Friday, February 12, 2010

The Complete Booker Challenge 2010

"The Complete Booker Challenge is not so much a reading challenge as a long-term project in which the participants aim to read all 40+ books that have won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. There is no time limit."

Booker Challenge for 2010: Hosted by Laura at Musings.

Winners Circle: read at least 6 winners
: read at least 6 shortlisted nominees
: read at least 6 longlisted nominees
Booker Devotee: choose a year, and read all 6 shortlisted works from that year
Booker Fanatic: choose a year, and read all 13 long and shortlisted works from that year.
Completed in 2011:

1981 - Shortlist -The Comfort of Strangers***+ by Ian McEwan
1980 - Shortlist - A Month in the Country***** by J. L. Carr     
1979 - Shortlist - A Bend in the River****+ by V. S. Naipaul

The 2011 longlist (The Booker Dozen) was announced in July here.

Julian Barnes  The Sense of an Ending
Sebastian Barry  On Canaan's Side
Carol Birch  Jamrach's Menagerie
Patrick deWitt  The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan  Half Blood Blues
Yvvette Edwards  A Cupboard Full of Coats
Alan Hollinghurst  The Stranger's Child
Stephen Kelman  Pigeon English
Patrick McGuinness  The Last Hundred Days
A.D. Miller  Snowdrops
Alison Pick  Far to Go
Jane Rogers  The Testament of Jessie Lamb
D.J. Taylor  Derby Day
The 2011 shortlist and winner to be announced on Tuesday 18 October 2011.

Completed in 2010:

2010-Winner-The Finkler Question**** by Howard Jacobson
2010-Longlist-February****+ by Lisa Moore
2010-Longlist-Trespass****+ by Rose Tremain
2010-Longlist-The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet****+ by David Mitchell
2010-Shortlist-Room****+ by Emma Donoghue
2010-Shortlist-C*** by Tom McCarthy 
2010-Longlist-In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut****
2006-Longlist-Black Swan Green**** by David Mitchell 
1974-Winner -Holiday**** by Stanley Middleton

1978-The Sea, The Sea**** by Iris Murdoch
1979-Offshore***** by Penelope Fitzgerald

1984-Hotel Du Lac**** by Anita Brookner

1985-The Bone People***** by Keri Hulme

1998-Amsterdam**** by Ian McEwan

1989-The Remains of the Day**** by Kazuo Ishiguro

1990-Possession***** by A.S. Byatt

1997-The God of Small Things***** by Arundhati Roy

2002-Life of Pi**** by Yann Martel

2005-The Sea**** by John Banville

2007-The Gathering***+ by Anne Enright

2008-The White Tiger***** by Aravind Adiga
2009-Shortlist-The Little Stranger***** by Sarah Waters
2009-Longlist-The Wilderness***+ by Samantha Harvey

2008-Shortlist-The Secret Scripture***** by Sebastian Barry

2008-Shortlist-The Clothes on Their Backs**** by Linda Grant
2008-Shortlist-The Northern Clemency***+ by Philip Hensher
2008-Longlist-The Lost Dog**** by Michelle de Kretser
2008-Longlist-From A to X**** by John Berger
2008-Longlist-A Case of Exploding Mangoes***** by Mohammed Hanif
2008-Longlist-Netherland***+ by Joseph O'Neill
2007-Shortlist-On Chesil Beach**** by Ian McEwan

2007-Longlist-Self Help***** by Edward Docx
2007-Longlist-The Welsh Girl**** by Peter Ho Davies
2007-Longlist-What Was Lost***** by Catherine O'Flynn
2006-Shortlist-The Secret River***** by Kaye Grenville

2006-Shortlist-Carry Me Down**** by M.J.Hyland
2006-Longlist-Theft:A Love Story**** by Peter Carey
2006-Longlist-Black Swan Green**** by David Mitchell

2006-Longlist-So Many Ways to Begin**** by Jon McGregor
2006-Longlist-Be Near Me***** by Andrew O'Hagan
2005-Shortlist-Never Let Me Go**** by Kazuo Ishiguro
2005-Longlist-Saturday***** by Ian McEwan
2005-Longlist-The People's Act of Love****+ by James Meek
2002-Shortlist-Unless**** by Carol Shields

2002-Shortlist-Dirt Music***** by Tim Winton
2002-Longlist-If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things***** by Jon McGregor
2001-Shortlist-Atonement**** by Ian McEwan

2001-Shortlist-Hotel World**** by Ali Smith
2001-Longlist-The Stone Carvers****+ by Jane Urquhart
2000-Shortlist-When We Were Orphans***** by Kazuo Ishiguro

1995-Shortlist-The Riders***** by Tim Winton

1992-Shortlist-Black Dogs****by Ian McEwan

1989-Shortlist-The Book of Evidence**** by John Banville

1983-Shortlist-Flying to Nowhere**** by John Humphreys

1978-Shortlist-The Bookshop**** by Penelope Fitzgerald
1973-Shortlist-The Black Prince**** by Iris Murdoch

1972-Shortlist-The Bird of Night**** by Susan Hill

1972-Shortlist-The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith***** by Thomas Keneally

Booker winners in my library TBR:

1974-The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
1980-Rites of Passage by William Golding

1982-Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally

1987-Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

1992-The English Patent by Michael Ondaatje

Booker shortlist nominees in my library TBR

Orchard on Fire by Shena MacKay
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Oxygen by Andrew Miller

Remembering Babylon by David Malouf

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

Illywhacker by Peter Carey
The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch

1987 - The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch

Which have you read and what did you think of them? Which can you recommend that I have not read? If you've posted a list of your Booker reads, or reviewed any of them, please leave a link. I'd love to read them.


  1. 10 Comments from original post
    Serena said...

    congrats on finishing the challenge!

    November 9, 2008 6:11 PM ----------------------------------
    Sandra said...

    Sorry Serena, the title just means I intend to read all the Booker Prize winners-eventually. That's just what the originator of the challenge named it.

    November 9, 2008 8:50 PM -----------------------------------
    bermudaonion said...

    That is a long term project. Good luck!

    November 10, 2008 11:43 AM -----------------------------------
    Veens said...

    I am also doing this challenge - but I have only read ONE!
    The Gathering - by Anne Wright.

    I am also started reading-
    God of small things by Arundhati Roy.

    But you have read so many :()

    I am impressed by your list :)

    November 10, 2008 2:28 PM -----------------------------------
    Sandra said...

    Veens: The Gathering didn't do a lot for me but I loved The God of Small Things. I'll be interested to see what you think after you're done.
    As you can tell from my lists I often enjoy the shortlisted ones as much or more as the final winner.

    November 12, 2008 12:26 AM -----------------------------------
    farmlanebooks said...

    I'm doing the challenge too! I recommend 'A Fine Balance' by Rohinton Mistry. It's the best book I've read in a long time.
    Good luck on completing the challenge!

    November 14, 2008 11:59 AM -----------------------------------
    Icedream said...

    Some of the ones I enjoyed that haven't already been mentioned are:
    The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

    I own quite a few on the list that I just haven't gotten to read yet but I don't see myself up to joining a challenge given how poorly I did on the challenges I entered this year! :D

    November 15, 2008 12:14 AM -----------------------------------
    Kim said...

    Wow! This is quite an impressive list...I wish you much luck. :)

    December 3, 2008 10:35 PM -----------------------------------
    Manda said...

    I've decided to do the challenge too - though all the prize winners that I have read so far have been in the first poerson, and that has put me off a bit. It is not my favourite viewpoint.

    March 17, 2009 1:28 PM -----------------------------------
    Rose City Reader said...

    Hi Sandra! I'm keeping track of this list myself and plan to read all the winners eventually. Here is my link:

    I am trying to keep track of other bloggers following my lists. I'm going to add a link to your post on my Booker list post -- please let me know when you update us on your progress and I will update the link.

    April 4, 2009 12:35 PM

  2. Wow what I great challenge! I always try to read as many as I can eventually that get shortlisted. Recently I read one on my blog that I didn't like "The Lost Dog" so you could scratch that off your list if you need to shorten it but for the most part I've liked what I've read. Good luck with your goals!

  3. Thanks for joining the 2010 Challenge! Glad to have you with us.

  4. Wow...thanks for sharing this list. I also signed up for the first time. You've inspired me!

  5. What a great idea! I'm going to give this challenge a try - I bet there are some excellent reads in the complete list. I've read The White Tiger (2008) and have Amsterdam (1998) and Life of Pi (2002) on my bookshelf.

  6. Wow, good work on the challenge- not that I'm surprised! I'm doing this challenge, too. It's great for litfic types like us! :-)

  7. Sandra -- Thanks for the update! I added your new link to my Booker list post. It is incredibly impressive that you are reading all the books that were listed for the prize as well as the winners. Whew!

  8. WOW, I am truly impressed! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a link to this post!



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