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Golden Man Booker Prize shortlist

Golden Man Booker Prize shortlist

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Golden Man Booker Prize shortlist

Celebrating five decades of the finest fiction| #ManBooker50


The shortlist for the Golden Man Booker Prize was announced today (Saturday 26 May) during a reception at the Hay Festival. This special one-off award for Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize.


All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of five specially appointed judges, each of whom was asked to read the winning novels from one decade of the prize’s history. We can now reveal that that the ‘Golden Five’ – the books thought to have best stood the test of time – are: In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul; Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively; The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje; Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

  • Robert McCrum (Judge), 1971, In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul, UK, published by Picador

  • Lemn Sissay (Judge), 1987, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, UK, published by Penguin

  • Kamila Shamsie (Judge), 1992, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Canada, published by Bloomsbury

  • Simon Mayo (Judge), 2009, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, UK, published by Fourth Estate

  • Hollie McNish (Judge), 2017, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, USA, published by Bloomsbury

Key dates

26 May to 25 June

Readers are now invited to have their say on which book is their favourite from this shortlist. The month-long public vote on the Man Booker Prize website will close on 25 June. To help the public decide, the website will feature videos of each judge discussing their choice.

8 July

The winner, as chosen by the public, will be announced and presented with a trophy at Golden Man Booker Live, the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival at Southbank Centre on 8 July 2018 at 7pm. The star-studded event will feature the five judges debating their shortlisted books, along with readings from actors.

The Golden Five

In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul represents the first decade of the prize, and was chosen by writer and editor Robert McCrum, who described it as ‘outstandingly the best novel to win the Booker Prize in the 1970s, a disturbing book about displaced people at the dangerous edge of a disrupted world that could have been written yesterday, a classic for all seasons.’ Naipaul, who also received the Nobel Prize for Literature, is the oldest living winner of the Booker Prize.

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively was picked by poet Lemn Sissay MBE to represent the best winner of 1980s. Sissay said: ‘Lively’s ability to bring her character and the world she inhabits into full technicolour is beautiful. This is a unique book about a fascinating unpredictable woman way ahead of her time and yet absolutely of her time’. Lively who was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize before her win with Moon Tiger, will be appearing in an event, ‘Sex, Love & Families’, alongside Anne Enright at the Man Booker 50 Festival at 4.30pm on 7 July.

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje was selected by novelist Kamila Shamsie for the 1990s, who called it, ‘that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight.’  The Oscar-winning film adaptation of the novel will be screened at 7.30pm on 7 July at the Man Booker 50 Festival, where Michael Ondaatje will also appear in a one-to-one discussion at 2.30pm on 8 July with Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel was chosen as the best winner from the noughties by broadcaster and novelist Simon Mayo. Mantel is the only woman to have won the Man Booker Prize twice and Wolf Hall has since been adapted for TV and stage. Mayo said that ‘in its questioning of what England is and how it can disengage from Rome … [Wolf Hall is a] book as anguished as any essay about Brexit you’ll read in the papers.’ Mantel is taking part in several events at the Man Booker 50 Festival, including the opening event, ‘Rewriting the Past’, with Pat Barker at 7.30pm on Friday 6 July and a sold out BBC World Book Club.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, the most recent winner of the Man Booker Prize, was selected by poet Hollie McNish for the 2010s. Although well-known as a short story writer, the book is Saunders’ first full-length novel. McNish said, ‘I have never read a book like Lincoln in the Bardo … it was so funny, imaginative and tragic, but also a piece of genius in its originality of form and structure.’

The judges’ full comments on their selections can be found in the Notes to Editors.

Tomorrow (27 May) at 10am, Hay Festival is holding a Golden Man Booker Prize panel event, chaired by Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, featuring Elif Shafak, Philippe Sands and Juan Gabriel Vasquez, who will choose their own winner from the shortlist.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, comments:

‘The Golden Man Booker Prize judges have chosen a hugely exciting list of five books from the last 50 years, which showcases what the Man Booker Prize is all about: fiction of the highest quality. I’m confident these wonderfully evocative novels will appeal to the readers of today and hope that this campaign helps to find these authors many new fans. Now it’s over to the public to decide on the overall champion!’

Luke Ellis, CEO of Man Group, comments:

‘This shortlist of five books for the Golden Man Booker Prize celebrates a half century of literary excellence and the contribution of outstanding authors to the world of fiction. We are proud to be supporting the Man Booker Prize in its 50th year, as it continues to play a valuable role in recognising literary talent and creativity.’

The Golden Man Booker Prize is being supported by all major retail chains, 66 independent bookshops and more than 300 libraries across the UK, with point of sale material, displays, newsletters, staff picks, competitions and social media campaigns.

The shortlisted publishers are also getting behind the Golden Five. A spokesperson from Bloomsbury Publishing said: “We are thrilled to be the publisher of two of the five shortlisted titles from the Man Booker’s 50 year history. Bloomsbury Publishing has chosen to reprint The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, honouring the Golden Man Booker by using the original jacket used on the Booker prize-winning hardback edition when it was published in 1992. The photograph of a climber taken on the Almasy Expedition 1932 from a collection at the Royal Geographical Society was styled by photo artist Julian Lee for Bloomsbury’s Booker-winning hardback. Now, Bloomsbury assistant art director Greg Heinimann has recreated this iconic image from scratch and located matching fonts, to create a perfect facsimile of the original cover for this Golden Man Booker shortlisted edition.”

Meanwhile Penguin is reprinting and re-jacketing Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger and 4th Estate is re-jacketing Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall with a golden cover.

Since January, readers have been revisiting the previous winners for the #ManBooker50 challenge on Instagram, which encourages them to read as many of the novels as they can by the end of May for the chance to win tickets to the Man Booker 50 Festival.

The Man Booker 50 Festival runs from 6 to 8 July 2018 across Southbank Centre’s 17-acre site in London. Events are being held in a variety of spaces, including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. They range from interviews and conversations between Man Booker winning and shortlisted authors, to debates and masterclasses. The full programme and tickets are available at

The 50th anniversary is being amplified globally with Man Booker author events at international literary festivals across the world throughout the year and supported through video, livestream and podcasts, alongside an online exhibition on the Man Booker website.

The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group, an active investment management firm.

To hear the most up-to-date news on the prize, listen to the Man Booker Prize Podcast series, and to learn more about the prize’s history, please visit:

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Notes to Editors


Images of the judges, the shortlisted book jackets and the Golden Man Booker logo are available here.

The videos of the judges discussing their choices are available here to be embedded in news stories or share on social media.


Judges’ comments on their chosen books

Robert McCrum

‘I chose to nominate In A Free State for three principal reasons. First, it is outstandingly the best novel to win the Booker Prize in the 1970s, a disturbing book about displaced people at the dangerous edge of a disrupted world that could have been written yesterday, a classic for all seasons. Secondly, it signals the maturity of the novelist who would go on to write at least two contemporary masterpieces, Guerrillas and A Bend in the River. Shockingly, despite Naipaul’s genius, neither of these took the Booker prize. And finally, I chose In a Free State because it exemplifies the work of the writer I consider to be the greatest living exponent of English prose fiction. V.S. Naipaul is a master, with the literary equivalent of perfect pitch.  In my book, he deserves to be placed at the head of the profession.’

Kamila Shamsie

‘The English Patient is that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight. It moves seamlessly between the epic and the intimate – one moment you’re in looking at the vast sweep of the desert and the next moment watching a nurse place a piece of plum in a patient’s mouth. That movement is mirrored in the way your thoughts, while reading it, move between  large themes – war, loyalty, love – to  tiny shifts in the relationships between characters. It’s intricately (and rewardingly) structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page. Ondaatje’s imagination acknowledges no borders as it moves between Cairo, Italy, India, England, Canada – and between deserts and villas and bomb craters. And through all this, he makes you fall in love with his characters, live their joys and their sorrows. Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative. This one really does.’

Lemn Sissay

‘I chose Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively for three reasons. Firstly, I’ve never read a book about the Second World War written by a woman about a woman. Secondly, Lively’s ability to bring her character and the world she inhabits into full technicolour is beautiful. And thirdly because of the risks she takes in how she changes the pattern of the story. The central character of Moon Tiger is dying from the start, but what a life Claudia Hamilton has had. What a woman: historian lover and war reporter. This is a unique book about a fascinating unpredictable woman way ahead of her time and yet absolutely of her time. She barely speaks. She is incapacitated in a hospital bed. Claudia Hamilton writes a history of the world and of her life all inside her head. Her family won't hear this story though it is about them. None of her lovers either. She bears all without fear or favour. The nurse patronises her. Her family visit and talk over her. But the lucky reader is given access to the mind of an incredible woman, by invitation of a wonderful writer.’

Simon Mayo

‘My reading for this prize took me on quite an epic adventure with books set in Canada, India then Texas and Australia. But finally I returned to England. Specifically England. I’ve chosen the book that even though it is set hundreds of years ago, seemed to me to be the most contemporary. Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is equally adept at the tiny, the micro – an exquisite description of feathers in a fancy dress costume is breathtaking – and the vast, the macro – the huge swirls of international diplomacy, splitting from Rome, politics, politicians and royalty. Oh so much royalty. It seemed, in its questioning of what England is and how it can disengage from Rome, of who should rule and where should power be held, to be a book as anguished as any essay about Brexit you’ll read in the papers. And in its central character of Thomas Cromwell, Mantel provides a masterly chief of staff, a spin doctor, enforcer and sceptic to echo through the ages.’

Hollie McNish

‘I have never read a book like Lincoln in the Bardo. So many of the books on my list had me desperate to keep reading every time I had to stop and get on with normal life, but Lincoln in the Bardo not only had this effect on me, it made me question so much through the style in which it is written – from the structure and opportunities of writing itself, to the total subjectivity of historic facts and documentation. A few of the other novels were dedicated to discussing this matter, but Lincoln in the Bardo went further, and showed this through its brilliantly imaginative use of source material. I thought as a story, it was so funny, imaginative and tragic, but also a piece of genius in its originality of form and structure.’

Author synopses and biogs

In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul

In a Free State tells first of an Indian servant in Washington, who becomes an American citizen but feels he has ceased to be a part of the flow. Then of a disturbed Asian West Indian in London who, in jail for murder, has never really known where he is. The central novel then moves to Africa. The land is no longer safe, and at a time of tribal conflict two English visitors have to make the long drive to the safety of their compound. At the end of this drive we know everything about the English characters, the African country and the Idi Amin-like future awaiting it.

V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He is the author of more than 20 books of fiction and non-fiction and is the recipient of numerous honours, including the Nobel Prize in 2001, and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990. His latest book, The Masque of Africa, was published in 2010. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

Moon Tiger is the tale of a historian confronting her personal history, unearthing the passions and pains that have defined her life. Claudia Hampton, a beautiful, famous writer, lies dying in hospital.  But, as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: ‘a history of the world ... and in the process, my own’. Gradually she recreates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up those she has known. Through an exquisite mesh of memories, flashbacks and shifting voices, this is a haunting story of loss and desire.

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and for According to Mark – before winning the award. She is also a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient opens in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of the Second World War where Hana, a nurse, tends to her sole remaining patient. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged beyond recognition and haunted by painful memories.

The only clue Hana has to unlocking his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire – a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes detailing a tragic love affair.

Michael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers whose work has influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form. He is one of only two authors whose work has won the Booker Prize and an Oscar.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall is set at the court of Henry VIII in the 1520s. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, his reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. Wolf Hall peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage.

Hilary Mantel is the author of 14 books, including two short story collections, a memoir and various radio dramas. She has won a number of literary prizes and is one of only three authors to have won the Man Booker Prize twice. She lives by the sea in the west of England and is currently working on the third novel in her Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror & The Light.

Lincoln in the Bardo By George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo is the tale of Abraham Lincoln and the death of his 11 year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the American Civil War. Unfolding over a single night, this is a story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm – called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo – and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

George Saunders is the author of nine books including the award-winning short story collection Tenth of December. He has received MacArthur and Guggen­heim fellowships and the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He teaches in the creative writing programme at Syracuse University.


Judges’ biographies

Robert McCrum is a writer and editor. From 1980 to 1996, he was editor-in-chief of Faber & Faber, where he published Kazuo Ishiguro and Peter Carey among many others. He has written seven novels and four non-fiction books, including My Year Off documenting a serious stroke he suffered in 1995, as well as a definitive life of PG Wodehouse, and co-authoring the BBC TV series, The Story of English, which won an Emmy and a Peabody Prize. He was literary editor of the Observer from 1996 to 2010, before becoming associate editor. He left at the start of this year to pursue his own literary interests. His forthcoming book, Shakespearean, will be published in 2019 by Picador.

Lemn Sissay MBE is author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London. They can be seen in The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park.  Sissay was official poet for The FA Cup 2015 and his Desert Island Discs was pick of the year for BBC Radio 4 2015. Sissay is Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Patron of The Letterbox Club, Canterbury’s Poet Laureate and he is a regular contributor to radio and television.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, which have been translated into over 20 languages.  They include Home Fire (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award), Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction), and A God in Every Stone (shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, she grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London. 

Simon Mayo is one of Britain's best-loved and well-known radio presenters. He has worked on BBC radio since 1981 and is now the presenter of 'Drivetime' on BBC Radio 2, which features the regular 'Book Club' show. He is also the co-presenter of "Kermode and Mayo's Film Review" on BBC Radio 5 Live. Mayo was recognized as the Radio Broadcaster of the Year at the 2008 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and has won several Sony Radio Academy Awards, including Best Music Programme for ‘Drivetime’ in 2011. Mayo has published 5 books, including his bestselling trilogy for children, Itch. His first novel for adults will be released in April this year: Mad Blood Stirring, inspired by the true story of American sailors awaiting liberation at Dartmoor Prison in 1815.

Hollie McNish has published three collections of poems Plum, Papers and Cherry Pie and one poetic memoir Nobody Told Me, of which The Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book” and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award. In 2016 she co-wrote a play Offside Sabrina Mahfouz relating the 200 year history of UK women’s football. McNish tours continuously across the UK and her poetry videos have attracted over 10 million views worldwide. She does readings for organisations as diverse as The Economist, MTV and Ronnie Scotts. She has a keen interest in migration, infant health and language learning and in 2017 she became the first patron of Baby Milk Action.


The winning books that were in contention for the Golden Man Booker Prize:

  • Judging the 1970s  Robert McCrum        

          1969    Something to Answer For  P.H Newby  Faber & Faber

                        1970    The Elected Member            Bernice Rubens    Abacus

                        1971     In a Free State           V.S Naipaul    Picador

                        1972    G         John Berger   Bloomsbury

                        1973    The Siege of Krishnapur       J.G Farrell      Orion

                        1974    The Conservationist  Nadine Gordimer      Bloomsbury

                        1974    Holiday           Stanley Middleton     Windmill Books

                        1975    Heat and Dust           Ruth Prawer Jhabvala          Abacus

                        1976    Saville David Storey  Vintage

                        1977    Staying On      Paul Scott       Arrow

                        1978    The Sea, the Sea        Iris Murdoch  Vintage

                        1979    Offshore         Penelope Fitzgerald   Fourth Estate

  • Judging the 1980s     Lemn Sissay  

          1980    Rites of Passage        William Golding         Faber & Faber

                        1981     Midnight's Children  Salman Rushdie        Vintage

                        1982    Schindler's Ark          Thomas Keneally       Sceptre

                        1983    Life & Times of Michael K    J.M Coetzee   Vintage

                        1984    Hotel du Lac  Anita Brookner          Penguin

                        1985    The Bone People        Keri Hulme    Picador

                        1986    The Old Devils           Kingsley Amis            Vintage

                        1987    Moon Tiger     Penelope Lively          Penguin

                        1988    Oscar and Lucinda    Peter Carey    Faber & Faber

                        1989    The Remains of the Day       Kazuo Ishiguro          Faber & Faber

  • Judging the 1990s     Kamila Shamsie

          1990    Possession      A.S Byatt         Vintage

                        1991     The Famished Road  Ben Okri         Vintage

                        1992    The English Patient   Michael Ondaatje      Bloomsbury

                        1992    Sacred Hunger          Barry Unsworth         Penguin

                        1993    Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha        Roddy Doyle   Vintage

                        1994    How Late It Was, How Late James Kelman           Vintage

                        1995    The Ghost Road         Pat Barker      Penguin

                        1996    Last Orders    Graham Swift Picador

                        1997    The God of Small Things      Arundhati Roy           Fourth Estate

                        1998    Amsterdam    Ian McEwan   Vintage

                        1999    Disgrace         J.M. Coetzee  Vintage

  • Judging the 2000s    Simon Mayo  

           2000   The Blind Assassin    Margaret Atwood       Bloomsbury

                        2001    True History of the Kelly Gang         Peter Carey    Faber & Faber

                        2002    Life of Pi         Yann Martel   Canongate

                        2003    Vernon God Little      D.B.C. Pierre  Faber & Faber

                        2004   The Line of Beauty    Alan Hollinghurst      Picador

                        2005    The Sea          John Banville Picador

                        2006   The Inheritance of Loss        Kiran Desai    Penguin

                        2007    The Gathering            Anne Enright Vintage

                        2008   The White Tiger         Aravind Adiga            Atlantic

                        2009   Wolf Hall        Hilary Mantel Fourth Estate

  • Judging the 2010s     Hollie McNish           

          2010    The Finkler Question            Howard Jacobson      Bloomsbury

                        2011     The Sense of an Ending        Julian Barnes Vintage

                        2012    Bring Up the Bodies  Hilary Mantel Fourth Estate

                        2013    The Luminaries         Eleanor Catton           Granta 

                        2014    The Narrow Road to the Deep North          Richard Flanagan      Vintage

                        2015    A Brief History of Seven Killings      Marlon James            Oneworld

                        2016    The Sellout     Paul Beatty     Oneworld

                        2017    Lincoln in the Bardo  George Saunders       Bloomsbury


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  • The Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation is Gaby Wood. The Administrator of the Man Booker International Prize is Fiammetta Rocco – Culture Correspondent at The Economist and 1843

  • George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury Publishing). Bloomsbury issued an immediate reprint of 100,000 copies. In the week following the 2017 winner announcement, sales of Lincoln in the Bardo increased by 1227%. The book was announced as the Sunday Times’ Novel of the Year

  • In 2018, the Man Booker Prize will be chaired by philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah and consists of: crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton.

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  • The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually in May for the best single work of fiction translated into English and published in the UK. The £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author and the translator. Each shortlisted author and translator receives £1,000. The 2018 winner was Flights written by Olga Tokarczuk and translated by Jennifer Croft. Chaired by author and cultural commentator Lisa Appignanesi OBE, the 2018 panel consisted of: translator Michael Hofmann; novelist and essayist Hari Kunzru; critic Tim Martin; and novelist and short story writer Helen Oyeyemi.

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  • The Booker Prize Foundation has partnered with the National Literary Trust since 2012 to deliver Books Unlocked. The Foundation funds the programme, which has transformed the lives of prisoners and young offenders in the UK by helping them develop a love of reading. Prisoners are able to engage with high-quality writing as copies of Man Booker Prize shortlisted titles are sent out to prison reading groups. These same titles are also serialised as audiobooks on National Prison Radio, which is broadcast into c.80,000 cells, enabling still more prisoners to experience these exceptional stories. Authors go into prisons to discuss their writing directly with reading groups and many also record interviews on National Prison Radio. The shared vision for Books Unlocked is to bring about positive change in prisoners’ life chances. 2018 is the National Literacy Trust’s 25th anniversary. For 25 years the charity has led the campaign to transform the future of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people by improving their literacy levels:


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