The Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, annually recognizes the year’s best work of fiction. The selection committee changes year to year and is usually helmed by accomplished writers and critics. This year’s prize committee will be chaired by A.C. Grayling, a noted British philosopher. The judges include Jonathan Bate, Sarah Churchwell, Dr. Alastair Niven, Dr. Daniel Glaser, and Erica Wagner. The shortlist has already been announced and includes such literary luminaries as diverse as Joshua Ferris, Neel Mukherjee, and Karen Joy Fowler. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 14th. Here is the Booker Prize website.
As we anxiously wait for the winner to be announced, Off the Shelf has decided to collect and share our favorite Man Booker nominees and winners over the course of its more than forty year existence. Enjoy!
One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owners—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.
A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society.
This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people–a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight’ s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.