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The Booker Prize

The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world. Promoting the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.

The Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.

The Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 and 2017 marks its 49th year. Hilary Mantel made history in 2012 when she won the prize for the second time with Bring up the Bodies, as the first woman and the first British author to win the prize twice. A full history of the prize, including an interactive timeline, can be found on the Booker Prize website – https://thebookerprizes.com/.

News about the prize can also be found on Twitter @TheBookerPrizes

The Booker Prize 2019

On Monday 14th October at London's Guildhall, in a rule-breaking twist, two winners were announced for the 2019 Booker Prize.

Winner: The Testaments

35 years after the release of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes us back to Gilead. Following three characters we are introduced to perspectives outside of those of the Handmaids.  This is a terrific book that rounds out Gilead and tells of its downfall as opposed to being ...

Winner: Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

Shortlisted Books

Longlisted Books

The Booker Prize Archive

Click on a year below to view past years from this award.