The Man Booker Prize Winners - 1968 to Present

A List of Recipients of the Prestigious Man Booker Prize

2015 Man Booker Prize For Fiction - Winners Reception
Marlon James was the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Dave Benett/Getty Images / Getty Images

The Man Booker Prize winners get bragging rights to one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English-speaking world.

Like the winners of Pulitzer Prizes for Letters and the National Book Award—also experience a bump in book publicity and generally in sales. And, like the Nobel Prize for Literature recipient, the Booker Prize winner (and the winners of its sister awards, the Man Booker International Prize and Special Prizes) also gets a substantial cash payout.

The Complete List of the Man Booker Winners

Here's the list of Man Booker Prize winners since the 1968 creation of the award, below:

2016 
The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
United States

2015
A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James
Jamaica

2014
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan
Australia

2013
The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton
Canada / New Zealand

2012
Bring Up The Bodies
by Hilary Mantel
United Kingdom

2011
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
United Kingdom

2010
The Finkler Question
by Howard Jacobson
United Kingdom

2009
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
United Kingdom

2008
The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
India

2007
The Gathering
by Anne Enright
Ireland

2006
The Inheritance of Loss
by Kiran Desai
India

2005
The Sea
by John Banville
Ireland

2004
The Line of Beauty
by Allan Hollnghurst
United Kingdom

2003
Vernon God Little
by DBC Pierre
Australia

2002
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Canada

2001
True History of the Kelly Gang
by Peter Carey
Australia

2000
The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood
Canada

1999
Disgrace
by J.

M. Coetzee
South Africa

1998
Amsterdam
by Ian McEwan
United Kingdom

1997
The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy
India

1996
Last Orders
by Graham Swift
United Kingdom

1995
The Ghost Road
by Pat Barker
United Kingdom

1994
How Late It Was, How Late
by James Kelman
United Kingdom

1993
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
by Roddy Doyle
Ireland

1992
Sacred Hunger
by Barry Unsworth
United Kingdom

and*

The English Patient
by Michael Ondaatje
Canada / Sri Lanka

*Current rules stipulate that the prize may not be divided.



1991
The Famished Road
by Ben Okri
Nigeria

1990
Possession
by A. S. Byatt
United Kingdom

1989
The Remains of the Day
by Kazuo Ishiguro
United Kingdom / Japan

1988
Oscar and Lucinda
by Peter Carey
Australia

1987
Moon Tiger
by Penelope Lively
United Kingdom

1986
The Old Devils
by Kingsley Amis
United Kingdom

1985
The Bone People
by Keri Hulme
New Zealand

1984
Hotel du Lac
by Anita Brookner
United Kingdom

1983
Life & Times of Michael K
by J. M. Coetzee
South Africa

1982
Schindler's Ark
by Thomas Keneally
Australia

1981
Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
United Kingdom / India

1980
Rites of Passage
by William Golding
United Kingdom

1979
Offshore
by Penelope Fitzgerald
United Kingdom

1978
The Sea, The Sea
by Iris Murdoch
Ireland / United Kingdom

1977
Staying On
by Paul Scott
United Kingdom

1976
Saville
by David Storey
United Kingdom

1975
Heat and Dust
by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
United Kingdom / Germany

1974
The Conservationist
by Nadine Gordimer
South Africa

and​

Holiday
by Stanlely Middleton
United Kingdom

1973
The Siege of Krishnapur
by J.G. Farrell
United Kingdom / Ireland

1972
G.
by John Berger
United Kingdom

1971
In a Free State (short story)**
by V. S. Naipaul
United Kingdom / Trinidad and Tobago

**Current Man Booker Prize rules stipulate that, in order to be considered for the award, the submitted book "must be a unified and substantial work," effectively making short stories ineligible.



1970***
Troubles
by J. G. Farrell
United Kingdom / Ireland

***Awarded in 2010. Due to an administrative decision that shifted the Booker Prize eligible publication dates, books published in the year 1970 were excluded from prize consideration for either the 1970 or the 1971 award. In an attempt to rectify the exclusion, in 2010 twenty-two novels published in 1970 were considered for what was deemed "The Lost Booker Prize." J. G. Farrell's Troubles was determined to be the winner, and the prize was awarded posthumously.

1970
The Elected Member
by Bernice Rubens
United Kingdom

1969
Something to Answer For
by P. H. Newby
United Kingdom

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