The Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize Winners

Anne Enright
The Gathering

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. After studying creative writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter at the University of East Anglia, she worked for six years as a TV producer and director in Ireland. She is married to the actor Martin Murphy. She has published one collection of stories, The Portable Virgin, which won the Rooney Prize, and three previous novels, The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like? and The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch. What Are You Like? was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and won the Encore Award. Her first work of non-fiction, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, was published in 2004.

Nicola Barker

Mohsin Hamid
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Lloyd Jones
Mister Pip

Ian McEwan
On Chesil Beach

Indra Sinha
Animal’s People

Kiran Desai
The Inheritance of Loss

Kiran Desai was born in 1971 in India, and was educated in India, England and the United States. She studied creative writing at Columbia University and is the daughter of the author, Anita Desai, who herself has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times. Kiran Desai’s first book was Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998) which went on to win a Betty Trask Award and her most recent book The Inheritance of Loss won The Man Booker Prize in 2006.

Kate Grenville
The Secret River

M J Hyland
Carry Me Down

Hisham Matar
In The Country of Men

Edward St Aubyn
Mother’s Milk

Sarah Waters
The Night Watch

John Banville
The Sea

John Banville was born in Wexford in 1945. His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970. His other books include Nightspawn, Birchwood, Doctor Copernicus (which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1976), Kepler (which won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1981), The Newton Letter (filmed for Channel 4), Mefisto, The Book of Evidence (shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize and winner of the 1998 Guinness Peat Aviation Award), Ghosts, Athena, The Untouchable, Eclipse and Shroud. He has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Dublin. John Banville won The Man Booker Prize in 2005 with his novel The Sea.

Julian Barnes
Arthur and George

Sebastian Barry
A Long, Long Way

Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go

Ali Smith
The Accidental

Zadie Smith
On Beauty

Alan Hollinghurst
The Line of Beauty

Alan Hollinghurst was born in 1954 in Gloucestershire. He studied and then taught English at Oxford. His previous novels are The Swimming-Pool Library (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), The Folding Star (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994 and winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and The Spell. For several years he was the Deputy Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and was one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 1993. Alan Hollinghurst lives in London. The Line of Beauty, which won The Man Booker Prize in 2004, was adapted into a three part television series by the BBC and aired on BBC2 in May 2006.

Achmat Dangor
Bitter Fruit

Sarah Hall
The Electric Michelangelo

David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas

Colm Toibin
The Master

Gerard Woodward
I’ll go to Bed at Noon

DBC Pierre
Vernon God Little

DBC Pierre was born in 1961 in Australia, brought up in Mexico, and has lived on both sides of the border. He has worked as a designer and is internationally published as a cartoonist. Since winning The Man Booker Prize in 2003 for Vernon God Little, he has also written Ludmila’s Broken English (2006).

Monica Ali
Brick Lane

Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake

Damon Galgut
The Good Doctor

Zöe Heller
Notes on a Scandal

Clare Morrall
Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Yann Martel
The Life of Pi

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. He is also the author of, Self (1996), and a short story collection. After studying philosophy at University, he worked at various odd jobs before making a living as a writer from the age of twenty-seven The child of diplomats, he spent his childhood in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Alaska and Canada and as an adult has lived in Iran, Turkey and India. He lives in Montreal. His novel, The Life of Pi, won The Man Booker Prize in 2002.

Rohinton Mistry
Family Matters

Carol Shields

William Trevor
The Story of Lucy Gault

Sarah Waters

Tim Winton
Dirt Music

Peter Carey
True History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey was born in Australia in May 1943 and is the author of six novels. He won the Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda (which has since been made into a film starring Ralph Fiennes) and was shortlisted in 1985 with Illywhacker. His other novels include The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith and Jack Maggs (winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize). He has also written a collection of short stories, The Fat Man in History, and a book for children, The Big Bazoohley. He lives in New York. Peter Carey won The Man Booker Prize for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang.

Ian McEwan

Andrew Miller

David Mitchell

Rachel Seiffert
The Dark Room

Ali Smith
Hotel World

Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood was born in November 1939 in Ottawa and is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her work is acclaimed internationally and has been translated into thirty-three languages. She is the recipient of many literary awards and honours from various countries. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, with writer Graeme Gibson. Margaret Atwood won the Booker Prize for the first time in 2000 with The Blind Assassin but has been shortlisted for it three times in; 1986 with The Handmaid’s Tale, 1996 with Alias Grace and most recently in 2003 with her eleventh novel Oryx and Crake.

Trezza Azzopardi
The Hiding Place

Michael Collins
The Keepers of Truth

Kazuo Ishiguro
When We Were Orphans

Matthew Kneale
English Passengers

Brian O’Doherty
The Deposition of Father McGreevy

J M Coetzee

J M Coetzee was born in South Africa in 1940. He won the 1983 Booker Prize with Life & Times of Michael K and then again with Disgrace in 1999. His novels include Waiting for the Barbarians (awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1980) and The Master of Petersburg (awarded the Irish Times International Fiction Prize in 1995). In 2003 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. J M Coetzee lives in Australia.

Anita Desai
Fasting, Feasting

Michael Frayn

Andrew O’Hagan
Our Fathers

Ahdaf Soueif
The Map of Love

Colm Toibin
The Blackwater Lightship

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan was born in Aldershot in 1948. His novels include The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers (shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 1981), A Child in Time, The Innocent, Black Dogs (shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 1992), The Daydreamer, Enduring Love (which has since been made into a film starring Daniel Craig and Rhys Ifans), Amsterdam (winner of the Booker Prize in 1998) and Atonement (shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2001). He has also written collections of short stories including First Love, Last Rites and several film scripts. Ian McEwan lives in Oxford.

Beryl Bainbridge
Master Georgie

Julian Barnes
England England

Martin Booth
The Industry of Souls

Patrick McCabe
Breakfast on Pluto

Magnus Mills
The Restraint of Beasts

Arundhati Roy
The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy was born in 1961 in Kerala. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel The God of Small Things. Roy is a well known peace activist and she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in May, 2004, for her work in social campaigns and advocacy of non-violence. She lives in Delhi.

Jim Crace

Mick Jackson
The Underground Man

Bernard MacLaverty
Grace Notes

Tim Parks

Madeleine St John
The Essence of the Thing

Graham Swift
Last Orders

Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace

Beryl Bainbridge
Every Man for Himself

Seamus Deane
Reading in the Dark

Shena Mackay
The Orchard on Fire

Rohinton Mistry
A Fine Balance

Pat Barker
The Ghost Road

Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire in May 1943. Her first book, Union Street (1982) won the Fawcett Society Book Prize, while her second, Blow Your House Down (1984), was adapted for the stage by Sarah Daniels in 1994. Her trilogy of novels about the First World War, which began with Regeneration in 1991, was partly inspired by her grandfather’s experiences fighting in the trenches in France. Regeneration was made into a film in 1997 starring Jonathan Pryce and James Wilby. The Eye in the Door (1993), the second novel in the trilogy, won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road (1995), the final novel in the series, won the Booker Prize for Fiction. Pat Barker was awarded a CBE in 2000. Pat Barker lives in Durham.

Justin Cartwright
In Every Face I Met

Salman Rushdie
The Moor’s Last Sigh

Barry Unsworth
Morality Play

Tim Winton
The Riders

James Kelman
How Late It Was, How Late

James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. His early fiction includes the short-story collections An Old Pub Near the Angel (1973) and Not Not While the Giro (1983), and the novel The Busconductor Hines (1984). His novel A Disaffection (1989) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction in 1989. How late it was, how late (1994) won the Booker Prize for Fiction. He is the author of a television screenplay, The Return (1991), and has written plays for radio and theatre. He is currently attached to Goldsmiths College, London, and the University of Glasgow. James Kelman lives in Glasgow.

George Mackay Brown
Beside the Ocean of Time

Romesh Gunesekera

Abdulrazak Gurnah

Alan Hollinghurst
The Folding Star

Jill Paton Walsh
Knowledge of Angels

Roddy Doyle
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Roddy Doyle was born in May 1958 in Dublin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University College, Dublin. He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming a full-time writer in 1993. His novels include The Commitments (1987) which was made into a film in 1991, The Van (1991) which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1991 and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993) which won the Booker Prize in 1993. Roddy Doyle lives in Dublin.

Tibor Fischer
Under the Frog

Michael Ignatieff
Scar Tissue

David Malouf
Remembering Babylon

Caryl Phillips
Crossing the River

Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries

WINNER 1992 (shared)
Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka in 1943. He moved to England in 1954, and in 1962 moved to Canada where he has lived ever since. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and began teaching at York University in Toronto in 1971. He published a volume of memoir, entitled Running in the Family, in 1983. His collections of poetry include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems (1981), which won the Canadian Governor General’s Award in 1971. His fourth novel The English Patient (1992) was joint winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction and was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1996. Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto with his wife, Linda Spalding, with whom he edits the literary journal Brick.

Barry Unsworth
Sacred Hunger

Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in Durham. He travelled extensively in Greece and Turkey during the 1960s, teaching at the Universities of Istanbul and Athens. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His first novel, The Partnership, was published in 1966. It was followed by The Greeks Have a Word For It (1967), The Hide (1970), and Mooncranker’s Gift (1973), winner of the Heinemann Award. Pascali’s Island (1980) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was later adapted as a film starring Ben Kingsley. His tenth novel, Sacred Hunger (1992), was joint winner of the Booker Prize in 1992. Barry Unsworth lives in Umbria, Italy. He was awarded an honorary Litt.D. by Manchester University in 1998.

Christopher Hope
Serenity House

Patrick McCabe
The Butcher Boy

Ian McEwan
Black Dogs

Michèle Roberts

Daughters of the House

Ben Okri
The Famished Road

Ben Okri was born in 1959 in northern Nigeria. He grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative Literature at Essex University in England. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1987, and was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Westminster (1997) and Essex (2002). In 1991 Okri was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction for his third novel The Famished Road (1991). In addition to numerous novels, he is the author of a collection of poems, An African Elegy (1992) and an epic poem, Mental Flight (1999). Ben Okri is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN and was awarded an OBE in 2001. He lives in London.

Martin Amis
Time’s Arrow

Roddy Doyle
The Van

Rohinton Mistry
Such a Long Journey

Timothy Mo
The Redundancy of Courage

William Trevor
Reading Turgenev (from Two Lives)

A S Byatt

A. S. Byatt was born in Yorkshire in 1936. She attended a Quaker school in York, and went on to study at Cambridge. In 1972 she became a full-time lecturer. She taught at the Central School of Art & Design, and was Senior Lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She is the author of The Biographer’s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, Elementals and her most recent book Little Black Book of Stories. In 1990 her novel Possession won the Booker Prize and the Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize. A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

Beryl Bainbridge
An Awfully Big Adventure

Penelope Fitzgerald
The Gate of Angels

John McGahern
Amongst Women

Brian Moore
Lies of Silence

Mordecai Richler
Solomon Gursky Was Here

Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan in November 1954 but moved to Britain in 1960. He won the Booker Prize in 1989 with The Remains of the Day, and was shortlisted in 1986 for An Artist of the Floating World, in 2000 for When We Were Orphans and in 2005 for Never Let Me Go. He received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995, and the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998. He lives in London.

Margaret Atwood
Cat’s Eye

John Banville
The Book of Evidence

Sybille Bedford

James Kelman
A Disaffection

Rose Tremain

Peter Carey
Oscar and Lucinda

Peter Carey was born in Australia in May 1943 and is the author of six novels. He won the Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda (which has since been made into a film starring Ralph Fiennes) and was shortlisted in 1985 with Illywhacker. His other novels include The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith and Jack Maggs (winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize). He has also written a collection of short stories, The Fat Man in History, and a book for children, The Big Bazoohley. He lives in New York. Peter Carey won The Man Booker Prize for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang.

Bruce Chatwin

Penelope Fitzgerald
The Beginning of Spring »

David Lodge
Nice Work

Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verse

Marina Warner
The Lost Father

Penelope Lively
Moon Tiger

Penelope Lively was born in March 1933 in Cairo, Egypt and spent her childhood there. She came to England at the age of twelve, in 1945, and went to boarding school in Sussex. She subsequently read Modern History at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. Penelope Lively lives in London.

Chinua Achebe
Anthills of the Savannah

Peter Ackroyd

Nina Bawden
Circles of Deceit

Brian Moore
The Colour of Blood

Iris Murdoch
The Book and the Brotherhood

Kingsley Amis
The Old Devils

Sir Kingsley Amis, who died in October 1995, was born in London in 1922. In 1954 his first novel, Lucky Jim, burst onto the literary scene with extraordinary force, gaining him instant fame and notoriety as one of the most prominent of the so-called ‘angry young men’. He went on to write over twenty novels (winning the Booker Prize in 1986 for The Old Devils), and many volumes of poetry and non-fiction. He was knighted in 1991 and died in 1995 at the age of 73. His last novel, The Biographer’s Moustache, was published in September 1995.

Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale

Paul Bailey
Gabriel’s Lament

Robertson Davies
What’s Bred in the Bone

Kazuo Ishiguro
An Artist of the Floating World

Timothy Mo
An Insular Possession

Keri Hulme
The Bone People

Keri Hulme was born in March 1947 in Christchurch, New Zealand. She was a writer in residence at Otago University in New Zealand in 1978, and in 1985 at the University of Canterbury. Her first novel The Bone People won the Booker Prize in 1985. Hulme’s other works include The Windeater / Te Kaihu (1982), a collection of short stories, and Homeplaces (1989), her homage to three coasts of the South Island. She lives in New Zealand.

Peter Carey

J L Carr

The Battle of Pollocks Crossing

Doris Lessing
The Good Terrorist

Jan Morris
Last Letters from Hav

Iris Murdoch
The Good Apprentice

Anita Brookner
Hotel du Lac

Dr Anita Brookner, was born in London on 16 July 1928. Her first novel, A Start in Life, was published in 1981. Hotel du Lac, her fourth novel, won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1984 and was adapted for television in 1986. She has written over twenty novels, most recently Leaving Home (2005). A Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge, she was made a CBE in 1990. Anita Brookner lives in London.

J G Ballard
Empire of the Sun

Julian Barnes

Flaubert’s Parrot

Anita Desai
In Custody

Penelope Lively
According to Mark

David Lodge
Small World

J M Coetzee
Life & Times of Michael K

J M Coetzee was born in South Africa in 1940. He won the 1983 Booker Prize with Life & Times of Michael K and then again with Disgrace in 1999. His novels include Waiting for the Barbarians (awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1980) and The Master of Petersburg (awarded the Irish Times International Fiction Prize in 1995). In 2003 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. J M Coetzee lives in Australia.

Malcolm Bradbury
Rates of Exchange

John Fuller
Flying to Nowhere

Anita Mason

The Illusionist

Salman Rushdie

Graham Swift

Thomas Keneally
Schindler’s Ark

Thomas Keneally was born in Sydney in 1935. He completed his schooling at various schools on the New South Wales north coast before commencing theological studies for the Catholic priesthood. He abandoned this vocation in 1960 and turned to clerical work and teaching before publishing his first novel in 1964. Keneally has been short-listed for the Booker Prize on four occasions: in 1972 for The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest in 1975, and Confederates in 1979, before winning the prize in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark. Thomas Keneally was awarded the Order of Australia in 1983 for his services to Australian Literature. He lives in Sydney.

John Arden
Silence among the Weapons

William Boyd
An Ice-Cream War

Lawrence Durrell
Constance or Solitary Practices

Alice Thomas Ellis
The 27th Kingdom

Timothy Mo
Sour Sweet

Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay in June 1947. His second novel, the acclaimed Midnight’s Children, was published in 1981. It won the Booker Prize for Fiction, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction), an Arts Council Writers’ Award and the English-Speaking Union Award, and in 1993 was judged to have been the ‘Booker of Bookers’, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize for Fiction in the award’s 25-year history. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), lead to the Iranian leadership issuing a fatwa against him. Despite the fatwa the novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Novel Award in 1988. Salman Rushdie continued to write and publish books, including a children’s book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990). Salman Rushdie became a KBE in 2007.

Molly Keane
Good Behaviour

Doris Lessing

The Sirian Experiments

Ian McEwan
The Comfort of Strangers

Ann Schlee
Rhine Journey

Muriel Spark
Loitering with Intent

D M Thomas
The White Hotel

William Golding
Rites of Passage

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911. During World War II, Golding served in the Royal Navy in command of a rocket ship. In 1939 he moved to Salisbury, where he began teaching English and philosophy. Lord of the Flies, his first novel, was published in 1954. It was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. In 1980 he won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage. He retired from teaching in 1962. After that, he lived in Wiltshire, listing his recreations as music, sailing, archaeology and classical Greek. William Golding died in 1993.

Anthony Burgess
Earthly Powers

J L Carr
A Month in the Country

Anita Desai
Clear Light of Day

Alice Munro
The Beggar Maid

Julia O’Faolain
No Country for Young Men

Barry Unsworth
Pascali’s Island

Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald was born in December 1916. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford and she worked for the BBC during World War II. She started writing at the age of 60 and was the author of nine novels, three of which - The Bookshop in 1978, The Beginning of Spring in 1988 and The Gate of Angels in1990 - were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She won the prize in 1979 for Offshore. Penelope Fitzgerald died in April 2000 aged 83.

Thomas Keneally

V S Naipaul
A Bend in the River

Julian Rathbone

Fay Weldon

Iris Murdoch
The Sea, The Sea

Iris Murdoch was born in 1919 in Dublin and studied at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1948 she became a fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize on numerous occasions with – The Nice and the Good (1969), Bruno’s Dream (1970), The Black Prince (1973), The Good Apprentice (1985) and The Book of the Brotherhood (1987) – and won in 1978 for The Sea, the Sea. She was awarded the C.B.E. in 1976 and in 1987 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2001 her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the editorial board of the American Modern Library. After a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Iris Murdoch died in 1999.

Kingsley Amis
Jake’s Thing

André Brink
Rumours of Rain

Penelope Fitzgerald
The Bookshop

Jane Gardam
God on the Rocks

Bernice Rubens
A Five-Year Sentence

Paul Scott
Staying On

Paul Scott was born in suburban North London in March 1920. At the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted as a private which saw him sent to India as a supply officer in 1943. He served in India and Malaya (1943-1946) and while there he wrote poetry and drama. After a period of time as a bookkeeper he became a literary agent and published a string of novels concerned with British military figures on duty in foreign lands. He began writing full time in 1960 and completed The Raj Quartet in 1974. In 1977 Staying On won the Booker Prize for Fiction. He spent his final years travelling between his Hampstead home and the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was a visiting fellow. He died in 1978.

Paul Bailey
Peter Smart’s Confessions

Caroline Blackwood
Great Granny Webster

Jennifer Johnston
Shadows on Our Skin

Penelope Lively
The Road to Lichfield

Barbara Pym
Quartet in Autumn

David Storey

David Storey was born in July 1933 in Wakefield, Yorkshire. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He is a Fellow of University College, London. His plays include The Restoration of Arnold Middleton (1967), The Contractor (1969), Home (1970) and The Changing Room (1972), all of which won the New York Critics Best Play of the Year Award. His first novel, This Sporting Life, was published in 1960. It won the Macmillan Fiction Award and was adapted as a film starring Richard Harris. His novels include Flight into Camden (1960), Radcliffe (1963), and Pasmore (1972) which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1972. His seventh novel, Saville (1976), won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1976. David Storey lives in London.

André Brink
An Instant in the Wind

R C Hutchinson

Brian Moore
The Doctor's Wife

Julian Rathbone
King Fisher Lives

William Trevor

The Children of Dynmouth

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Heat and Dust

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in May 1927 in Germany. In 1975, Jhabvala won Britain’s Booker Prize for her novel Heat and Dust, and in 1984 she won a BAFTA award for Best Screenplay for the Merchant Ivory filmed adaptation of Heat and Dust. In 1986, she received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for A Room With a View and in 1990 she won the Best Screenplay Award from the New York Film Critics Circle for Mr.& Mrs. Bridge. Jhabvala received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Howards End and was nominated for an Oscar for her adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. She won the Neil Gunn International Fellowship in 1978, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1984 and was made a CBE in the 1998 New Year’s Honours List.

Thomas Keneally
Gossip from the Forest

WINNER 1974 (shared)
Nadine Gordimer
The Conservationist

Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, in South Africa in 1923. She was educated at a convent school and spent a year at Witwaterstrand University. Since then, her life has been devoted to her writing. Her first novel, The Lying Days (1953), was based largely on her own life and set in her home town. In 1974, her novel The Conservationist, was joint winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction. Nadine Gordimer has been awarded fifteen honorary degrees from universities in USA, Belgium, South Africa, and from York, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. She was made a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and was judge of the Man Booker International Prize in 2007. She was also a founder of the Congress of South African Writers. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 2007, the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

Stanley Middleton

Stanley Middleton was born in August 1919 in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire. He taught English at a school in Nottingham for many years after graduating from University College Nottingham. His first novel, A Short Answer was published in 1958.In 1974, his novel Holiday won the Booker prize. He lives near Nottingham.

Kingsley Amis
Ending Up

Beryl Bainbridge
The Bottle Factory Outing

C P Snow

In Their Wisdom

J G Farrell
The Siege of Krishnapur

J G Farrell was born in Liverpool in January 1935. In 1956 he went to study at Brasenose College, Oxford; it was while there he contracted polio. He drew heavily on his experience for his second novel, The Lung (1965). His novel, Troubles (1970), the first in the Empire trilogy, won the Faber Memorial Prize in 1971. A film version of Troubles was made for British television in 1988. The second in the Empire trilogy, The Siege of Krishnapur (1973) won the Booker Prize. J G Farrell died in 1979.

Beryl Bainbridge
The Dressmaker

Elizabeth Mavor
The Green Equinox

Iris Murdoch
The Black Prince

John Berger

John Berger was born in November 1926 in London. He served in the British Army from 1944 to 1946; he then enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art in London. In 1952 Berger began writing for the New Statesman, and quickly became an influential Marxist art critic. He has published a number of art books including the famous Ways of Seeing, which was turned into a television series by the BBC. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize and was also awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in the same year. John Berger moved to France a number of years ago and still lives there.

Susan Hill
Bird of Night

Thomas Keneally
The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith

David Storey

V S Naipaul
In a Free State

V S Naipaul was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad, on 17 August 1932. His novels include The Mimic Men (1967), winner of the 1968 WH Smith Literary Award, In a Free State (1971), which won the Booker Prize for Fiction. V. S. Naipaul was knighted in 1989. He was awarded the David Cohen British Literature Prize by the Arts Council of England in 1993 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. He holds honorary doctorates from Cambridge University and Columbia University in New York, and honorary degrees from the universities of Cambridge, London and Oxford. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

Thomas Kilroy
The Big Chapel

Doris Lessing
Briefing for a Descent into Hell

Mordecai Richler

St Urbain’s Horseman

Derek Robinson
Goshawk Squadron

Elizabeth Taylor

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

Bernice Rubens
The Elected Member

Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year Sentence. Her last novel, The Sergeants’ Tale, was published in 2003. She was an honorary vice-president of International PEN and served as a Booker judge in 1986. Bernice Rubens died in 2004 aged 76.

A L Barker
John Browns Body

Elizabeth Bowen
Eva Trout

Iris Murdoch
Bruno’s Dream

William Trevor
Mrs Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel

T W Wheeler
The Conjunction

P H Newby
Something to Answer For

P H Newby was born in 1918 in Crowborough, Sussex. In October 1939 he was sent to France, to fight in the war as a private, in a Medical Corps Unit. He was released from duty in December 1942, and taught English Literature at Fouad 1st University, Cairo. When his first novel, A Journey into the Interior (1946) was published, he returned to England to write. He was the first winner of the Booker Prize, his novel Something to Answer For (1969). He was given a CBE for his work as Managing Director of BBC Radio. P H Newby died in 1997.

Barry England
Figures in a Landscape

Nicholas Mosley
The Impossible Object

Iris Murdoch
The Nice and the Good

Muriel Spark
The Public Image

G M Williams
From Scenes like These