as part of my ongoing 35 things to do before i turn 35, i have decided to read all of the man booker award winners from my lifetime in the order that they were published. it’s a way for me to diversify the books that i read, and it also gives me a little challenge for myself. i figure if i mix one booker winner in between my other reads, i should be able to knock this one out, or at least come pretty darn close.

here is my list:

  1. life & times of michael k, by jm coetzee.
  2. hotel du lac, by anita brookner.
  3. the bone people, by keri hulme.
  4. the old devils, by kingsley amis.
  5. moon tiger, by penelope lively.
  6. oscar and lucinda, by peter carey.
  7. the remains of the day, by kazuo ishiguro.
  8. possession: a romance, by as byatt.
  9. the famished road, by ben okri.
  10. the english patient, by michael ondaatje + sacred hunger, by barry unsworth.
  11. paddy clarke ha ha ha, by roddy doyle.
  12. how late it was, how late, by james kelman.
  13. the ghost road, by pat barker.
  14. last orders, by graham swift.
  15. the god of small things, by arundhati roy.
  16. amsterdam, by ian mcewan.
  17. disgrace, by jm coetzee.
  18. the blind assassin, by margaret atwood.
  19. true history of the kelly gang, by peter carey.
  20. life of pi, by yann martel.
  21. vernon god little, by dbc pierre.
  22. the line of beauty, by alan hollinghurst.
  23. the sea, by john banville.
  24. the inheritance of loss, by kiran desai.
  25. the gathering, by anne enright.
  26. the white tiger, by aravind adiga.
  27. wolf hall, by hilary mantel.
  28. the finkler question, by howard jacobson.
  29. the sense of an ending, by julian barnes.
  30. bring up the bodies, by hilary mantel.
  31. the luminaries, by eleanor catton.
  32. the narrow road to the deep north, by richard flanagan.

as you can see, i’ve got my work cut out for me. i have previously read life of pi and the inheritance of loss, and while i wasn’t crazy about the first i loved the second. i’ll make a decision when i come to them if i feel like re-reading them.

keep checking back to see how i am progressing!


7 thoughts on “booker award winners.

  1. Julie Smith says:

    Ok, total confession time. I, too, am a total book lover. BUT I cannot for some reason connect with the Booker Prize. Every year when the short list comes out, I dutifully check out the books from the library, but I cannot seem to enjoy any of them. The US National Book Award is a different story – I almost always love those. Weird, right? Good on you for tackling this list!


    1. veen83 says:

      I hear that a lot about Booker Winners! I have read 3 previous ones – Midnight’s Children, The Inheritance of Loss, and Life of Pi – and while I loved the first two, I never really got into the third. I feel like it’s hit-or-miss, but I’m intrigued to see how it all turns out. I will have more updates in the coming months! What are you currently reading? I always love adding to my collection 🙂


  2. justinfenech says:

    Richard Flanagan’s novel is quite a treat. Not literally; it is no easy reading. But that is what most Booker winning novels do: combine historical facts with humanising stories. That’s why I love the Booker. It is conscientious literature.


    1. veen83 says:

      That’s great to hear, Justin. I have been struggling with a few of the books, but I am determined to stick with this project. Almost finished with The Old Devils, which is the first one I have really enjoyed. Your point about combining historical facts with humanising stories is a great one, and one I will remind myself of if I find myself getting too mired down in this project. Thanks for commenting and following!


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