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The Booker archives: award winners

When it began in 1969, the aim of the Booker Prize was to increase readership of quality fiction by celebrating and promoting the best books of the year. Orginally called the Man Booker Prize, the prize has become one of the most prestigious in the book world. Its legion of winning books are some of the industry's bestselling novels and are well on their way to becoming classics. The archives are peppered with familiar names like Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Michael Ondaatje and Kingsley Amis. Big hitters Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel and J.M. Coetzee have multiple Bookers to their names.

The annual £50,000 prize is granted to the best novel originally written in English and published in the UK in the year of the prize, regardless of the nationality of the author. Until 2013, only writers from Commonwealth countries were eligible to win the British prize. The winner is selected by a rotating panel of judges who pare a long list of about a dozen down to six, then one. It's not an easy task - three times, in 2019, 1992, and 1974, the judges declared a draw and selected two winners.

Author Graham Swift, winner of the 1996 Booker for Last Orders, said, "Prizes don't make writers and writers don't write to win prizes, but in the near-glut of literary awards now on offer, the Booker remains special. It's the one which, if we're completely honest, we most covet."

Explore the winning books since the prize's inaugural year in 1969. Autographed award-winners are aplenty on AbeBooks - all the way from P.H. Newby to George Saunders.

Booker Prize-winning books

By Damon Galgut
2021
By Douglas Stuart
2020
By Bernadine Evaristo
2019 (tie)
By Margaret Atwood
2019 (tie)
By Anna Burns
2018
By George Saunders
2017
By Paul Beatty
2016
By Richard Flanagan
2014
By Eleanor Catton
2013
By Hilary Mantel
2012
By Julian Barnes
2011
By Howard Jacobson
2010
By Hilary Mantel
2009
By Aravind Adiga
2008
By Anne Enright
2007
By Kiran Desai
2006
By John Banville
2005
By Alan Hollinghurst
2004
By DBC Pierre
2003
By Yann Patel
2002
By Margaret Atwood
2000
By J.M. Coetzee
1999
By Ian McEwan
1998
By Arundhati Roy
1997
By Graham Swift
1996
By Pat Barker
1995
By James Kelman
1994
By Roddy Doyle
1993
By Michael Ondaatje
1992 (tie)
By Barry Unsworth
1992 (tie)
By Ben Okri
1991
By A.S. Byatt
1990
By Kazuo Ishiguro
1989
By Peter Carey
1988
By Penelope Lively
1987
By Kingsley Amis
1986
By Keri Hulme
1985
By Anita Brookner
1984
By J.M. Coetzee
1983
By Thomas Keneally
1982
By Salman Rushdie
1981
By William Golding
1980
By Penelope Fitzgerald
1979
By Iris Murdoch
1978
By Paul Scott
1977
By David Storey
1976
By Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1975
By Nadine Gordimer
1974 (tie)
By Stanley Middleton
1974 (tie)
By J.G. Farrell
1973
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By John Berger
1972
By V.S. Naipaul
1971
By Bernice Rubens
1970
By P.H. Newby
1969

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