2019 Man Booker Prize Reading Challenge

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize and the committee hosted #ManBooker50 which was a challenge to read all previous winners. I tried and failed to read all the books in the calendar year so this year, I thought I would try again, but this time, I am reading all the previous winners in the order of publication. By the end of 2018, I anticipate there will be 54 novels to read, including the 2019 winner.

I am also trying to build a collection of all the prize-winning books. Right now, I own a few but several of the ones I read last year, I sourced from the library. There are others that aren’t even in the extensive NYPL collection because they have been out of print for a while. However, most of the books were reprinted last year for the anniversary celebration so it seems like a good time to get my own copies.

If you’d like to buy me a gift, I set up a wish-list on Amazon which you can access by clicking here

Below is the list of winners and my timeline for reading them. I will keep this post updated as I acquire and read them. A green highlight means I own the book, a red highlight means I have read it in 2019.

1 1/7/19 1969 Something To Answer For /P. H. Newly
2 1/14/19 1970 The Elected Member /Bernice Rubens
3 1/21/19 1970 Troubles /J. G. Farrell – Lost Man Booker Prize awarded in 2010
4 1/28/19 1971 In A Free State /V.S. Naipaul
5 2/4/19 1972 G. /John Berger
6 2/11/19 1973 The Siege of Krishnapur /J. G. Farrell
7 2/18/19 1974 The Conservationist /Nadine Gordimer
8 2/25/19 1974 Holiday /Stanley Middleton
9 3/4/19 1975 Heat And Dust /Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
10 3/11/19 1976 Saville /David Storey
11 3/18/19 1977 Staying On /Paul Scott
12 3/25/19 1978 The Sea, The Sea /Iris Murdoch
13 4/1/19 1979 Offshore /Penelope Fitzgerald
14 4/8/19 1980 Rites of Passage /William Golding
15 4/15/19 1981 Midnight’s Children /Salman Rushdie
16 4/22/19 1982 Schindler’s Ark /Thomas Keneally
17 4/29/19 1983 Life and Times of Michael K /J. M. Coetzee
18 5/6/19 1984 Hotel du Lac /Anita Brookner
19 5/13/19 1985 The Bone People /Keri Hulme
20 5/20/19 1986 The Old Devils /Kingsley Amis
21 5/27/19 1987 Moon Tiger /Penelope Lively
22 5/30/19 1988 Oscar and Lucinda /Peter Carey
23 6/7/19 1989 The Remains of the Day /Kazuo Ishiguro
24 6/14/19 1990 Possession: A Romance /A. S. Byatt
25 6/20/19 1991 The Famished Road /Ben Okri
26 6/27/19 1992 The English Patient /Michael Ondaatje
27 7/3/19 1992 Sacred Hunger /Barry Unsworth
28 7/10/19 1993 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha /Roddy Doyle
29 7/17/19 1994 How Late It was, How Late /James Kelman
30 7/24/19 1995 Ghost Road /Pat Barker
31 7/30/19 1996 Last Orders /Graham Swift
32 8/7/19 1997 The God of Small Things /Arundhati Roy
33 8/11/19 1998 Amsterdam /Ian McEwan
34 8/18/19 1999 Disgrace /J. M. Coetzee
35 8/25/19 2000 The Blind Assassin /Margaret Atwood
36 9/1/19 2001 True History of the Kelly Gang /Peter Carey
37 9/8/19 2002 Life of Pi /Yann Martel
38 9/15/19 2003 Vernon God Little /DBC Pierre
39 9/22/19 2004 The Line of Beauty /Alan Hollinghurst
40 9/29/19 2005 The Sea /John Banville
41 10/6/19 2006 The Inheritance of Loss /Kiran Desai
42 10/13/19 2007 The Gathering /Anne Enright
43 10/20/19 2008 The White Tiger /Aravind Adiga
44 10/27/19 2009 Wolf Hall /Hilary Mantel
45 11/3/19 2010 The Finkler Question /Howard Jacobson
46 11/10/19 2011 The Sense of An Ending /Julian Barnes
47 11/17/19 2012 Bring Up The Bodies /Hilary Mantel
48 11/24/19 2013 The Luminaries /Eleanor Catton
49 12/1/19 2014 The Narrow Road To A Deep North /Richard Flanagan
50 12/8/19 2015 A Brief History of Seven Killings /Marlon James
51 12/15/19 2016 The Sellout / Paul Beatty
52 12/22/19 2017 Lincoln In The Bardo /George Saunders
53 12/29/19 2018 Milkman /Anna Burns
54 12/31/19 2019 TBA

What about you? Please tell me what reading challenges you’re working on this year. 

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