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The Booker Prize 1974

The Booker Prize 1974

The Winner

The Conservationist

By Nadine Gordimer

Published by Cape

Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.


By Stanley Middleton

Published by Hutchinson

To escape the death of his son and the death-throes of his marriage, Edwin Fisher retreats - to a place where he had once known the unqualified happiness of childhood.

But as painful memories rise unbidden and uncontrolled, Edwin must confront each in turn and realise that without a past there can be no future.

The Shortlist

The 1974 Judges

Ion Trewin (Chair)

A.S. Byatt

Elizabeth Jane Howard