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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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34 10
The Siege of Krishnapur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. G. Farrell
1973

2
31 8
Troubles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. G. Farrell
1970 (Retrospective Award)

3
48 22
The Remains of the Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Kazuo Ishiguro
1989

4
30 10
The Sense of an Ending is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Julian Barnes
2011

5
35 19
Disgrace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. M. Coetzee
1999

6
22 9
Schindler's Ark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Thomas Keneally
1982

7
36 23
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Michael Ondaatje
1992

8
39 26
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Yann Martel
2002

9
32 22
Midnight's Children is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Salman Rushdie
1981

10
28 19
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
15 7
Life & Times of Michael K is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. M. Coetzee
1983

12
16 8
Oscar and Lucinda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Peter Carey
1988

13
17 9
In a Free State is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
V.S. Naipaul
1971

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14 8
The Sea, the Sea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Iris Murdoch
1978

15
16 10
Rites of Passage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
William Golding
1980

16
19 14
True History of the Kelly Gang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize

17
18 13
The God of Small Things is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Arundhati Roy
1997

18
14 10
The White Tiger: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Aravind Adiga
2008

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11 7
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Roddy Doyle
1993

20
10 6
The Ghost Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Pat Barker
1995

21
14 11
Hotel du Lac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Anita Brookner
1984

22
9 6
The Famished Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Ben Okri
1991

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12 10
The Sea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
John Banville
2005

24
11 9
The Conservationist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Nadine Gordimer
1974

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8 6
Moon Tiger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Penelope Lively
1987