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.
Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children
Thomas Keneally – Schindler’s Ark
Penelope Lively – Moon Tiger
Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day
Michael Ondaatje – The English Patient
Pat Barker – The Ghost Road
Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin
Yann Martel – Life of Pi
Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending