and the Pulitzer Prize meme a similar endeavour for the Booker Prize (the links are all via the Booker Prize website and give a little more information on each year’s nominees.
The rules (from the Pulitzer meme) bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italics for those started but unfinished, and asterisks beside the ones you loved.
I should note that if I’m not enjoying something I usually give up on it rather than go through to the bitter end which may explain the plethora of italics.
2006 – Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
2005 – John Banville, The Sea (not as good as some of his previous novels, I think)
2004 – Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty *
2003 – DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little
2002 – Yann Martel, Life of Pi *
2001 – Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang
2000 – Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
1999 – J M Coetzee, Disgrace *
Ian McEwan, Amsterdam (I can’t describe how much I hate this book. The McEwan from The Comfort of Strangers and A CHild in Time that I had loved, wins for this frippery, a slight novel more reminiscent of a bad Roald Dahl inspired (but not adapted) Tale of the Unexpected. A turning point in McEwan’s writing, where his research becomes more and more prominent. I persevered because (a) it was short; and (b) I’d loved his work until that point. Since then I’ve given up on Saturday (where he wore his research heavily) and didn’t particularly enjoy Atonement. On Chesil Beach sits by my bedside, but i’ve been put off since it was photographed in the hands of Aardman’s own David Cameron).
1997 – Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
1996 – Graham Swift, Last Orders
1995 – Pat Barker, The Ghost Road * (I probably loved it because it comes at the end of an excellent trilogy)
1994 – James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late *
1993 – Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
1992 – Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient and Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger (joint winners)
1991 – Ben Okri, The Famished Road
1990 – A S Byatt, Possession
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (persuaded to read it by a friend whose taste I valued (hence my finishing it), I found this an exercise in ventriloquism and unengaging. I didn’t like the film either).
1988 – Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda
1987 – Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
1986 – Kingsley Amis, The Old Devils
1985 – Keri Hulme, The Bone People (I don’t even know why I started this. To impress someone I think.
1984 – Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac
1983 – J M Coetzee, Life & Times of Michael K
1982 – Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s Ark
1981 – Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children (I feel quite ambivalent about Midnight’s Children. I admire it but do not love it. I enjoyed The Satanic Verses (complete with misunderstood reference to the Pertwee story The Mutants) and Shame far more).
1980 – William Golding, Rites of Passage *
1979 – Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore
1978 – Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea
1977 – Paul Scott, Staying On
1976 – David Storey, Saville
1975 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust
1974 – Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist and Stanley Middleton, Holiday (joint winners)
1973 – J G Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur
1972 – John Berger, G.
1971 – V S Naipaul, In a Free State
1970 – Bernice Rubens, The Elected Member
1969 – P H Newby, Something to Answer For