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The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize 

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Updated October 17, 2017 1.9k votes 347 voters 4.7k views 51 items

List Rules Man Booker Prize for Fiction winners only. Upvote the best books that have won the prestigious literature award.

What's the Man Booker Prize? Only one of the most prestigious awards in all of literature. Booker Prize winners join the ranks of incredible works of fiction written by famous authors. The novels on this list of Booker Prize winners were recognized for being the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK. An eagerly anticipated award each year, any author whose book is selected can be sure to sell lots of copies and go on to further success.

Why does it seem like most of the novels on this Man Booker Prize list are by English authors? Because until 2013, only authors who had Commonwealth, Irish, and Zimbabwean citizenship were eligible. These days, the prize is up for grabs for any English-language novels, so long as they were published in the UK.

So which Booker Prize winners are the best? Well, in 1993, they selected a "Booker of Bookers Prize," which went to Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. Then, in 2008, they chose a Best of the Booker prize, which also went to Rushdie's 1981 novel. So it's probably a safe bet to say that Midnight's Children is the best winner, though cases could be made for other top novels like The Blind Assassin, Wolf Hall, and The English Patient.

It's also worth noting that it isn't just the big prize-winning authors who find success - being named to the Booker Prize longlist and the Man Booker Prize shortlist are major marks of distinction for any good fiction author as well. Some of the best novels ever, like Cloud Atlas, have been shortlisted and are worthy of a read if you're a fan of good fiction.

So take a look at these excellent novels, all of which took home the Man Booker Prize, and upvote the works of fiction below that you think are truly the best of the winners of this notable, respected, coveted, and renowned literature award.
list ordered by
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The Remains of the Day ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Kazuo Ishiguro
1989
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The Siege of Krishnapur ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. G. Farrell
1973
3
Troubles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. G. Farrell
1970 (Retrospective Award)
4
Disgrace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. M. Coetzee
1999
5
The Sense of an Ending ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Julian Barnes
2011
6
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Yann Martel
2002
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Midnight's Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Salman Rushdie
1981
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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Michael Ondaatje
1992
9
Schindler's Ark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Thomas Keneally
1982
10
The Blind Assassin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Margaret Atwood
2000
11
Rites of Passage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
William Golding
1980
12
In a Free State is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
V.S. Naipaul
1971
13
The Sea, the Sea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Iris Murdoch
1978
14
The Ghost Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Pat Barker
1995
15
Vernon God Little is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
D. B. C. Pierre
2003
16
Life & Times of Mich... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. M. Coetzee
1983
17
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Roddy Doyle
1993
18
Hotel du Lac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Anita Brookner
1984
19
Oscar and Lucinda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Peter Carey
1988
20
The White Tiger: A Novel... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Aravind Adiga
2008
21
The Luminaries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Eleanor Catton
2013
22
The Sea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
John Banville
2005
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Last Orders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Brian Aldiss, Graham Swift
1996
24
Moon Tiger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Penelope Lively
1987
25
The Old Devils is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Kingsley Amis
1986