The Man Booker Prize, awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland, is one of the top contemporary fiction honours. Past winners include Allan Hollinghurst, Yann Martel and Margaret Atwood. The winner this year? First-time nominee Kiran Desai, whose own mother Anita Desai was a three-time nominee herself.

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The Inheritance of Loss

Kiran Desai

At the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, lives an embittered old judge who wants to retire in peace. But with the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and his cook's son trying to stay a step ahead of US immigration services, this is far from easy.

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The Secret River

Kate Grenville

Following a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to New South Wales. With his wife and children, he arrives in a harsh land to a life that feels like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper - that freedom can be bought.

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Carry Me Down

M.J. Hyland

With an obsession for the "Guinness Book of Records" and faith in his ability to detect when adults are lying, twelve-year-old John remains hopeful despite the unfortunate cards life deals him. During one year in John's life we witness the gradual unsticking of his mind and the trouble that creates for him and his family.

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In the Country of Men

Hisham Matar

On a white-hot day in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His father is away on business - except that he is sure he has just seen his father, standing across the street in a pair of dark glasses. But, why isn't he waving?

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Mother's Milk

Edward St. Aubyn

The novel's perspective ricochets among all members of the Melrose family - starting with Robert, who provides a droll and compelling account of being born; to Patrick, a hilariously churlish husband who has been sexually abandoned by his wife in favour of his sons; to Mary, who is determined not to repeat the mistakes of her own mother.

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The Night Watch

Sarah Waters

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked out streets, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941 - this is the story of four Londoners: three women and a young man with a past, drawn with absolute truth and intimacy.

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