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Readers' guides for reading groups

The Booker Prizes offer libraries and reading groups a range of opportunities to get involved with the prize. This is the Readers' guides page with downloadable readers' guides sheets relating to various prizes. Visit the Downloadable resources page for materials for your library, including projector images and posters.

The Booker Prizes is guaranteed to inspire your reading group; whether it's the books that the judges have included or those that they have left out; there is always something for readers to discuss. Our Toolkits, downloadable from the links below, provides a range of ideas that will help your reading group get the most out of the opportunities created by the prize and will help members of your group to feel part of one of the world's most important and prestigious literary prizes.


The 2021 International Booker Prize

At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, translated from French by Anna Moschovakis, Pushkin Press
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez, translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell, Granta Books
When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, translated from Spanish by Adrian Nathan West, Pushkin Press
The Employees by Olga Ravn, translated from Danish by Martin Aitken, Lolli Editions
In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated from Russian by Sasha Dugdale, Fitzcarraldo Editions
The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard, translated from French by Mark Polizzotti, Pan Macmillan, Picador


The 2020 Booker Prize

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Oneworld Publications)

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Faber & Faber)

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze (4th Estate, HarperCollins)

The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel (4th Estate, HarperCollins)

Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Bloomsbury Publishing)
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate Books)

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury Publishing)

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador, Pan Macmillan)

Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Originals, Daunt Books Publishing)       

Redhead by The Side of The Road by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus, Vintage)

Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward (Corsair, Little, Brown)

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Virago, Little, Brown)


The 2020 International Booker Prize readers' guides 

Red Dog by Willem Anker translated by Michiel Heyns (Pushkin Press)

The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar translated by anonymous (Europa Editions)

The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh (Charco Press)

The Other Name: Septology I – II by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin (Scribe UK)

Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq translated by Shaun Whiteside (William Heinemann)

Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann translated by Ross Benjamin (Quercus)

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor translated by Sophie Hughes (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa translated by Stephen Snyder (Harvill Secker)

Faces on the Tip of My Tongue by Emmanuelle Pagano translated by Sophie Lewis and Jennifer Higgins (Peirene Press) 

Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin translated by Megan McDowell (Oneworld)

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld translated by Michele Hutchison (Faber & Faber)

Mac and His Problem by Enrique Vila-Matas translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Sophie Hughes (Harvill Secker)​

The 2019 Booker Prize readers' guides 

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Penguin Books)

Night Boat to Tangier, Kevin Barry (Canongate Books)

My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite (Atlantic Books)

Ducks, Newburyport, Lucy Ellmann (Galley Beggar Press)

Girl, Woman, Other, Bernadine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton)

The Wall, John Lanchester (Faber & Faber)

The Man Who Saw Everything, Deborah Levy (Hamish Hamilton)

Lost Children Archive, Valeria Luiselli (4th Estate)

An Orchetra of Minorities, Chigozie Obioma (Canongate)

Lanny, Max Porter (Faber & Faber)

Quichotte, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape)

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, Elif Shafak (Viking)

Frankissstein, Jeanette Winterson (Jonathan Cape)

2019 Man Booker International Prize reader's guides

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi translated by Marilyn Booth (Sandstone Press)

Love In The New Millennium by Can Xue, translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen (Yale University Press)

The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

At Dusk by Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell (Scribe)

Jokes For The Gunmen by Mazen Maarouf, translated by Jonathan Wright (Portobello Books)

Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli, translated by Sam Taylor (Portobello Books)

The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja (Serpent’s Tail)

Mouthful Of Birds by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (Oneworld)

The Faculty Of Dreams by Sara Stridsberg, translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner (MacLehose Press)

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

The Shape Of The Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated by Anne McLean (MacLehose Press)

The Death Of Murat Idrissi by Tommy Wieringa, translated by Sam Garrett (Scribe)

The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zeran, translated by Sophie Hughes (And Other Stories)

Man Booker Prize 2018 readers' guides 

Snap, Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press) 

Milk, Anna Burns (Faber & Faber)

Sabrina, Nick Drnaso (Granta Books)

Washington Black, Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail)

In Our Mad And Furious City, Guy Gunaratne (Tinder Press)

Everything Under, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)

The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner (Jonathan Cape)

The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh (Hamish Hamilton)

Warlight, Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape)

The Overstory, Richard Powers (William Heinemann)

The Long Take, Robin Robertson (Picador)

Normal People, Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)

From A Low And Quiet Sea, Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)


Man Booker International Prize 2018 readers' guides 

The 7th Function of Language, Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Harvill Secker)
The Impostor, Javier Cercas, Frank Wynne (MacLehose Press)
Vernon Subutex 1, Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne (MacLehose Press)
Go, Went, Gone, Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Portobello Books)
The White Book, Han Kang, Deborah Smith (Portobello Books)
Die, My Love Ariana Harwicz, Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff (Charco Press)
The World Goes On, László Krasznahorkai, John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes (Tuskar Rock Press)
Like a Fading Shadow, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Camilo A. Ramirez (Tuskar Rock Press)
The Flying Mountain, Christoph Ransmayr, Simon Pare (Seagull Books)
Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi, Jonathan Wright(Oneworld)
Flights, Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
The Stolen Bicycle, Wu Ming-Yi, Darryl Sterk (Text Publishing)
The Dinner Guest, Gabriela Ybarra, Natasha Wimmer (Harvill Secker)

Man Booker Prize 2017 readers' guides 

4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End, Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones, Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor (4th Estate)
Elmet, Fiona Mozley (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus)
Autumn, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time, Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Fleet)

Man Booker International Prize 2017 readers' guides 

Compass, Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Swallowing Mercury, Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Portobello Books)
A Horse Walks Into a Bar, David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (Jonathan Cape)
War and Turpentine, Stefan Hertmans, David McKay (Harvill Secker)
The Unseen, Roy Jacobsen, Don Bartlett, Don Shaw (Maclehose)
The Traitor's Niche, Ismail Kadare, John Hodgson (Harvill Secker)
Fish Have No Feet, Jon Kalman Stefansson, Phil Roughton (Maclehose)
The Explosion Chronicles, Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas (Chatto & Windus)
Black Moses, Alain Mabanckou, Helen Stevenson (Serpent's Tail)
Bricks and Mortar, Clemens Meyer, Katy Derbyshire (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Dorthe Nors, Misha Hoekstra (Pushkin Press)
Judas, Amos Oz, Nicholas de Lange (Chatto & Windus)
Fever Dream, Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Oneworld)

Man Booker Prize 2016 readers' guides 

The Sellout, Paul Beatty (Oneworld)
The Schooldays of Jesus, J.M. Coetzee (Harvill Secker)
Serious Sweet, A.L. Kennedy (Jonathan Cape)
Hot Milk, Deborah Levy (Hamish Hamilton)
His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet (Contraband)
The North Water, Ian McGuire (Scribner UK)
Hystopia, David Means (Faber & Faber)
The Many, Wyl Menmuir (Salt)
Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh (Jonathan Cape)
Work Like Any Other, Virginia Reeves (Scribner UK)
My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout (Viking)
All That Man Is, David Szalay (Jonathan Cape)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien (Granta) 

Man Booker International Prize 2016 readers' guides

A General Theory of Oblivion, José Eduardo Agualusa, Daniel Hahn (Harvill Secker)
The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions)
The Vegetarian, Han Kang, Deborah Smith (Portobello Books) 
Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal, Jessica Moore (Maclehose Press) 
Man Tiger, Eka Kurniawan, Labodalih Sembiring (Verso Books) 
The Four Books, Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas (Chatto & Windus)
Tram 83, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser (Jacaranda)          
A Cup of Rage, Raduan Nassar, Stefan Tobler (Penguin Modern Classics)
Ladivine, Marie NDiaye, Jordan Stump (Maclehose Press)
Death by Water, Kenzaburō Ōe, Deborah Boliver Boehm (Atlantic Books) 
White Hunger, Aki Ollikainen, Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah (Peirene Press)
A Strangeness in My Mind, Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap (Faber & Faber) 
A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler, Charlotte Collins (Picador)

Man Booker Prize 2015 readers' guides

Did You Ever Have A Family, Bill Clegg (Jonathan Cape) 
The Green Road, Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)
A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (Oneworld Publications) 
The Moor’s Account, Laila Lalami (Periscope, Garnet Publishing)
Satin Island, Tom McCarthy (Jonathan Cape)
The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma (ONE, Pushkin Press)
The Illuminations, Andrew O’Hagan (Faber & Faber)
Lila, Marilynne Robinson (Virago) 
Sleeping on Jupiter, Anuradha Roy (MacLehose Press, Querus)
The Year of the Runaways, Sunjeev Shaota (Picador)
The Chimes, Anna Smaill (Sceptre)
A Spool of Thread, Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus)
A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara (Picador)

Man Booker Prize 2014 readers' guides

Man Booker Prize 2013 readers' guides

Alison MacLeod - Unexploded  (Hamish Hamilton)
Charlotte Mendelson - Almost English  (Mantle)
Colm Toibin - The Testament of Mary  (Viking)
Colum McCann - TransAtlantic (Blooomsbury)
Donal Ryan - The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland)
Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries  (Granta)
Eve Harris - The Marrying of Chani Kaufman  (Sandstone Press)
Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland  (Bloomsbury)
Jim Crace - Harvest  (Picador)
Noviolet Bulawayo - We Need New Names  (Chatto & Windus)
Richard House - The Kills (Picador)
Ruth Ozeki - A Tale for the Time Being  (Canongate)
Tash Aw - Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate)
Collated reading guide for all of the 2013 Man Booker Prize longlisted novels

Man Booker Prize 2012 readers' guides

Nicola Barker - The Yips (Fourth Estate)
Ned Beauman - The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre)
André Brink - Philida (Harvill Secker)
Tan Twan Eng - The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)
Michael Frayn - Skios (Faber & Faber)
Rachel Joyce - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Doubleday)
Deborah Levy - Swimming Home (And Other Stories)
Hilary Mantel - Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
Alison Moore - The Lighthouse (Salt)
Will Self - Umbrella (Bloomsbury)
Jeet Thayil - Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)
Sam Thompson - Communion Town (Fourth Estate)

Collated reading guide for all of the 2012 Man Booker Prize longlisted novels

Man Booker Prize 2011 readers' guides

Julian Barnes - The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House)
Sebastian Barry - On Canaan's Side (Faber)
Carol Birch - Jamrach's Menageri (Canongate Books)
Patrick deWitt - The Sisters Brothers (Granta)
Esi Edugyan - Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail - Profile)
Yvvette Edwards - A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)
Alan Hollinghurst - The Stranger's Child (Picador - Pan Macmillan)
Stephen Kelman - Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
Patrick McGuinness - The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)
A.D. Miller - Snowdrops (Atlantic)
Alison Pick - Far to Go (Headline Review)
Jane Rogers - The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
D.J. Taylor - Derby Day (Chatto & Windus - Random House)

Man Booker Prize 2011 Toolkit

Reading Groups and Events
The Man Booker Prize Quiz 2011
The Man Booker Prize Quiz 2011 (answers)

Man Booker Prize 2010 readers' guides

Peter Carey  - Parrot and Olivier in America 
Emma Donoghue - Room 
Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal  
Damon Galgut - In a Strange Room 
Howard Jacobson - The Finkler Question  Andrea Levy - The Long Song
Tom McCarthy - C 
David Mitchell - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Lisa Moore - February 
Paul Murray - Skippy Dies 
Rose Tremain - Trespass 
Christos Tsiolkas - The Slap 
Alan Warner - The Stars in the Bright Sky

Man Booker Prize 2010 Toolkit

Reading Group Toolkit

Man Booker Prize 1969-2010 Who's Who wallchart

Who’s who in the Man Booker Prize 1969–2010 - Winners, shortlisted authors, and the panels of judges who chose them

Man Booker Prize 2009 readers' guides

A.S. Byatt - The Children's Book 
JM Coetzee - Summertime 
Adam Foulds - The Quickening Maze
Sarah Hall - How to Paint a Dead Man 
Samantha Harvey - The Wilderness 
James Lever - Me Cheeta 
Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall 
Simon Mawer - The Glass Room 
Ed O'Loughlin - Not Untrue & Not Unkind 
James Scudamore - Heliopolis
Colm Tóibín - Brooklyn
William Trevor - Love and Summer
Sarah Waters - The Little Stranger

Man Booker Prize 2009 Toolkit

Reading Group Toolkit

Lost Man Booker Prize

Readers Guide
Shortlist Flyer
Shortlist Poster

The Man Booker Best of Beryl guides

The Dressmaker (1973)
The Bottle Factory Outing (1974)
An Awfully Big Adventure (1990)
Every Man for Himself (1996)
Master Georgie (1998)

The Best of the Booker

Download the complete set of six the Best of the Booker Readers' Guide in one single download or choose any of the single titles below.

J.M. Coetzee - Disgrace
Salman Rushdie - Midnight’s Children
Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda
Nadine Gordimer - The Conservationist
Pat Barker - The Ghost Road
J. G. Farrell - The Siege of Krishnapur