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Man Booker Prize Winners

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The Man Booker Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. It is not only one of literature's highest honors but quite lucrative as the winner takes home £50,000.

1. 2012 - Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the first woman and the first Briton to win the Man Booker Prize twice, and she takes it this year with the sequel to Wolf Hall, her 2009 Booker Prize-winning novel about Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Thomas Cromwell. Bring up the Bodies is actually part two of a trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister, focusing on the time during which Anne Boleyn is arrested, tried for treason, and executed.

2. 2011 - A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
© Knopf
Julian Barnes' A Sense of an Ending is a story about selective memory and how we perceive, reinvent, and reinterpret the past in order to live in a palatable present.

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3. 2010 - The Finkler Question by Harold Jacobson

The Finkler Question by Harold Jacobson
© Bloomsbury

In Howard Jacobson's darkly comic novel, a BBC radio producer and a Jewish philosopher, writer and TV personality reminisce and philosophize with a former teacher.

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4. 2009 - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

In Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, the politics and characters of 16th century Tudor England come alive in the stories of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Thomas Cromwell.

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5. 2008 - The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger approaches themes of class and race inequalities through the eyes and crudely cynical voice of Balram Halwai, a chauffer who recounts and accounts for the crimes of his past.

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6. 2007 - The Gathering by Anne Enright

An epic portrait of a large Irish family grieving the loss of Liam, a brother drowned at sea.

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7. 2006 - The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

An aging judge and his family make their lives in a village at the foot of the Himalayas amidst a Nepalese insurgency.

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8. 2005 - The Sea by John Banville

The story of Max Morden, a middle-aged art historian, who attempts to face the trials of later life by flinging himself headlong towards the mysteries of his youth.

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9. 2004 - The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

In The Line of Beauty, Hollinghurst's gay antihero, Nick Guest, finds his life dramatically altered when he takes up residence with conservative Parliament member, Gerald Feddens, his wealthy wife and two children.

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10. 2003 - Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

Teenager, Vernon Little is pinned as an accomplice in a tragic high school shooting and splits for Mexico.

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