Salman Rushdie has been nominated for the Booker Prize seven times, winning once in 1981 for his novel ’Midnight’s Children’.

Borrn in Bombay, India, he was knighted for services to literature in 2007. He is the author of 14 novels - Grimus, Midnight’s Children (which won the 1981 Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, The Golden House and Quichotte (shortlisted for the 2019 Booker). He has also written one collection of short stories and four works of non-fiction. Rushdie was shortlisted, for his entire body of work, for the Man Booker International Prize 2007.


Between 2005 - 2015, the Man Booker International Prize recognised one writer for their achievement in fiction.

Worth £60,000, the prize was awarded every two years to a living author who had published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.

The winner was chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel and there were no submissions from publishers.

The Man Booker International Prize was different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction in that it highlighted one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. In focusing on overall literary excellence, the judges considered a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel. 

Other nominated books

The Satanic Verses
The Moor's Last Sigh
Shalimar the Clown
The Enchantress of Florence