Thursday, April 10, 2008

As I explain on my Rose City Reader blog, I am a "compulsive list reader" -- if it won a prize or made it to a "Must Read" list, I'll want to read it. Of the many lists of prize winners and recommended books I have going, I’ve been working for the past several years on reading the winners of the Booker.

So I was very happy to find this project. I’ll be posting about my progress here as well as on Rose City Reader.

According to Lists of Bests, I am 43% finished with this list. Here is the list with those I have still to read in blue:

1969: Percy Howard Newby, Something to Answer For
1970: Bernice Rubens, The Elected Member

1971: V.S. Naipaul, In a Free State
1972: John Berger, G
1973: James Gordon Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur
1974: Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist, and
Stanley Middleton, Holiday
1975: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust
1976: David Storey, Saville
1977: Paul Scott, Staying On
1978: Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea

1979: Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore
1980: William Golding, Rites of Passage
1981: Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
1982: Thomas Keneally, Schindler's List
1983: J. M. Coetzee, The Life and Times of Michael K
1984: Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac
1985: Keri Hulme, The Bone People
1986: Kingsley Amis, The Old Devils
1987: Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
1988: Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda
1989: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

1990: A.S. Byatt, Possession
1991: Ben Okri, The Famished Road
1992: Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient, and
Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger

1993: Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
1994: James Kelman, How Late it Was, How Late
1995: Pat Barker, The Ghost Road

1996: Graham Swift, Last Orders
1997: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
1998: Ian McEwan, Amsterdam
1999: J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
2000: Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
2001: Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang
2002: Yann Martel, Life of Pi
2003: DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little
2004: Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty
2005: John Banville, The Sea
2006: Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
2007: Anne Enright, The Gathering


  1. Hey RCR -- another Portlander here. Welcome to the challenge.


  2. one of my favorites is still on your to-read-list: Ishiguro's Remains of the Day is exceptional!

  3. I read it last week and absolutely loved it!!! I haven't caught up my thread yet - soon.