Top 10 Booker Prize winners

Launched in 1969, The Man Booker Prize has long been regarded as one of the most important awards in the literary calendar. With its aim to promote the finest fiction written in English, the winner not only receives £52,500 and a designer-bound copy of their book, but also a sharp increase in sales.

With excitement building around the unveiling of 2015’s Man Booker Shortlist on Tuesday 15 September, here at Book People we thought it would be a good time to look back over 10 of our favourite previous Man Booker Prize winners.

1981

Salman RushdieMidnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children Man Booker Prize winner 1981

1982

Thomas KeneallySchindler’s Ark

Thomas Keneally Schindler's Ark Man Booker Prize winner 1983

1987

Penelope LivelyMoon Tiger

Penelope Lively Moon Tiger Man Booker Prize winner 1987

1989

Kazuo IshiguroThe Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day Man Booker Prize winner 1989

1992 (shared)

Michael OndaatjeThe English Patient

Michael Ondaatje The English Patient Man Booker Prize winner 1992

1995

Pat BarkerThe Ghost Road

Pat Barker The Ghost Road Man Booker Prize winner 1995

2000

Margaret AtwoodThe Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin Man Booker Prize winner 2000

2002

Yann MartelLife of Pi

Yann Martel Life of Pi Man Booker Prize winner 2002

2009

Hilary MantelWolf Hall

Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall Man Booker Prize winner 2009

2011

Julian BarnesThe Sense of an Ending

Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending Man Booker Prize winner 2011


Books to read before you see the film: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

We adore the cinema here at the Book People. The big screen, the smell of popcorn, the shushing of talkers… We have a lot of love for film, especially when the movies are adaptations of bestselling books. Like every other year, 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and 50 Shades of Grey all proving enormous hits.

Although not all films capture the spirits of the book entirely, we’re always willing to watch adaptations to see the direction in which the film heads. With plenty of adaptations to come before the end of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the films coming up. And the books you should read up on before going to see them!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Jesse Andrews

Following the success of the adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Hollywood executives have noted that there is a huge enthusiasm for intelligent and witty heartbreaking stories about teenage life and its tender mortality. The adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has already won plaudits galore at the likes of the Sundance Film Festival and many fans of the book are eagerly awaiting seeing the story of Greg Gaines on the big screen.

Feeling like an invisible nobody, Greg is happy to slip into the background and make low-budget movies with his best and only friend Earl. But when his mother insists that he rekindles his childhood friendship with leukemia sufferer Rachel, he has no choice but to do as any good boy should and listen to her. When Rachel stops her treatment, Greg and Earl decide to make a film especially for her – and it turns out to be the Worst Film Ever Made. But it’s also a film that becomes a huge moment in all three of the friends’ lives…


Buy your back-to-school books at Book People prices!

Although it seems like the summer holidays have only just begun, pupils all over the country will soon be getting set for another year’s worth of learning. Whether they’re starting school for the first time, moving up to the next stage in their education or getting set for their final exams, we have the books, study guides and reference workbooks to help them on their way.

Including guides from established and respected publishers including Oxford, Collins and Letts, these books will help any child get to grips with the key concepts they will encounter in all their lessons over the next year or so. From history to languages, and English to maths, these books will become very useful in the classroom and as homework aids.

As well as our hand-picked selection of books, we’re also thrilled to offer a special 3 for 2 offer on selected titles. Head over to the main site to find the books that are available and to get all the children you know set for their new term.


Books to read before you see the film: Frankenstein

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Sherlock director Paul McGuigan’s take on one of the most famous horror novels of all time and now we can finally watch the trailer for Victor Frankenstein.

Based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein, the gothic film has an all-star cast including James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement, Wanted), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter (of course!), The Woman in Black, What If), Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downton Abbey). McAvoy plays the scientist with grand ideas, while Radcliffe plays his assistant, Igor – who does not appear in the source material.

The trailer promises an action-packed romp with a healthy amount of creepy creatures and plenty of frights along the way. It also looks like McAvoy really relished saying those immortal words: ‘It’s alive!’

The book the film took inspiration from was not so much about a monster on the loose (besides, Victor’s creation is a creature who is just trying to work out where he fits in the world) but rather an examination of the progress of science and the problems with playing God.

Enjoyed by millions of readers and one of the key titles to be studied every year, the novel’s effect on literacy and popular culture cannot be underestimated. We’re excited to see how this latest big-screen incarnation turns out. It’s not out until December, so why not read up on the book once again before it arrives in cinemas?

Finally, doesn’t Daniel Radcliffe’s hair look fantastic in that trailer?


Beyond the books – buy gifts and stationery from the Book People

For over 25 years, we’ve been providing our customers with a hand-picked selection of books at unbelievable prices. Now we’re delighted to add a variety of gifts and stationery that tie in with the books we know you’ll love – and these all have Book People prices, too!

From games that will delight every child, like marbles, tumbling blocks and juggling balls to rucksacks starring favourite characters including the Minions, Thomas the Tank Engine and My Little Pony, the choice is astounding. There’s even an R2-D2-shaped backpack, perfect for any Star Wars fan as the hype surrounding The Force Awakens begins to reach fever pitch.

We also have a selection of Science Museum-approved activities to help any budding scientist discover about the world around them. With these, your children will be able to create their own botanic garden, make their own planetarium and even learn all about chemistry.

The carrycases adorned with book characters are also quite lovely. Designed in a Russian Doll format so you have three for the price of one, the tins are ideal for keeping all your trinkets and keepsakes safe and will look great on anyone’s dressing room table. Among the designs are the Little Miss characters, Guess How Much I Love You and Peter Rabbit.

As well as all this, there is some seriously smart stationery to help you keep organised.

We’re delighted to offer you this hand-picked selection of gifts and stationery and hope you’ll add some of these items to your order alongside our brilliant books.


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