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2020 Booker Award


The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK. You can check out past winners here.

Stuart, Douglas
Shuggie Bain

Winner: A deeply felt novel about an alcoholic mother, Agnes, her three children, and philandering taxi driver husband in Glasgow in the 80s and early 90s. Also available as a downloadable E-book or downloadable Audiobook.

Cook, Diane
The new wilderness

2020 Short List: A dystopian future is the setting, and a group of individuals who have left the city, join together to survive. It's an ecological horror story that focuses on the bonds between mother and daughter, and the limits of survival.

Dangarembga, Tsitsi.
This mournable body

2020 Short List: A brutal evocation of life as a women in Zimbabwe; living during a civil war, and the crushing effect of capitalism and misogyny on society as a whole. Despite this all, Dangarembga finds a thread of hope to move forward with. Also available as a downloadable E-book.

Doshi, Avni
Burnt Sugar

2020 Short List: Explores a mother-daughter relationship to devastating effect. Tara, is at best a poor mother, and Antara her daughter. Kirkus book reviews calls it "A landmark portrait of toxic parenting and its tangled aftermath". Also available as a downloadable Audiobook.

Taylor, Brandon
Real Life

2020 Short List: This novel explores race and sexuality, in a university setting.  Wallace is a gay graduate student at a mid-west university trying to deal with racism in school as well his forays into dating and the impact of class in America. Also available as a downloadable E-book.