Man 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
Pidgeon 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 Marion 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

2017

Compass by Mathias Énard
A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors
Judas by Amos Oz
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin