Man Booker winners: a reading list

Get ready for the big reveal of the latest Man Booker Prize winner with our reading list of winning books
 

The Sellout by Paul Beatty (2016)

Paul Beatty’s novel is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the holy grail of racial equality – the black Chinese restaurant. 

Read The Sellout in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print, and as a Talking Book (TB23462) on DAISY CD and USB stick.


The Vegetarian by Han Kang (2016 International Prize)

Originally written in Korean, Han’s book about a home-maker who decides to stop eating meet was the first recipient of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.

Read The Vegetarian in your preferred format 

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB23164, narrated by Deborah Smith and David Thorpe) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


A brief history of seven killings by Marlon James (2015)

This compelling novel of monumental scope and ambition takes the form of an imagined oral biography, traversing strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined — and questions asked.

Read A brief history of seven killings in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print, and as a Talking Book (TB22421) on DAISY CD and USB stick.


The narrow road to the deep north by Richard Flanagan (2014)

Richard Flanagan’s sixth novel is both a love story and a harrowing account of the construction, by prisoners of war, of the Thailand to Burma “death railway”.

Read The narrow road to the deep north in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB21509, narrated by Peter Land) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


The luminaries by Eleanor Catton (2013)

A set of intricately linked crimes and mysteries are discussed by a secret gathering of men in 19th century New Zealand in this masterful second novel by the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize to date.

Read The Luminaries in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB20798, narrated by Mark Meadows) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel (2012)

Hilary Mantel became the first Brit, and woman, to take home the coveted prize twice with this sequel to Wolf hall.

Read Bring up the bodies in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB19919, narrated by Christopher Oxford) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Ovedrive. 


The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes (2011)

Tony Webster, now retired, narrates both parts of this intricate novel. In the first, he recalls his school days as an intellectually precocious teen, and his relationship with his three equally intellectual childhood friends. In the second, a lawyer’s letter prompts Tony to look at his past in a different light.

Read The sense of an ending in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB19027, narrated by Richard Morant) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


The Finkler question by Howard Jacobson (2010)

Two old school friends and their former teacher reunite for an evening of dinner and reminiscence, before one of them is attacked on his journey home – changing his sense of who and what he is.

Read The Finkler question in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB17970, narrated by Steven Crossley) on DAISY CD or USB stick.


Wolf hall by Hilary Mantel (2009)

The first book in a planned trilogy, Wolf hall was hugely popular when it was published, and has since inspired a television series. It opens in the 1520s in England, with King Henry desperate for a male heir and looking to annul his marriage of twenty years, and the entry of Thomas Cromwell into the political fray.

Read Wolf Hall in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB16735, narrated by Christopher Oxford) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


The white tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008)

The son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a tea shop. This is the story of his journey from village life to the entrepreneurial success he dreams of.

Read The white tiger in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB16055, narrated by David Thorpe) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


The gathering by Anne Enright (2007)

As a family gathers for the funeral of their son and brother, the narrator – the sister who was closest to him in life – looks through her family’s troubled history to try to make sense of her brother’s death.

Read The gathering in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB15399, narrated by Alison McKenna) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


The inheritance of loss by Kiran Desai (2006)

A retired judge wants nothing more than peace, but finds this is hard to come by, even in his remote and crumbling house at the foot of the Himalayan mountains, when his orphaned granddaughter arrives. At the same time, we follow the story of his cook’s son, living illegally in the US.

Read The inheritance of loss in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB14792, narrated by Steve Hodson) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


The sea by John Banville (2005)

Written in the form of a journal, this novel reflects on the memories of our narrator, the retired art historian Max Morden.

Read The sea in your preferred format

Available in Braille and as a Talking Book (TB14351, narrated by Stephen Hogan) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


The line of beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (2004)

The young Nick Guest moves into an attic room in Notting Hill with a Tory politician and his family, and soon becomes swept up in their world of politics and money. Ann affair with a young bank clerk gives him a taste of romance, but it’s a later affair with a beautiful millionaire that truly changes his life.

Read The line of beauty in your preferred format

Available in Braille and as a Talking Book (TB13890, narrated by Daniel Philpott) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre (2003)

DBC Pierre’s debut novel follows the life of Vernon Little, a teenager living hin Texas, whose life falls apart when his best friend murders their schoolmates and then himself. Soon Vernon’s own innocence is brought into question, setting off a chain of events that see him flee to Mexico and nearly face the ultimate injustice.

Read Vernon God Little in your preferred format

Available in Braille and as a Talking Book (TB13694, narrated by Kevin Collins) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2002)

A young Indian boy survives a shipwreck with only a Bengal tiger for company in this fantasy adventure novel, which raises questions about truth, stories and believability.

Read Life of Pi in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB13950, narrated by Garrick Hagon) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


True history of the Kelly gang by (2001)

A fictionalised account of the infamous Ned Kelly gang, written as an autobiography by Ned himself.

Read True history of the Kelly gang in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB12665, narrated by John Eastmann) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive. 


The blind assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000)

Iris Chase, now in her eighties and deprived of the fortune of her once-prosperous family, reflects on her life and the mysterious death of her sister may years before.

Read The blind assassin in your preferred format

Available in Braille, Giant print and as a Talking Book (TB12317, narrated by Liza Ross) on DAISY CD, USB stick or digital download via RNIB Overdrive.