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Booker Shortlists

Italics = In the TBR
Bold Italics = Read

A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul 1979
A Disaffection – James Kelman 1989
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry 1996
A Five-Year Sentence – Bernice Rubens 1978
A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz 2008
A Long Long Way – Sebastian Barry 2005
A Month in the Country – J.L. Carr 1980
According to Mark – Penelope Lively 1984
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood 1996
Amongst Women – John McGahern 1990
Amsterdam – Ian McEwan 1998  Winner
An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro 1986

An Awfully Big Adventure – Beryl Bainbridge 1990
An Ice-Cream War – William Boyd 1982
An Instant in the Wind – Andre Brink 1976
An Insular Possession – Timothy Mo 1986
Animal’s People – Indra Sinha 2007
Anthills of the Savannah – Chinua Achebe 1987
Arthur & George – Julian Barnes 2005
Astonishing Splashes of Colour – Clare Morrall 2003
Atonement – Ian McEwan 2001
Beside the Ocean of Time – George Mackay Brown 1994
Bird of Night – Susan Hill 1972
Bitter Fruit – Achmat Dangor 2004
Black Dogs – Ian McEwan 1992
Breakfast on Pluto – Patrick McCabe 1998
Brick Lane – Monica Ali 2003
Briefing for a Descent into Hell – Doris Lessing 1971
Bruno’s Dream – Iris Murdoch 1970
Carry Me Down – M.J. Hyland 2006
Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood 1989
Chatterton – Peter Ackroyd 1987
Circles of Deceit – Nina Bawden 1987
Clear Light of Day – Anita Desai 1980
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell 2004
Confederates – Thomas Keneally 1979
Constance or Solitary Practices – Lawrence Durrell1982
Crossing the River – Caryl Phillips 1993
Darkmans – Nicola Barker 2007
Daughters of the House – Michele Roberts 1992
Dirt Music – Tim Winton 2002
Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee 1999  Winner
Earthly Powers – Anthony Burgess 1980
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard 1984
Ending Up – Kingsley Amis 1974
England England – Julian Barnes 1998
English Passengers – Matthew Kneale 2000
Europa – Tim Parks 1997
Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen 1970
Every Man for Himself – Beryl Bainbridge 1996
Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry 2002
Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai 1999
Figures in a Landscape – Barry England 1969
Fingersmith – Sarah Waters 2002
Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes 1984
Flying to Nowhere – John Fuller 1983
From Scenes Like These – G.M. Williams 1969
G – John Berger 1972  Winner
Gabriel’s Lament – Paul Bailey 1986
God on the Rocks – Jane Gardam1978
Good Behaviour – Molly Keane 1981
Goshawk Squadron – Derek Robinson 1971
Gossip from the Forest – Thomas Keneally 1975
Grace Notes – Bernard MacLaverty 1997
Great Granny Webster – Caroline Blackwood 1977
Headlong – Michael Frayn 1999
Heat and Dust – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala 1975  Winner
Holiday – Stanley Middleton 1974  Winner
Hotel du Lac – Anita Brookner 1984  Winner
Hotel World – Ali Smith 2001
How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman 1994  Winner
I’ll Go to Bed at Noon – Gerard Woodward 2004
Illywhacker – Peter Carey 1985
Impossible Object – Nicholas Mosley 1969
In a Free State – V.S. Naipaul 1971  Winner
In Custody – Anita Desai 1984
In Every Face I Meet – Justin Cartwright 1995
In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar 2006
In Their Wisdom – C.P. Snow 1974
Jake’s Thing – Kingsley Amis 1978
Jigsaw – an Unsentimental Education – Sybille Bedford 1989
John Brown’s Body – A.L. Barker 1970
Joseph – Julian Rathbone 1979
King Fisher Lives – Julian Rathbone 1976
Knowledge of Angels – Jill Paton Walsh 1994
Last Letters from Hav – Jan Morris 1985
Last Orders – Graham Swift 1996  Winner (Abandoned)
Lies of Silence – Brian Moore 1990
Life and Times of Michael K. – J.M. Coetzee 1983  Winner
Life of Pi – Yann Martel 2002  Winner
Loitering with Intent – Murial Spark 1981
Master Georgie – Beryl Bainbridge 1998
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie 1981  Winner
Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones 2007
Moon Tiger – Penelope Lively 1987  Winner
Morality Play – Barry Unsworth 1995
Mother’s Milk – Edward St Aubyn 2006

Mrs Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel – William Trevor 1970
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor 1971
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro 2005
Nice Work – David Lodge 1988
No Country for Young Men – Julia O’Faolain 1980
Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller 2003
Number9dream – David Mitchell 2001
Offshore – Penelope Fitzgerald 1979   Winner

On Beauty – Zadie Smith 2005
On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan 2007
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood 2003

Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey 1988  Winner
Our Fathers – Andrew O’Hagan 1999
Oxygen – Andrew Miller 2001
Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle 1993  Winner

Paradise – Abdulrazak Gumah 1994
Pascali’s Island – Barry Unsworth 1980
Pasmore – David Storey 1972
Peter Smart’s Confessions – Paul Bailey 1977
Possession – A.S. Byatt 1990  Winner
Praxis – Fay Weldon 1979
Quarantine – Jim Crace 1997
Quartet in Autumn – Barbara Pym 1977
Rates of Exchange – Malcolm Bradbury 1983
Reading in the Dark – Seamus Deane 1996
Reading Turgenev – William Trevor 1991
Reef – Romesh Gunesekera 1994
Remembering Babylon – David Malouf 1993
Restoration – Rose Tremain 1989
Rhine Journey – Ann Schlee 1981
Rising – R.C. Hutchison 1976
Rites of Passage – Wlliam Golding 1980  Winner
Rumours of Rain – Andre Brink 1978
Sacred Hunger – Barry Unsworth 1992   Winner
Saville – David Storey 1976  Winner
Scar Tissue – Michael Ignatieff 1993
Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally 1982  Winner
Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh 2008
Serenity House – Christopher Hope 1992
Shadows on Our Skin – Jennifer Johnston 1977
Shame – Salman Rushdie 1983
Silence Amongst the Weapons – John Arden 1982
Small World – David Lodge 1984
Solomon Gursky Was Here – Mordecai Richler 1990
Something to Answer For – P.H. Newby 1969  Winner
Sour Sweet – Timothy Mo 1982
St. Urbain’s Horseman – Mordecai Richler 1971
Staying On – Paul Scott 1977  Winner
Such a Long Journey – Rohinton Mistry 1991
The 27th Kingdom – Alice Thomas Ellis 1982
The Accidental – Ali Smith 2005
The Battle of Pollocks Crossing – J.L. Carr 1985
The Beggar Maid – Alice Munro 1980
The Beginning of Spring – Penelope Fitzgerald 1988
The Big Chapel – Thomas Kilroy 1971
The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch 1973
The Blackwater Lightship – Colm Tóibín 1999
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood 2000  Winner
The Bone People – Keri Hulme 1985  Winner

The Book and the Brotherhood – Iris Murdoch 1987
The Book of Evidence – John Banville 1989 (Abandoned)
The Bookshop – Penelope Fitzgerald 1978
The Bottle Factory Outing – Beryl Bainbridge 1974
The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe 1992
The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith – Thomas Keneally 1972
The Children of Dynmouth – William Trevor 1976
The Clothes on Their Backs – Linda Grant 2008
The Colour of Blood – Brian Moore 1987
The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan 1981
The Conjunction – T. W. Wheeler 1970
The Conservationist – Nadine Gordimer 1974  Winner
The Dark Room – Rachel Seiffert 2001
The Deposition of Father McGreevy – Brian O’Doherty 2000
The Doctor’s Wife – Brian Moore 1976
The Dressmaker – Beryl Bainbridge 1973
The Elected Member – Bernice Rubens 1970  Winner
The Electric Michelangelo – Sarah Hall 2004
The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje 1992  Winner
The Essence of the Thing – Madeleine St John 1997
The Famished Road – Ben Okri 1991  Winner
The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst 1994
The Gate of Angels – Penelope Fitzgerald 1990
The Gathering – Anne Enright 2007  Winner
The Ghost Road – Pat Barker 1995  Winner
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy 1997  Winner

The Good Apprentice – Iris Murdoch 1985
The Good Doctor – Damon Galgut 2003
The Good Terrorist – Doris Lessing 1985
The Green Equinox – Elizabeth Mavor 1973
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood 1986
The Hiding Place – Trezza Azzopardi 2000
The Illusionist – Anita Mason 1983
The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai 2006  Winner (Abandoned)
The Keepers of Truth – Michael Collins 2000
The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst 2004 winner
The Lost Father – Marina Warner 1988
The Map of Love – Adhaf Soueif 1999
The Master – Colm Tóibín 2004
The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie 1995
The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch 1969
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters 2006 (Abandoned)
The Northern Clemency – Philip Hensher 2008
The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis 1986  Winner
The Orchard on Fire – Shena Mckay 1996
The Public Image – Muriel Spark 1969
The Redundancy of Courage – Timothy Mo 1991
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Moshin Hamid 2007
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro 1989  Winner
The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills 1998
The Riders – Tim Winton 1995
The Road to Lichfield – Penelope Lively 1977
The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie 1988
The Sea – John Banville 2005  Winner
The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch 1978  Winner
The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry 2008
The Secret River – Kate Grenville 2006

The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell 1973  Winner
The Sirian Experiments – Doris Lessing 1981
The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields 1993
The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor 2002
The Underground Man – Mick Jackson 1997
The Van – Robby Doyle 1991
The White Hotel – D.M. Thomas 1981
The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga 2008 Winner
Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis 1991
True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey 2001  Winner
Under the Frog – Tibor Fischer 1993
Unless – Carol Shields 2002
Utz – Bruce Chatwin 1988
Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre 2003  Winner
Waterland – Graham Swift 1983
What’s Bred in the Bone – Robertson Davies 1986
When We Were Orphans – Kazuo Ishiguro 2000

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