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1990

Possession: A Romance

by Byatt, A. S.

Two contemporary literary scholars discover and investigate a secret romance between two Victorian poets - brilliant, funny, fascinating.

1989

1988

Oscar and Lucinda

by Carey, Peter

The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures.This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia.

1987

Moon Tiger

by Lively, Penelope

As she lays dying, a woman reflects on her life as a historian, fighting the world of men and their doubts of her, and her brief love affair with a British tank commander. Booker prize winner.

1986

The Old Devils

by Amis, Kingsley

There is a secret humor within this book; for instance, how much different are the Welsh from the British and in what way? A British satire dealing with four couples whose relationships make them at ease and ill at ease when they meet.

1985

The Bone People

by Hulme, Keri

In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes. One night her solitude is disrupted by a speechless mercurial boy named Simon and his Maori foster father Joe.

1984

Hotel Du Lac

by Brookner, Anita

In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question "Why love?" It tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a pseudonym.

1983

Life and Times of Michael K

by Coetzee, J. M.

Michael takes his mother on a journey through South Africa and searches for meaning, freedom and survival

1982

Schindler's List

by Keneally, Thomas

Re-creation, based on history but told with all the urgency of fiction. No one has ever understood what drove Schindler to his heroic and cunning feats against the Nazis.

1981

Midnight's Children

by Rushdie, Salman

Introduction by Anita DesaiSaleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and finds himself mysteriously 'handcuffed to history' by the coincidence.

1980

Rites of Passage

by Greenberg, Joanne

Collection of short stories by the author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

1979

Offshore

by Fitzgerald, Penelope

On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of the slightly disreputable, the temporarily lost, and the patently eccentric live on houseboats. Booker prize winner.

1978

The Sea, the Sea

by Murdoch, Iris

Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years.

1977

Staying On

by Scott, Paul

Sequel to the Raj Quartet, this novel is set in 1972, long after the British have left the remote hill station of Pankot. Staying on are Colonel Tusker Smalley and Lucy, his wife.

1976

Saville

by Storey, David

Towards the end of the third decade of the present century a coal hauler's cart, pulled by a large, dirt-grey horse, came into the narrow streets of the village of Saxton, a small mining community in the low hill-land of south Yorkshire.

1975

Heat and Dust

by Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer

In 1923 India, the lonely wife of an English colonist is intrigued by a minor prince named Nawab. Her letters are read by a present-day English girl, who's fascinated by India.

1974

The Conservationist

by Gordimer, Nadine

A subtle and detailed novel of the forces and relationships that seethe in South Africa. Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.

Holiday

by Middleton, Stanley

This consummate portrait of English provincial life, an extremely subtle story, told with all Middleton's artistry and depth of feeling, was joint winner of the Booker Prize in 1974.

1973

The Siege of Krishnapur

by Farrell, J. G.

In the Spring of 1857, with India on the brink of a violent and bloody mutiny, Krishnapur is a remote town on the vast North Indian plain. For the British there, life is orderly and genteel.

1972

G.

by Berger, John

In this luminous novel -- winner of Britain's prestigious Booker Prize -- John Berger relates the story of "G.," a young man forging an energetic sexual career in Europe during the early years of this century.

1971

In a Free State

by Naipaul, V. S.

Winner of the 1971 Booker Prize, this grouping of two stories -- a short novel within a prologue and an epilogue from Naipaul's travel journals -- is held together by Naipaul's pervading concern with the themes of exile, freedom and prejudice.

1970

The Elected Member

by Rubens, Bernice

In this 1970 Booker Prize-winning novel, Norman is the clever one of a closely-knit Jewish family in London's East End. Infant prodigy, brilliant barrister, the apple of his parents' eyes-- until at 41 he becomes a drug addict, confined to his bedroom, at the mercy of his hallucinations and paranoia.

1969

Something to Answer For

by Newby, P. H.
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