Man Booker Prize The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize  

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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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30 9
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

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42 19
The Remains of the Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Kazuo Ishiguro - 1989

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27 7
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)

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34 17
Disgrace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
J. M. Coetzee - 1999

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20 9
Schindler's Ark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Thomas Keneally - 1982

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20 9
The Sense of an Ending is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Julian Barnes - 2011

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33 21
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Michael Ondaatje - 1992

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36 25
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Yann Martel - 2002

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17 8
In a Free State is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
V.S. Naipaul - 1971

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

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15 8
Oscar and Lucinda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Peter Carey - 1988

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26 19
The Blind Assassin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Margaret Atwood - 2000

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29 22
Midnight's Children is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Salman Rushdie - 1981

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18 12
True History of the Kelly Gang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Peter Carey - 2001

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14 9
The God of Small Things is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Arundhati Roy - 1997

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14 9
Rites of Passage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
William Golding - 1980

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12 7
The Sea, the Sea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Iris Murdoch - 1978

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11 8
The Conservationist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Nadine Gordimer - 1974

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10 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

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9 6
The Famished Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Ben Okri - 1991

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12 10
Hotel du Lac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Anita Brookner - 1984

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11 9
The White Tiger: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Aravind Adiga - 2008

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8 6
Saville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
David Storey - 1976

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8 6
The Ghost Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Pat Barker - 1995

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8 6
Offshore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Penelope Fitzgerald - 1979

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7 5
The Elected Member is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Bernice Rubens - 1970

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7 5
Moon Tiger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Penelope Lively - 1987

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21 20
The Luminaries is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Eleanor Catton - 2013

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12 11
Vernon God Little is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
D. B. C. Pierre - 2003

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11 10
The Sea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
John Banville - 2005

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7 6
Sacred Hunger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Barry Unsworth - 1992

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7 6
Something to Answer For is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
P. H. Newby - 1969

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11 11
Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Ian McEwan - 1998

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10 10
The Line of Beauty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Alan Hollinghurst - 2004

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10 10
The Old Devils is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Kingsley Amis - 1986

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8 8
Last Orders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Brian Aldiss, Graham Swift - 1996

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7 7
Holiday is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Stanley Middleton - 1974

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7 8
Staying On is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Paul Scott - 1977

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7 8
Heat and Dust is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - 1975

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7 8
The Inheritance of Loss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Kiran Desai - 2006

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6 8
G. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
John Berger - 1972

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6 9
How Late It Was, How Late is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
James Kelman - 1994

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5 8
Possession is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Lynne Ewing - 1990

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22 28
Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Hilary Mantel - 2009

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12 17
A Brief History of Seven Killi... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Marlon James - 2015

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6 10
Lincoln in the Bardo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
George Saunders -

2017

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5 9
The Bone People is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Keri Hulme - 1985

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4 9
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Isobelle Carmody - 2007

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16 24
The Narrow Road to the Deep No... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Richard Flanagan - 2014

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18 27
Bring Up the Bodies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize
Hilary Mantel - 2012