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The Booker Prize 1987

The Booker Prize 1987

The Winner

Moon Tiger

By Penelope Lively

Published by Deutsch

Claudia Hampton, a beautiful, famous writer, lies dying in hospital. But, as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: 'a history of the world ... and in the process, my own'. Gradually she re-creates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up those she has known. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool, conventional daughter; and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost in wartime Egypt.


The Shortlist

The 1987 Judges

P.D. James (Chair)  

Lady Selina Hastings

Allan Massie

Trevor McDonald

John B Thompson