Books

Our 10 favourite Man Booker winners

Chatelaine book editor, Laurie Grassi, picks the must-read, award-winning novels from the last two decades

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Possession by A.S. Byatt

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

2006: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
In rural India, a teenager and her anglophile grandfather are embroiled in cultural clashes; half a world away in America, a childhood acquaintance struggles to survive.

2003: Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
After the media and townspeople frame him as an accessory to a high-school killing spree, a smart-aleck 15-year-old goes on the lam.

2002: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
After surviving a shipwreck, a boy is adrift on a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound tiger. Appetite and adventure ensue — naturally!

2000: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Two sisters, one fiery and passionate, the other icy and contained. One day, one of them drives off a bridge. Suicide or accident?

1998: Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
After the lingering death of a former lover, two friends decide on a euthanasia pact. Meanwhile, scandalous photos surface.

1997: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Following the death of a child in India, the tragic consequences are viewed through the eyes of her two young twin cousins.

1992: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Burned beyond recognition, a man with no name is tended by a nurse, a thief and a sapper, and tells a heartbreaking tale of forbidden love.

1990: Possession by A.S. Byatt
A student and a scholar fall in love and uncover an epic secret while investigating the possible connection between two poets over 100 years ago.

1989: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Suppressed emotion simmers beneath the surface of this story about a butler dedicated to duty who tragically lets life and love pass him by.

1988: Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
A minister and an eccentric heiress combine forces in a crazy gamble to see a glass church erected in the Australian outback.