Best Booker

The list of Man Booker Prize winners and shortlist titles can be a wonderful source for book group ideas. For its 40th anniversary, the Man Booker Prize had a contest this spring  to determine the best Booker-winning title. The official contest is closed, but the online bookseller ABEBooks is conducting its own customer poll.  

An ABEBooks panel will announce a shortlist this month, and a public vote will decide the winner, to be announced in July.  Here are the results of the poll so far:

1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel (12.4%)

2) Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (10.5%)

3) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (8.8%)

4) The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (8.5%)

5) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (6.9%)

6) The Bone People by Keri Hulme (5.5%)

7) Possession by AS Byatt (5.4%)

8) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (5.2%)

9) Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (4%)

10) The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (3.3%)

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About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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