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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.


Salman RushdieMidnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children Man Booker Prize winner 1981


Thomas KeneallySchindler’s Ark

Thomas Keneally Schindler's Ark Man Booker Prize winner 1983


Penelope LivelyMoon Tiger

Penelope Lively Moon Tiger Man Booker Prize winner 1987


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


Pat BarkerThe Ghost Road

Pat Barker The Ghost Road Man Booker Prize winner 1995


Margaret AtwoodThe Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin Man Booker Prize winner 2000


Yann MartelLife of Pi

Yann Martel Life of Pi Man Booker Prize winner 2002


Hilary MantelWolf Hall

Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall Man Booker Prize winner 2009


Julian BarnesThe Sense of an Ending

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

Blow away those winter blues with brilliant books

The Christmas festivities are but a distant memory now and those long winter nights are still dragging, but there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful right here at the Book People – because we’ve got a huge range of engrossing titles for you to choose from in our Fiction Everyone’s Talking About selection.

Among the fascinating fiction is Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl – subsequently adapted into a critically-acclaimed Hollywood blockbuster directed by David Fincher, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck – which is available for the bargain price of just £3.99 from the Book People. This gripping psychological thriller sees all manner of secrets crawl out of the woodwork following the sudden disappearance of Amy Dunne on the fifth anniversary of her wedding to husband Nick.

Also available for just £4.99 – a saving of £8 on the recommended retail price – is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, the winner of Costa’s First Novel Award for 2014. This remarkably accomplished debut novel focuses on narrator Maud, whose failing memory frustrates not only Maud herself but those around her. Maud knows that something has happened to her friend Elizabeth and suspects her sister Sukey may have been involved, and the book follows her as she attempts to piece the clues together and make sense of this apparent mystery.

There is, of course, plenty more besides on offer in our Fiction Everyone’s Talking About range. The debut novel from Irish writer Mary Costello, Academy Street – also nominated for the Costa First Novel Award – is available for £4.99, as is Howard Jacobson’s J. We’ve also got the Hilary Mantel Collection for just £16.99, which compiles six of the author’s works – including the Booker Prize winners Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

A. M. Homes wins the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013

A. M. Homes was announced as 2013’s Women’s Prize for Fiction winner at an awards ceremony in central London yesterday. Facing tough competition from the likes of Barbara Kingsolver and Hilary Mantel, amongst other prominent female writers, it was decided that Homes would take home the title for her bestseller, May We Be Forgiven.

Darkly comic, the novel focuses on two very different brothers, Harry and George, in the throws of 21st century domestic life in America. Harry is a Richard Nixon scholar who enjoys the quiet life, while George is a high-flying TV producer with a temper to bite. George one day loses control so extravagantly that Harry is forced to take on a whole new life with his tempestuous brother.

Expertly combining sensitive themes like adultery, divorce, accidents and death, Homes’ has built a world that is believable, readable, and utterly moving. The modern family is torn apart and reformed while the members are lost and found time and time again. Simultaneously terrifying and inspiring, May We Be Forgiven is an incredible novel about the power of personal transformation, and a worthy winner of this prestigious award.

Right now you can buy the fantastic A. M. Homes 3-book set, including May We Be Forgiven together with This Book Will Save Your Life and Music For Torching, from the Book People for the incredible price of just £4.99.A. M. Homes collection
Women's Prize for Fiction 2013
A. M. Homes is the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013

Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist is announced

Today at London Book Fair the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced. The Book People is delighted to see such a diverse selection of authors covering various subject matter in the impressive top six, including two authors we are proud to have supported over the past 12 months.

Authors Hilary Mantel and Barbara Kingsolver sit strongly in the highly competitive line-up that also features past winner Zadie Smith. The finalists’ literature covers vast and equally gripping topics, from multiculturalism to global warming.

With the prize winner being announced on June 5, judge Rachel Johnson has already admitted that she is sure there will be “a lot of debate about the winner” and revealed how much of a struggle it will be to choose just one victor: “How we are going to choose? I don’t know. We’ll have to get there, somehow!”

Here are the shortlisted books with a brief synopsis and comments from the Women’s Prize for Fiction judging panel. Buy your copies from the Book People today and make your own decision as to who you think should take home this year’s prestigious prize.

Judge Rachel Johnson on Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – A deeply touching novel about a misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s place in the world that is “brilliantly original, laugh-out-loud funny and you’ll tear through longing to know what happens.”

Judge Miranda Richardson on Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver – Two “very satisfying reads”. One that tells the “clever” tale of Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again, and another exposing a brilliantly “original” portrayal of catastrophe and denial.

Judge Razia Iqbal on May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes – A “viscerally funny, dark and original” novel about two uneasy and rivaling brothers that captures contemporary American society in a way that you simply “want to read.”

Judge Natasha Walter on NW by Zadie Smith – A story of the city like no other. Join Londoners Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan as they fight to make adult lives from their childhood upbringings on Caldwell council estate. An “exciting journey and exploration” that feels wonderfully real and “unexpected.”

Judge Jojo Moyes on Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – One of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history, the destruction of Anne Boleyn, is explored “heartbreakingly and extraordinarily” by Man Booker Prize winner Mantel. A title that “would have been a crime to leave off the shortlist.”
Zadie Smith NWBarbara Kingsolver Flight Behaviour

Bring Up the Bodies named the 2012 Costa Book of the Year

Hilary Mantel has added yet another prestigious award to her trophy cabinet, with Bring Up the Bodies being named the 2012 Costa Book of the Year. The sequel to Wolf Hall, the book had already won the Man Booker Prize and topped many end-of-year lists. It focuses on the life of Thomas Cromwell and explores the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

Judges claimed it was “quite simply the best book” and now Mantel will receive £30,000. The varied shortlist also included Sally Gardner’s touching children’s novel Maggot Moon, Francesca Segal’s debut The Innocents, Bryan and Mary Talbot’s graphic novel Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes and a poetry collection from Kathleen Jamie called The Overhaul. Each runner-up will also receive £5,000.

You can get Bring Up the Bodies in the Book People’s 6-book Man Booker Collection, which is available for just £24.99. With all six books that made it onto the shortlist, the collection also includes Will Self’s Umbrella and Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home.

To find out more about the Costa Book Awards, visit www.costabookawards.com

Bring Up the Bodies

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