My Top 5… the Booker winners I re-read, and why

All lists are completely subjective, and I am not claiming to have read every Booker winner. So this list is a little like a celebrity’s ‘Desert Island Discs’, it has changed in recent years and will no doubt change again. There are more recent Booker winners which I love, Hilary Mantel for example, but have yet to re-read and so strictly they do not belong here. In no particular order, my current Top 5 are:-

‘Possession’ by AS Byatt [UK: Vintage]

BookerThe plaiting together of storylines and points of view in two centuries, it showed me how to plot.

‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel [UK: Canongate]

BookerThe sheer magical ambition of it, a tiger in a boat.

‘Midnight’s Children’ by Salman Rushdie [UK: Vintage]

BookerThe scope, the exotic setting, what a way of recounting the birth of a new country.

‘Moon Tiger’ by Penelope Lively [UK: Penguin]

BookerPerhaps my all-time favourite, for its gentle romance, its clever manipulation of point of view, the handling of death and grief. And she gets the dialogue spot-on too.

‘Oscar and Lucinda’ by Peter Carey [UK: Faber]

BookerThe first Peter Carey I read, the first of many, and picked up on impulse because it had won the Booker. It introduced me to Australian writers.

Which 5 Booker winners do you re-read?

Do you agree with my other ‘Top 5’ choices?:-
My Top 5… author websites
My top 5… WW2 novels
My Top 5… books about writing

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