Lizzy's Literary Life

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The Booker Project

Objective: To read the Booker winners and shortlistees that appeal to me.

2007
Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones ***1/2
On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan ***

2006
The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai (TBR)
The Secret River – Kate Greville (TBR)
Carry Me Down – M J Hyland ***
Mother’s Milk – Edward St Aubyn *****
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters (abandoned)

2005
Arthur and George – Julian Barnes ***
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro ****
The Accidental – Ali Smith *
On Beauty – Zadie Smith (TBR)
2004
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell ****
2003
Brick Lane – Monica Ali ***
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood ****
The Good Doctor – Damon Galgut ****

2002
Life of Pi – Yann Martel *****
Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry (TBR)
Unless – Carol Shields **
Fingersmith – Sarah Waters *****
Dirt Music – Tim Winton (TBR)

2001
Atonement – Ian McEwan *****
Number9dream – David Mitchell (TBR)
The Dark Room – Rachel Seiffert **

2000
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood ****
The Keepers of Truth – Michael Collins ***1/2
When We Were Orphans – Kazuo Ishiguro ***
English Passengers – Matthew Kneale *****

1999
Disgrace – J M Coetzee *
Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai (TBR)
Headlong – Michael Frayn ****1/2
The Blackwater Lightship – Colm Toibin (VTBR)

1998
Amsterdam – Ian McEwan ***
Master George – Beryl Bainbridge **

1997
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy ***

1996
Last Orders – Graham Swift (abandoned)
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood (TBR)
Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance (TBR)

1995
The Ghost Road – Pat Barker *****
The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rusdie **
Morality Play – Barry Unsworth ****

1993
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle **1/2
The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields (TBR)

1992
Sacred Hunger – Barry Unsworth *****
The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje **
Black Dogs – Ian McEwan (VTBR)
Daughters of the House – Michele Roberts (VTBR)

1990
Possession – A S Byatt ****
Lies of Silence – Brian Moore (VTBR)

1989
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (TBR)
Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood (TBR)
The Book of Evidence – John Banville (abandoned)
Restoration – Rose Tremain (TBR)

1987
Moon Tiger – Penelope Lively ***
The Colour of Blood – Brian Moore (TBR)

1986
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood *****
An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro (TBR)

1985
The Bone People – Keri Hulme ****

1984
Hotel Du Lac – Anita Brookner ***1/2

1982
An Ice-Cream War – William Boyd ****

1981
Good Behaviour – Molly Keane ****
The Sirian Experiments – Doris Lessing (To be reread)
The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan (VTBR)

1980
Earthly Powers – Anthony Burgess (VTBR)
Pascali’s Island – Barry Unsworth (TBR)
A Month In the Country – J L Carr (TBR)

1979
Offshore – Penelope Fitzgerald (VTBR)
A Bend In The River – V S Naipaul (TBR)

1978
The Bookshop – Penelope Fitzgerald (VTBR)

1977
Staying On – Paul Scott (TBR)
Quartet In Autumn – Barbara Pym (TBR)

1976
The Doctor’s Wife – Brian Moore (VTBR)

1973
The Siege of Krishnapur – J G Farrell (TBR)

1971
In A Free State – V S Naipaul (TBR)
Briefing for a Descent into Hell – Doris Lessing (To be reread)
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor (VTBR)

1970
Elizabeth Bowen – Eva Trout (VTBR)

1969
The Public Image – Muriel Spark (VTBR)

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4 thoughts on “The Booker Project

  1. Hm, I think you’re the only other person I’ve run into who’s read Mr Pip. I still have to write up my blogpost about it, but basically, it really grabbed me in the beginning and then I gradually lost more and more interest.

  2. Hi Dew. Yes – same experience here. Lloyd Jones built up to the climactic events on the island so well, that anything following it was simply ….. well, anti-climactic. Implausible also, I felt. I will probably revise my rating to *** because Mr Pip not’s living in the memory as it should and it’s not a novel I would recommend as a must read.

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