Man Booker Prize Winners

Looking for something substantial?  A panel of judges choose the best fiction from writers in the UK, Ireland, and Commonwealth countries.  These are some cerebral, beefy books that will make you think.

Click the titles to see a full review on GoodReads!
bringupbodies2012:  Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel 
Mantel won the Man Booker twice in four years for her amazing, detail-packed series on Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.  If you love to disappear into a historical novel, this is the author for you! (Book cover credit:  GoodReads)

2011:  The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
This novel generated a huge amount of discussion among the Catlin community members who read it.  Check out the video review below:

2010: The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson
Julian Treslove, a former BBC radio producer, is attacked and mugged after a night spent reminiscing with two old friends–an old school friend and their teacher– and finds his understanding of life and who he is drastically changed.

2009:  Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
Henry VIII, anxious about the consequences of dying without a male heir, is denied permission to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn, but the power struggle between the Church and the Crown is mediated by astute politician Thomas Cromwell, who manages to get the king what he wants while keeping his eye on the prize of a free England.

whitetiger2008:  The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga
Balram Halwai is educated in the art of corruption when he is hired as the driver for the wealthiest man in his village in India, by witnessing his employers bribe and barter through his rear view mirror. (Book cover credit:  GoodReads)

2007:  The Gathering, by Anne Enright
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, who drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him-something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter of 1968.

2006:  The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai
In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace from a world he has found too messy for justice, when his orphaned grand-daughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are claimed by his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS on an elusive search for a green card. When an Indian-Napali insurgency in the mountains interrupts Sai’s exploration of the many incarnations and facets of a romance with her Nepali tutor and causes their lives to descend into chaos, Sai and her tutor are forced to consider their colliding interests. The cook witnesses the hierarchy being overturned and discarded. The judge must revisit his past and his own journey and role in their intertwining histories.

2005:  The Sea, by John Banville
Irishman Max Morden, grieving the death of his wife, Anna, returns to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child, and finds himself engulfed in thoughts and memories of a momentous summer spent with the vacationing Grace family, his life with Anna, and his relationship with his grown daughter.

lineofbeauty2004:  The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst
Twenty-year-old Nick Guest gets wrapped up in the sex, politics, and money of upper-class English society when he moves into the attic room of the well-to-do Gerald Fedden.  (Book cover credit:  GoodReads)

I hope that you enjoy these complex, demanding novels.

–Sue

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