Tag: booker prize

The Gathering

Added on June 25, 2016

The Gathering Anne Enright Jonathan Cape, U.K. 2007 This melancholy Irish novel came from the outside to win the 2007 Booker Prize. Sales apparently doubled after the shortlist was announced. As indicated by the lowest number 6 on the number line in the copyright page photo below, this is a sixth printing. The top of [...]

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Alias Grace

Added on November 19, 2015

Alias Grace Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1996 Margaret Atwood is one of the names Canadians bring up whenever there is talk of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her ninth novel, Alias Grace, is a compelling and well-researched work of historical fiction. It tells the story of Canadian Grace Marks, who was convicted of murder [...]

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Life & Times of Michael K

Added on August 17, 2015

Life & Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee Viking, U.S.A. 1984 This Booker Prize winning novel by J.M. Coetzee follows Michael K, a simple black gardener¬†with a cleft palette, through civil war-torn urban South Africa to his mother’s rural farm. It takes place at the height of apartheid in the late 1970′s and early [...]

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The Master

Added on June 1, 2015

The Master Colm Toibin Picador, U.K. 2004 Colm Toibin, one of Ireland’s greatest writers, one of the greatest gay writers anywhere, won many awards for this brilliant novel about five prolific years in the life of writer Henry James, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Lambda Literary Award, The Los Angeles Times Book [...]

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True History of the Kelly Gang

Added on January 15, 2015

True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 2000 True History of the Kelly Gang, despite its title, is a fictionalized account of the life of infamous Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly. It won the Booker Prize, making Carey one of only two writers to win the prize twice. It also [...]

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The Sea

Added on September 15, 2014

The Sea John Banville Picador, London, 2005 The Sea is my favourite of John Banville’s many novels. After getting the shortlist down to just two novels, Banville’s The Sea won the 2005 Booker Prize against Kazuo Ishiguru’s Never Let Me Go. The only other time Banville made it to the Booker Prize shortlist was for [...]

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The Blind Assassin

Added on July 13, 2014

The Blind Assasin Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2000 The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Award. It was Time magazine’s best book of 2000 and they added it to their list of the 100 Greatest English language novels [...]

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Amsterdam

Added on April 16, 2014

Amsterdam Ian McEwan Alfred A. Knopf, Canada, 1998 Amsterdam was published simultaneously in Canada and England, making this stated Canadian first printing a true first edition. But while unsigned Canadian firsts top out at about $55, U.K. examples go for as high as $125. For a fine signed copy of either edition, however, you would [...]

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The Line of Beauty

Added on April 5, 2014

The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst Bloomsbury, U.S.A. 2004 The Line of Beauty won the 2004 Booker Prize. The novel takes place during the Thatcher administration of the 1980′s and explores themes like homosexuality, hypocrisy, and the developing AIDS crisis. The BBC made The Line of Beauty into a three-part miniseries in 2006. The Booker [...]

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The Sea, The Sea

Added on March 17, 2013

The Sea, The Sea Iris Murdoch Chatto and Windus, U.K. 1978 This novel, to my mind, is Iris Murdoch’s masterpiece. The cover art is called The Great Wave off Kanagawa, a famous woodblock print done in 1831 by Japanese artist Hokusai. The Sea, The Sea, which won the 1978 Booker Prize, is the story of [...]

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