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I see they're doing this again. Clearly a marketing exercise, but still a good excuse for an interesting debate. Sounds like Midnight's Children (which I'm ashamed to say I still haven't read) is the hot favourite to win it again (it won last time they did this). Life of Pi is definitely in with a shout, too - it seemed like such a popular choice at the time - and the public will be voting for this (from a shortlist of six chosen by a Booker judging panel). My favourite Booker winner by miles - is JM Coetzee's Disgrace. But I reckon it's waaaaaaay too downbeat to win the public vote.

Any thoughts/tips from you lot?

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I've just looked up the list of winners (from which I presume the shortlist will be drawn). Is it really true that the only time Ian McEwan won it was for Amsterdam, which is by some distance his worst book?

Hard to see past Rushdie for me, though I'd perhaps vote for Arundhati Roy.

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Can't see past Rushdie as a 'great' who emerged from the Bookers, but my fave winner is Barry Unsworth's 'Sacred Hunger'
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I think Disgrace is a masterpiece too. The Sea, the Sea might be my actual favourite, though.

Otherwise I'm afraid I like the populist stuff - Possession, the English Patient, the Blind Assassin.

I couldn't get on with The God of Small things - should I give it another go?

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For me it's Disgrace - one of my favourite ever books, and partially set in the town in which I was born and grew up - just ahead of The Blind Assassin. I've only read four or five of the other winners though, so it's hardly that meaningful...
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I forgot The Ghost Road, that's fantastic too, well, the whole trilogy is amazing.
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I couldn't get on with The God of Small things - should I give it another go?

I loved it, but that obviously doesn't mean you will, so I'm dead reluctant to say yes in answer to that question.

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Where can I find this list of booker winners then? I'd like to know how many I've actually read (if any)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_winners_and_shortlisted_authors_of_the_Booker_Prize_for_Fiction
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1. The Line Of Beauty
2. The Old Devils
3. The Remains Of The Day
4. Rites Of Passage
5. Last Orders

I reckon the punters will vote for McEwan because "Atonement" didn't win any Oscars.

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I think the only Booker winner I've ever read was Oscar and Lucinda.

It wasn't bad.

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It's OK. I think it's the main reason I went to Parramatta when I was in Sydney last year. I only really remember the glass castle thing.
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Following on from something in the latest Private Eye, what would be interesting would be a competition for the best books that didn't win the Booker Prize (but were eligible to do so).
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Ok so even including Booker nominee's I've only read one on that list, Empire of the Sun, and I only finished that last week.
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I remember we voted against that when we were choosing a book for GCSE english. was it good?
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