The Lost Man Booker Prize was a one-off prize to honour the books that missed out on the opportunity to win the Booker Prize in 1970.

In 1971, just two years after it began, the Booker Prize ceased to be awarded retrospectively and became a prize for the best novel of the year of publication. At the same time the award moved from April to November, resulting in a wealth of fiction published for much of 1970 not being considered for the prize. Some 40 years on, a panel of three judges - all of whom were born in or around 197O - was appointed to select a shortlist of six novels from that year.

They were poet and novelist Tobias Hill, television newsreader, Katie Derham and the journalist and critic, Rachel Cooke. The winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize was J.G. Farrell with Troubles. His family accepted a designer-bound copy of the novel on his behalf.

J.G. Farrell

The Winner


The Shortlist

Fire From Heaven
The Birds on the Trees
The Bay of Noon
The Driver's Seat
The Vivisector

The Longlist

The Hand Reared Boy by Brian Aldiss; A Little Of What You Fancy? by HE Bates; A Place in England by Melvyn Bragg; Down All the Days by Christy Brown; Bomber by Len Deighton; The Circle by Elaine FeinsteinA Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill; I’m the King of the Castle by Susan Hill; A Domestic Animal by Francis King; The Fire Dwellers by Margaret Laurence; Out of the Shelter by David Lodge; A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch; Fireflies by Shiva Naipaul; Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian; Head to Toe by Joe Orton and A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell.