald

1978: The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch

1977: Staying On by Paul Scott

1976: Saville by David Storey

1975: Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

1974: The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
1974: Holiday by Stanley Middleton

1973: The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell

1972: G. by John Berger

1971: In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul

1970: The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens
1970: Troubles by J.G. Farrell

1969: Something to Answer For by P.H. Newby