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This is a new group for anyone interested in reading and discussing the very best in contemporary fiction.

We will meet for lunch on the last Sunday of each month at a central London location. The aim will be to create a friendly and informal group with great discussions.

We will work our way through the prize winners of four long established awards for fiction: the US Pulitzer Prize; the US National Book Award; the UK Booker Prize; and the UK Costa Novel Award (previously known as the Whitbread Novel Award).

This approach of sticking to award winning fiction may appeal to anyone who would like a good read, but is unsure where to start.

In March, June, September and December each year,  I will invite members to nominate their suggested reads from the list of past award winners, and schedule meetings for the most popular choices (there are over 250 past winners and new awards are made each year, so there is plenty to choose from). Make sure you allow email notifications from the group if you want to take part in the choice of books.

Below is the current list of winners for the four awards. 

If you are new to the group, let me know if you would like one of these award winners to be picked for a future meeting. Either message me directly, or just send an email to the group's mailing list.


Award Winning Fiction - Past Winners as of Sept 2016:

2016 Pulitzer prize Viet Thanh Nguyen The Sympathiser 

2015 Booker prize Marlon James A Brief History of Seven Killings ALREADY PICKED! 

2015 Costa prize Kate Atkinson A God in Ruins ALREADY PICKED! 

2015 NBA prize Adam Johnson Fortune Smiles ALREADY PICKED! 

2015 Pulitzer prize Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See ALREADY PICKED! 

2014 Booker prize Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North ALREADY PICKED! 

2014 Costa prize Ali Smith How to Be Both ALREADY PICKED! 

2014 NBA prize Phil Klay Redeployment ALREADY PICKED! 

2014 Pulitzer prize Donna Tartt The Goldfinch ALREADY PICKED! 

2013 Booker prize Eleanor Catton The Luminaries ALREADY PICKED! 

2013 Costa prize Kate Atkinson Life after Life ALREADY PICKED! 

2013 NBA prize James McBride The Good Lord Bird ALREADY PICKED! 

2013 Pulitzer prize  Adam Johnson The Orphan Master's Son ALREADY PICKED! 

2012 Booker prize Hilary Mantel Bring Up the Bodies 

2012 Costa prize Hilary Mantel Bring up the Bodies 

2012 NBA prize Louise Erdrich The Round House 

2011 Booker prize Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending 

2011 Costa prize Andrew Miller Pure 

2011 NBA prize Jesmyn Ward Salvage the Bones 

2011 Pulitzer prize  Jennifer Egan  A Visit From the Goon Squad 

2010 Booker prize Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question 

2010 Costa prize Maggie O'Farrell The Hand That First Held Mine 

2010 NBA prize Jaimy Gordon Lord of Misrule 

2010 Pulitzer prize Paul Harding Tinker 

2009 Booker prize Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall 

2009 Costa prize Colm Tóibin Brooklyn 

2009 NBA prize Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin 

2009 Pulitzer prize Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge 

2008 Booker prize Aravind Adiga The White Tiger 

2008 Costa prize Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture 

2008 NBA prize Peter Matthiessen Shadow Country 

2008 Pulitzer prize Junot Díaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 

2007 Booker prize Anne Enright The Gathering 

2007 Costa prize A.L. Kennedy Day  

2007 NBA prize Denis Johnson Tree of Smoke 

2007 Pulitzer prize Cormac McCarthy The Road 

2006 Booker prize Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss 

2006 Costa prize William Boyd Restless 

2006 NBA prize Richard Powers The Echo Maker 

2006 Pulitzer prize Geraldine Brooks March 

2005 Booker prize John Banville The Sea 

2005 Costa prize Ali Smith The Accidental 

2005 NBA prize William T. Vollmann Europe Central 

2005 Pulitzer prize Marilynne Robinson Gilead  

2004 Booker prize Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty 

2004 Costa prize Andrea Levy Small Island 

2004 NBA prize Lily Tuck The News from Paraguay 

2004 Pulitzer prize  Edward P. Jones The Known World 

2003 Booker prize DBC Pierre Vernon God Little 

2003 Costa prize Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 

2003 NBA prize Shirley Hazzard The Great Fire 

2003 Pulitzer prize Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex 

2002 Booker prize Yann Martel Life of Pi 

2002 Costa prize Michael Frayn Spies 

2002 NBA prize Julia Glass Three Junes 

2002 Pulitzer prize Richard Russo Empire Falls 

2001 Booker prize Peter Carey True History of the Kelly Gang 

2001 Costa prize Patrick Neate Twelve Bar Blues 

2001 NBA prize Jonathan Franzen The Corrections 

2001 Pulitzer prize Michael Chabon The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay 

2000 Booker prize Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin 

2000 Costa prize Matthew Kneale English Passengers 

2000 NBA prize Susan Sontag In America 

2000 Pulitzer prize  Jhumpa Lahiri Interpreter of Maladies 

1999 Booker prize J. M. Coetzee Disgrace 

1999 Costa prize Rose Tremain Music and Silence 

1999 NBA prize Ha Jin Waiting 

1999 Pulitzer prize Michael Cunningham The Hours 

1998 Booker prize Ian McEwan Amsterdam 

1998 Costa prize Justin Cartwright Leading the Cheers 

1998 NBA prize Alice McDermott Charming Billy 

1998 Pulitzer prize Philip Roth American Pastoral 

1997 Booker prize Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things 

1997 Costa prize Jim Crace Quarantine 

1997 NBA prize Charles Frazier Cold Mountain 

1997 Pulitzer prize Steven Millhauser The Tale of an American Dreamer 

1996 Booker prize Graham Swift Last Orders 

1996 Costa prize Beryl Bainbridge Every Man For Himself 

1996 NBA prize Andrea Barrett Ship Fever and Other Stories 

1996 Pulitzer prize Richard Ford Independence Day 

1995 Booker prize Pat Barker The Ghost Road 

1995 Costa prize Salman Rushdie The Moor's Last Sigh 

1995 NBA prize Philip Roth Sabbath's Theater 

1995 Pulitzer prize  Carol Shields The Stone Diaries 

1994 Booker prize James Kelman How Late It Was, How Late 

1994 Costa prize William Trevor Felicia's Journey 

1994 NBA prize William Gaddis A Frolic of His Own 

1994 Pulitzer prize  E. Annie Proulx The Shipping New 

1993 Booker prize Roddy Doyle Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha 

1993 Costa prize Joan Brady Theory of War 

1993 NBA prize E. Annie Proulx The Shipping News 

1993 Pulitzer prize  Robert Olen Butler A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain 

1992 Booker prize Barry Unsworth Sacred Hunger 

1992 Booker prize Michael Ondaatje The English Patient 

1992 Costa prize Alasdair Gray Poor Things 

1992 NBA prize Cormac McCarthy All the Pretty Horses 

1992 Pulitzer prize  Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres 

1991 Booker prize Ben Okri The Famished Road 

1991 Costa prize Jane Gardam The Queen of the Tambourine

1991 NBA prize Norman Rush Mating 

1991 Pulitzer prize John Updike Rabbit at Rest 

1990 Booker prize A. S. Byatt Possession 

1990 Costa prize Nicholas Mosley Hopeful Monsters 

1990 NBA prize Charles Johnson Middle Passage 

1990 Pulitzer prize Oscar Hijuelos The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love 

1989 Booker prize Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day 

1989 Costa prize Lindsay Clarke The Chymical Wedding 

1989 NBA prize John Casey Spartina 

1989 Pulitzer prize  Anne Tyler Breathing Lessons 

1988 Booker prize Peter Carey Oscar and Lucinda 

1988 Costa prize Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses 

1988 NBA prize Pete Dexter Paris Trout 

1988 Pulitzer prize Toni Morrison Beloved 

1987 Booker prize Penelope Lively Moon Tiger 

1987 Costa prize Ian McEwan The Child in Time 

1987 NBA prize Larry Heinemann Paco's Story 

1987 Pulitzer prize Peter Taylor A Summons to Memphis 

1986 Booker prize Kingsley Amis The Old Devils 

1986 Costa prize Kazuo Ishiguro An Artist of the Floating World 

1986 NBA prize E.L. Doctorow World's Fair 

1986 Pulitzer prize Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove 

1985 Booker prize Keri Hulme The Bone People 

1985 Costa prize Peter Ackroyd Hawksmoor 

1985 NBA prize Don DeLillo White Noise 

1985 Pulitzer prize  Alison Lurie Foreign Affairs 

1984 Booker prize Anita Brookner Hotel du Lac 

1984 Costa prize Christopher Hope Kruger's Alp 

1984 NBA prize Ellen Gilchrist Victory Over Japan: A Book of Stories 

1984 Pulitzer prize William Kennedy Ironweed 

1983 Booker prize J. M. Coetzee Life & Times of Michael K 

1983 Costa prize William Trevor Fools of Fortune 

1983 NBA prize Alice Walker The Color Purple 

1983 NBA prize Eudora Welty The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty 

1983 Pulitzer prize Alice Walker The Color Purple 

1982 Booker prize Thomas Keneally Schindler's Ark 

1982 Costa prize John Wain Young Shoulders 

1982 NBA prize John Updike Rabbit is Rich 

1982 NBA prize William Maxwell So Long, See You Tomorrow 

1982 Pulitzer prize John Updike Rabbit Is Rich 

1981 Booker prize Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children 

1981 Costa prize Maurice Leitch Silver's City 

1981 NBA prize John Cheever The Stories of John Cheever 

1981 NBA prize Wright Morris Plains Song: For Female Voices 

1981 Pulitzer prize  John Kennedy Toole A Confederacy of Dunces 

1980 Booker prize William Golding Rites of Passage 

1980 Costa prize David Lodge How Far Can You Go 

1980 NBA prize John Irving The World According to Garp 

1980 NBA prize William Styron Sophie's Choice 

1980 Pulitzer prize  Norman Mailer The Executioner's Song 

1979 Booker prize Penelope Fitzgerald Offshore 

1979 Costa prize Peter Dickinson Tulku 

1979 NBA prize Tim O'Brien Going After Cacciato 

1979 Pulitzer prize John Cheever The Stories of John Cheever 

1978 Booker prize Iris Murdoch The Sea, the Sea 

1978 Costa prize Paul Theroux Picture Palace 

1978 NBA prize Mary Lee Settle Blood Tie 

1978 Pulitzer prize James Alan McPherson Elbow Room 

1977 Booker prize Paul Scott Staying On 

1977 Costa prize Beryl Bainbridge Injury Time 

1977 NBA prize Wallace Stegner The Spectator Bird 

1976 Booker prize David Storey Saville 

1976 Costa prize William Trevor The Children of Dynmouth 

1976 NBA prize William Gaddis J R 

1976 Pulitzer prize  Saul Bellow Humboldt's Gift 

1975 Booker prize Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Heat and Dust 

1975 Costa prize William McIlvanney Doherty

1975 NBA prize Robert Stone Dog Soldiers 

1975 NBA prize Thomas Williams The Hair of Harold Roux

 1975 Pulitzer prize Michael Shaara The Killer Angels 

1974 Booker prize Nadine Gordimer The Conservationist 

1974 Booker prize Stanley Middleton Holiday 

1974 Costa prize Iris Murdoch The Sacred and Profane Love Machine 

1974 NBA prize Isaac Bashevis Singer A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories 

1974 NBA prize Thomas Pynchon Gravity's Rainbow 

1973 Booker prize J. G. Farrell The Siege of Krishnapur 

1973 Costa prize Shiva Naipaul The Chip-Chip Gatherers 

1973 NBA prize John Barth Chimera 

1973 NBA prize John Edward Williams Augustus 

1973 Pulitzer prize  Eudora Welty The Optimist's Daughter 

1972 Booker prize John Berger G. 

1972 Costa prize Susan Hill The Bird of Night 

1972 NBA prize Flannery O'Connor The Complete Stories 

1972 Pulitzer prize  Wallace Stegner Angle of Repose 

1971 Booker prize V. S. Naipaul In a Free State 

1971 Costa prize Gerda Charles The Destiny Waltz 

1971 NBA prize Saul Bellow Mr. Sammler's Planet 

1970 Booker prize Bernice Rubens The Elected Member 

1970 Booker prize J. G. Farrell Troubles 

1970 NBA prize Joyce Carol Oates them 

1970 Pulitzer prize Jean Stafford The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford 

1969 Booker prize P. H. Newby Something to Answer For 

1969 NBA prize Jerzy Kosinski Steps 

1969 Pulitzer prize N. Scott Momaday House Made of Dawn 

1968 NBA prize Thornton Wilder The Eighth Day 

1968 Pulitzer prize William Styron The Confessions of Nat Turner 

1967 NBA prize Bernard Malamud The Fixer 

1967 Pulitzer prize Bernard Malamud The Fixer 

1966 NBA prize Katherine Anne Porter  The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter 

1966 Pulitzer prize  Katherine Anne Porter The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter 

1965 NBA prize Saul Bellow Herzog 

1965 Pulitzer prize  Shirley Ann Grau The Keepers of the House 

1964 NBA prize John Updike The Centaur 

1963 NBA prize J. F. Powers Morte d'Urban 

1963 Pulitzer prize William Faulkner The Reivers 

1962 NBA prize Walker Percy The Moviegoer 

1962 Pulitzer prize Edwin O'Connor The Edge of Sadness 

1961 NBA prize Conrad Richter The Waters of Kronos 

1961 Pulitzer prize Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird 

1960 NBA prize Philip Roth Goodbye, Columbus 

1960 Pulitzer prize Allen Drury Advise and Consent 

1959 NBA prize Bernard Malamud The Magic Barrel 

1959 Pulitzer prize Robert Lewis Taylor The Travels of Jaimie McPheeter 

1958 NBA prize John Cheever The Wapshot Chronicle 

1958 Pulitzer prize James Agee A Death in the Family 

1957 NBA prize Wright Morris The Field of Vision 

1956 NBA prize John O'Hara Ten North Frederick 

1956 Pulitzer prize  MacKinlay Kantor Andersonville 

1955 NBA prize William Faulkner A Fable 

1955 Pulitzer prize William Faulkner A Fable 

1954 NBA prize Saul Bellow The Adventures of Augie March 

1953 NBA prize Ralph Ellison Invisible Man 

1953 Pulitzer prize Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea 

1952 NBA prize James Jones From Here to Eternity 

1952 Pulitzer prize Herman Wouk The Caine Mutiny 

1951 NBA prize William Faulkner The Collected Stories of William Faulkner 

1951 Pulitzer prize Conrad Richter The Town 

1950 NBA prize Nelson Algren The Man with the Golden Arm 

1950 Pulitzer prize A. B. Guthrie, Jr. The Way West 

1949 Pulitzer prize  James Gould Cozzens Guard of Honor 

1948 Pulitzer prize James A. Michener Tales of the South Pacific 

1947 Pulitzer prize Robert Penn Warren All the King's Men 

1945 Pulitzer prize John Hersey A Bell for Adano 

1944 Pulitzer prize Martin Flavin Journey in the Dark 

1943 Pulitzer prize Upton Sinclair Dragon's Teeth 

1942 Pulitzer prize Ellen Glasgow In This Our Life 

1940 Pulitzer prize  John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath 

1939 Pulitzer prize Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings The Yearling 

1938 Pulitzer prize John Phillips Marquand The Late George Apley 

1937 Pulitzer prize Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind 

1936 Pulitzer prize Harold L. Davis Honey in the Horn 

1935 Pulitzer prize  Josephine Winslow Johnson Now in November 

1934 Pulitzer prize  Caroline Miller Lamb in His Bosom 

1933 Pulitzer prize Thomas Sigismund Stribling The Store 

1932 Pulitzer prize Pearl S. Buck The Good Earth 

1931 Pulitzer prize Margaret Ayer Barnes Years of Grace 

1930 Pulitzer prize  Oliver La Farge Laughing Boy 

1929 Pulitzer prize  Julia Peterkin Scarlet Sister Mary 

1928 Pulitzer prize Thornton Wilder The Bridge of San Luis Rey 

1927 Pulitzer prize Louis Bromfield Early Autumn 

1926 Pulitzer prize  Sinclair Lewis Arrowsmith 

1925 Pulitzer prize Edna Ferber So Big 

1924 Pulitzer prize Margaret Wilson The Able McLaughlins 

1923 Pulitzer prize  Willa Cather One of Ours 

1922 Pulitzer prize Booth Tarkington Alice Adams 

1921 Pulitzer prize Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence 

1919 Pulitzer prize Booth Tarkington The Magnificent Ambersons 

1918 Pulitzer prize Ernest Poole His Family 

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