Category Archives: Man Booker Winner

The Sellout — Paul Beatty

I don’t know if this is because more are being written, or if it’s simply that more are coming across my radar, but I am increasingly seeing books (and very good ones at that) explicitly dealing with issues of race … Continue reading

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The God of Small Things — Arundhati Roy

In 1993, a young woman, Rahel, looks back at a few days in 1969 when a visiting cousin from England, Sophie Mol, is killed. At the heart of the novel are two important relationships: that between Rahel and her twin … Continue reading

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Possession: A Romance — A. S. Byatt

Possession is not for everyone. It’s long and rambling, taking an age to narrate the most mundane of actions, and it’s packaged in a faux-Victorian style, thankfully borrowed more from poetry than novels. But I’m not alone in loving it, … Continue reading

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The Remains of the Day — Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day is Ishiguro’s third novel, and probably remains his most famous. Many people I know rate it as one of the best books they have read and two acquaintances consider it their favourite book. When I … Continue reading

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Oscar and Lucinda — Peter Carey

Peter Carey’s third novel, and his second to receive a Booker nomination, Oscar and Lucinda enjoys a weighty reputation and seems to inspire a large degree of attachment among many who read it. And deservedly so. This is an excellent … Continue reading

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The Bone People — Keri Hulme

The Bone People is New Zealander Keri Hulme’s first and (to date) only novel. It tells the story of Kerewin Holmes, an artist living a reclusive life on the coast. Early in the story she meets a mute boy, Simon, … Continue reading

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Schindler’s Ark — Thomas Keneally

The story of Schindler’s Ark is probably familiar to many, having been turned into the movie Schindler’s List (in fact, the latter name is what the book was published as in the US, and in the Commonwealth after the success … Continue reading

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The Sea, The Sea — Iris Murdoch

Murdoch’s 19th novel, and her fourth to be nominated for the Booker, is a first-person account narrated by Charles Arrowby, a reclusive theatre director who has retired to a remote location by the sea in order to write his memoirs. … Continue reading

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Rites of Passage — William Golding

Like most people of my age, I suspect, I first encountered William Golding during secondary school (the UK’s equivalent of the US’s middle and high schools) when I studied Lord of the Flies. I thought then that it was an … Continue reading

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The Ghost Road — Pat Barker

The Ghost Road is the third book in Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy, the other two being Regeneration and The Eye in the Door. Across the three novels, Barker looks at soldiers being treated for psychological conditions brought on by their … Continue reading

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