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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.

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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
The Remains of the Day 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
The Siege of Krishnapur J. G. Farrell - 1973

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Disgrace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Disgrace J. M. Coetzee - 1999

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Troubles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Troubles J. G. Farrell - 1970 (Retrospective Award)

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje - 1992

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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Life of Pi Yann Martel - 2002

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The Blind Assassin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood - 2000

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Midnight's Children is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie - 1981

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Schindler's Ark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Schindler's Ark Thomas Keneally - 1982

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The Sense of an Ending is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes - 2011

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Life & Times of Michael K is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Life & Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee - 1983

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The God of Small Things is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy - 1997

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True History of the Kelly Gang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey - 2001

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The Narrow Road to the Deep No... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan - 2014

The Greatest Man Booker Prize Nominees of 2007

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Oscar and Lucinda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey - 1988

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The Sea, the Sea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Sea, the Sea Iris Murdoch - 1978

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In a Free State is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
In a Free State V.S. Naipaul - 1971

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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Roddy Doyle - 1993

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The Famished Road is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Famished Road Ben Okri - 1991

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The Ghost Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Ghost Road Pat Barker - 1995

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The Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Sea John Banville - 2005

The Best Novels Ever Written

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Offshore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Offshore Penelope Fitzgerald - 1979

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The Elected Member is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Elected Member Bernice Rubens - 1970

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Moon Tiger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Moon Tiger Penelope Lively - 1987

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Rites of Passage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Rites of Passage William Golding - 1980

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The Line of Beauty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst - 2004

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The White Tiger: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The White Tiger: A Novel Aravind Adiga - 2008

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The Conservationist is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Conservationist Nadine Gordimer - 1974

The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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Sacred Hunger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Sacred Hunger Barry Unsworth - 1992

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Saville is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Saville David Storey - 1976

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The Luminaries is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton - 2013

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Hotel du Lac is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Hotel du Lac Anita Brookner - 1984

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Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Amsterdam Ian McEwan - 1998

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Last Orders is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Last Orders Brian Aldiss, Graham Swift - 1996

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Vernon God Little is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Vernon God Little D. B. C. Pierre - 2003

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Heat and Dust is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Heat and Dust Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - 1975

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The Inheritance of Loss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Inheritance of Loss Kiran Desai - 2006

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Something to Answer For is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Something to Answer For P. H. Newby - 1969

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Staying On is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Staying On Paul Scott - 1977

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Holiday is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Holiday Stanley Middleton - 1974

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The Old Devils is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Old Devils Kingsley Amis - 1986

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Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel - 2009

The Best Songs About High School

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Possession is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Possession Lynne Ewing - 1990

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The Bone People is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Bone People Keri Hulme - 1985

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How Late It Was, How Late is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
How Late It Was, How Late James Kelman - 1994

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A Brief History of Seven Killi... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James - 2015

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G. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
G. John Berger - 1972

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Bring Up the Bodies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel - 2012

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The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
The Gathering Isobelle Carmody - 2007

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Lincoln in the Bardo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders - 2017