Recent Prize Winner

Students need to read one recent prize winner or nominee. There are three prizes which are in this category:

Man Booker (http://www.themanbookerprize.com/)
Pulitzer (http://www.pulitzer.org/)
Costa Book Awards (http://www.costabookawards.com/)

Recent is seen as the last ten years. Any novel older than ten years will be automatically placed in the ‘Open Option’ category.

Nominees (short listed, finalists) will only be mentioned when a student has put it on his or her list. Complete lists of nominees can be found at their appropriate websites.

Man Booker

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade. The Man Booker prize is awarded every October.

Man Booker (website)

2007 – Anne Enright, The Gathering [Open Option for 1819-students]

 

2008 – Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger

2009 – Hillary Mantel, Wolf Hall

2010 – Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question

2010 – Emma Donoghue, Room

2011 – Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

2012 – Hillary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies

2013 – Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

2013 – Jim Crace, Harvest

2014 – Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

2014 – Ali Smith, How to be Both

2015 – Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings

2016 – Paul Beaty, The Sellout

2017 – George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

2018 – Anna BurnsMilkman

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year. The Pulitzer Prize is awarded every April.

A full list can be found here (including finalists, which are the ‘nominees’): Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Pulitzer (website)

2007 – Cormac McCarthy, The Road [Open Option for 1819-students]

 

2008 – Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

2009 – Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

2010 – Paul Harding, Paul Harding

2011 – Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

2012 – no award

2013 – Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son

2014 – Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

2015 – Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

2016 – Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

2017 – Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

2018 – Andrew Sean Greer, Less

Costa Book Award

The Costa Book Awards are a set of annual literary awards recognising English-language books by writers based in Britain and Ireland. They were inaugurated for 1971 publications and known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006 when Costa Coffee, a subsidiary of Whitbread, took over sponsorship. There are six awards,. Most relevant here are the Novel Award and the Book of the Year Award. If the Book of the Year (BotY) award is a novel, it is also mentioned. The Costa Book Award is announced every January.

Costa Book Award (website)

2007 – A. L. Kennedy, Day [Open Option for 1819-students]

 

2008 – Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture

2009 – Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

2010 – Maggie O’Farrell, The Hand that First Held Mine

2011 – Andrew Miller, Pure

2012 – Hilary Mantel, Bring Up The Bodies

2013 – Kate Atkinson, Life After Life

2013 (BotY)- Nathan Filer, The Shock of the Fall

2014 – Ali Smith, How to be both

2015 – Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins

2016 – Sebastian Barry, Days Without End

2017 – Jon McGregor, Reservoir 13

2018 – Sally Rooney, Normal People

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