In 2007 we undertook our first Bookerthon, with the naive idea we could channel the judges’ thoughts and pick a winning book when we saw one.

While we did not successfully hedge our bets that year, we appreciated the fact we were were reading six of the year’s best books in one hit. And so, a new literary passion was born, as was a new arm of bookclub.

Here are the shortlisters for each year, along with each participant’s pick of winner – occasionally we con someone else into reading the 70+ pages per day with us!


Booker 2019

Joint winners: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo & The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Suzy & Rachel’s pick to win: Ducks, Newburyport – Lucy Ellmann


Booker 2018


Winner: Milkman – Anna Burns
Suzy’s pick to win: The Overstory – Richard Powers
Rachel’s pick to win: The Long Take – Robin Robertson


Booker 2017


Winner: Lincoln In The Bardo – George Saunders
Rachel & Suzy’s pick to win: Lincoln In The Bardo – George Saunders


Booker 2016:

 do-not-say-we-have-nothing eileen all-that-man-is  his-bloody-project

Winner: The Sellout – Paul Beatty
Rachel & Suzy’s pick to win: Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien


Booker 2015:

Marlon James-A Brief History of Seven Killings 51ff03c099d70dff0a4579640ed9909a ALittleLife Sunjeev Sahota-The Year Of The Runaways Satin+Island spool

Winner: A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
Rachel & Suzy’s pick to win: The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma

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Booker 2014:

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Winner: The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan
Rachel’s pick: The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan
Suzy’s pick: How To Be Both – Ali Smith

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Booker 2013:

The Luminaries Harvest testament of mary lowland We need new names a tale for the time being

Winner: The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
Suzy & Rachel’s pick: The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

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Booker 2012:

bring-up-the-bodies garden-of-evening-mists Lighthouse_(2012_novel) Narcopolis Umbrella Swimming Home PB SHORTLISTED

Winner: Bring Up The Bodies – Hilary Mantel
Suzy’s pick: The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
Rachel’s pick: The Lighthouse – Alison Moore

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Booker 2011:

sense of an ending sistersbrotherscover SNOWDROPS-by-Andrew-Miller half blood blues Pigeon_English_(Kelman_novel) jamrachs-menagerie

Winner: The Sense of An Ending – Julian Barnes
Rachel’s pick: The Sense Of An Ending – Julian Barnes
Suzy’s pick: The Sisters Brothers – Patrick de Witt

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Booker 2010:

finkler question in a strange room parrot & olivier The-Long-Song ROOM-II C

Winner: The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson
Rachel’s pick: In A Strange Room – Damon Galgut
Suzy’s pick: Parrot & Olivier in America – Peter Carey

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Booker 2009:

Wolf_Hall_cover quickening maze little stranger summertime Glass Room The Childrens Book

Winner: Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
Suzy’s pick: The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds
Jo’s pick: The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
Rachel’s pick: Summertime – J M Coetzee

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Booker 2008:

white tiger sea of poppies northern clemency clothes on their backs fraction of the whole secret scriptures

Winner: The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
Rachel’s pick: The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
Suzy’s pick: Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

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Booker 2007:

The Gathering Mister_Pip_(Lloyd_Jones_novel) Animal's People on-chesil-beach1 darkmans Reluctant_Fundamentalist

Winner: The Gathering – Anne Enright
Suzy’s pick: Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones
Rachel’s pick: Animal’s People – Indra Sinha

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In the name of true nerdiness, Suzy and Rachel have also completed back-Bookers, where obviously pre-empting the winner is impossible, but we do still meet to discuss the lineup and proclaim our favourites. Here’s the info:


2006 BookerBack Booker 2006:

The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai            (winner) (Suzy’s favourite)
In The Country of Men – Hisham Matar        (Rachel’s favourite)
The Secret River – Kate Grenville
Carry Me Down – M J Hyland
Mother’s Milk – Edward St Aubyn
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters

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2005Back Booker 2005

The Sea – John Banville                                   (winner)
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro                (Rachel & Suzy’s favourite)
The Accidental – Ali Smith
A Long, Long Way – Sebastian Barry
On Beauty – Zadie Smith
Arthur & George – Julian Barnes

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Back Booker 2004

The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst
(winner) (Rachel & Suzy’s favourite)
Bitter Fruit – Achmat Dangor
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
I’ll Go To Bed At Noon – Gerard Woodward
The Electric Michelangelo – Sarah Hall
The Master – Colm Toibin 


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2003 Booker

Back Booker 2003

Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre                     (winner)
Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood                  (Suzy & Rachel’s favourite)
Brick Lane – Monica Ali
Astonishing Splashes of Colour – Clare Morrall
The Good Doctor – Damon Galgut
Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller

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2002 BookerBack Booker 2002

Life of Pi – Yann Matel               (winner) (Rachel & Suzy’s favourite)
Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
Dirt Music – Tim Winton
Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
Unless – Carol Shields
The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor

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Back Booker 20012001

True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey   (winner)
Atonement – Ian McEwan             (Rachel & Suzy’s favourite)
Number9dream – David Mitchell
Oxygen – Andrew Miller
Hotel World – Ali Smith
The Dark Room – Rachel Seiffert

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