Prize Winning Book Suggestions

I was looking through the books I plan to read for the Book awards reading challenge, and noticed that almost all of them have won different prizes.


Technically I’ve completed this challenge already, as I have read multiple Bookers, Orange and Pulitzer books, but I thought it would be great if every book had won a different prize. This would be more of a challenge for me, and I like the thought of completing book award BINGO!


Can anyone recommend a book to complete my set? It needs to have won one of the eligible awards on the challenge site (see link above), and be amazing!


  1. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood (Winner of Booker Prize, 2000) completed 29th October 2008
  2. Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson (Winner of IMPAC Dublin Prize, 2007) completed 20th November 2008
  3. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Micheal Chabon (Winner of Pulitzer Prize, 2001) completed 27th November 2008
  4. The Fingersmith – Sarah Waters (Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger for Historical Crime Fiction) completed 14th December 2008
  5. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver  (Winner of Orange Prize, 2005) completed 14th January 2009
  6. Blindness – Jose Saramago (Nobel Prize, 1998) completed 5th March 2009
  7. The Secret River – Kate Grenville (Winner of Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, 2006) 
  8. Theory of War – John Brady (Winner of Costa/Whitbread Award, 1993) 
  9. Peace Like a River – Leif Enger (Alex Award, 2002) 


I look forward to hearing all your suggestions!

11 replies on “Prize Winning Book Suggestions”

How about reading a Newberry? The kids and I are reading “The Giver” by Lois Lowry right now, and not only are the kids mesmerized, so am I. It is totally bizarre, but so gripping, you won’t want to put it down. It is fairly short too!

I couldnt see where the list of books awards that did and didnt count were… soI will just say The Secret Scripture (which I havent read but have heard is amazing) by Sebastian Barry which won the Costa or Stuart:A Life Backwards that won The Guardian first book award and is amazing, well I thought so.

Oh I really enjoyed Peace Like a River, which I consider to re-read. I would suggest a book that is short-listed for Booker but didn’t win, The Clothes on their Backs by Linda Grant.

Matthew – The Clothes on their Backs is sitting near the top of my TBR, so I’m pleased that you recommend it! I need prize winning books for this challenge though…I’m still looking for suggestions!

I would highly recommend Jhumpa Lahiri’s collection of short stories – Unaccustomed Earth – one of my top reads of 2008. I’m not sure exactly what award it won but I am 99.9% sure that it has won something!

Hi Karen – I already have that in my TBR mountain, but as far as I can tell it hasn’t won any awards yet – although I’d love someone to correct me!

jackie, try The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. I know this book has stirred up a buzz and sports some interesting reviews across the consumer’s spectrum. It’s very sarcastic and humorous!

Hi Matthew – thanks for coming back with another suggestion! Unfortunately I’ve already read White Tiger, and I wasn’t a massive fan of it. It was OK, but I don’t think it deserved the Booker.

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