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1994

How Late It Was, How Late

by Kelman, James

The gritty story of a fist-fighting, alcoholic ex-con named Sammy who is beaten senseless by the Glasgow police and plunged into a netherworld of darkness.

1993

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

by Doyle, Roddy

Paddy Clarke, a ten-year-old boy who longs to be a missionary, experiences life's joys and setbacks--specifically his ma and da's fights--as he grows up in Liffey, Ireland, in the late 1960s.

1992

Sacred Hunger

by Unsworth, Barry

A historical novel set in the eighteenth century, Sacred Hunger is a stunning, engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed in the British Empire as it entered fully into the slave trade and spread it throughout it colonies.

The English Patient

by Ondaatje, Michael

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II.

1991

The Famished Road

by Okri, Ben

The story of Azaro, a spirit child who is born only to live for a short while before returning to the idyllic world of his spirit companions.

1990

Possession

by Byatt, A. S.

Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story.

1989

The Remains of the Day

by Ishiguro, Kazuo

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England.

1988

Oscar and Lucinda

by Carey, Peter

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.

1986

The Old Devils

by Amis, Kingsley and Banville, John

Age has done everything except mellow the characters in Kingsley Amis's The Old Devils, which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of Welsh married couples who have been spending their golden years--when "all of a sudden the evening starts starting after breakfast"--nattering, complaining, reminiscing, and, above all, drinking.

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?"

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

Schindler's Ark (released in America as Schindler's List) is a Booker Prize-winning novel published in 1982 by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally.

1981

Midnight's Children

by Rushdie, Salman and Desai, Anita

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

Midnight's Children

by Rushdie, Salman

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Winner of the Booker of Bookers Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India's independence.

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 eccentrics live in houseboats. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they belong to one another.

1978

The Sea, The Sea

by Murdoch, Iris

The sea: turbulent and leaden, transparent and opaque, magician and mother...

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

A profound and powerful novel, winner of the Booker PrizeSet in colonial India during the 1920s, Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia, a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints of her position as the wife of an

1974

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.

The Conservationist

by Gordimer, Nadine

Mehring, a rich, powerful and vital industrialist, has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer.

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.

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