Booker Prize Project

Logo for Man Booker PrizeI have unofficially been trying to read books from the Booker Prize shortlist for several years, so I decided to make it official and start a project. Since the prize goes back a long way, though, it is too much to aim for reading all the books. So, I have arbitrarily selected a cut-off date of 2010. I have already read some of the books, and my reviews are linked. The winning novels appear in purple (if linked) or red (if not linked). Some of the novels are also shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize, so that is convenient, since I also have a project to read that list.

Cover for Parrot and Olivier2010

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

Cover for The Sense of an Ending2011

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

Cover of Bring Up the Bodies2012

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

Cover for The Luminaries2013

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

Cover for The Narrow Road to the Deep North2014

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

Cover for A Spool of Blue Thread2015

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

Cover for Eileen2016

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

Cover for History of Wolves2017

4321 by Paul Auster
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Autumn by Ali Smith


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


The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozi Obioma
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak


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


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


Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Trees by Percival Everett
Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout