Readers' guides for reading groups

The Man Booker Prizes offer libraries 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 Man Booker Prize 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.

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2014 Readers' guides

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

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

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)

2011 Toolkit

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

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

2010 Toolkit

Reading Group Toolkit

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

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

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