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Longlisted author Q&A: What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

Longlisted author Q&A: What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

Tash Aw: V.S. Naipaul's In a Free State.

NoViolet Bulawayo: I haven't read every Man Booker-winning novel, and my favourite things always change based on my mood. For now it's Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient

Eleanor Catton: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Jim Crace: Nadine Gordimer’s The Conservationist is my all-time favourite, but I’ve also valued winners by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, J.M. Coetzee, John Berger, Keri Hulme, Paul Scott, Margaret Atwood … no, to tell the truth, I’ve valued all of them, except one.

Eve Harris: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, followed closely by The Elected Member by the late Bernice Rubens.

Richard House: Just one? . . . Coetzee’s Disgrace.

Jumpha Lahiri: It’s impossible to choose just one; the list is too extraordinary. But among my favourites are Disgrace, Midnight’s Children, and The Sea.

Alison MacLeod: Rushdie's Midnight’s Children. I love it for its exuberance, the dazzle of its imaginative daring and its political bite. It’s a big-spirited book.

Colum McCann: I could choose so many, but Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang is the one that I immediately thought about. And not just because he’s a friend and I teach alongside him in New York, but because the novel is one of those perfect reading experiences: it lands you squarely and truly in another history. It’s a book that’s altogether raw and beautiful and relevant to today.

Charlotte Mendelson: Impossible to choose between John Banville's The Sea, A.S. Byatt's Possession and Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

Ruth Ozeki: Favourites are impossible because they keep changing, but as of a few moments ago, it’s A.S. Byatt's Possession, which, in response to this question, I took from my bookshelf and started re-reading and now cannot put down.

Donal Ryan: It’s a tie between D.B.C. Pierre's Vernon God Little and Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

Colm Tóibín: Nadine Gordimer’s The Conservationist.