A few weeks ago I announced here that Mookse Madness 2019, which will start in March, will center on Booker Darlings, or, eight male and eight female authors whose books have shown up on the most Man Booker Prize shortlists over the years. I announced the authors, then, and today I’m happy to present the list of books by each author!

As a reminder, each author has four books in the tournament, for a total of 64 books. In the first two rounds, the author’s books will compete against each other until we have one book per author still standing. The remaining sixteen books will fight in death matches until one emerges as the winner of Mookse Madness 2019.

All of the discussion (which is going on now) and the voting (which will begin in March) happen over at the Goodreads group here, so feel free to go over and join in the conversation and receive details as they emerge.

Now, here is the list:

Iris Murdoch
The Bell (1958)
The Unicorn (1963)
The Black Prince (1973)
The Sea, the Sea (1978)

Beryl Bainbridge
The Bottle Factory Outing (1974)
An Awfully Big Adventure (1989)
Every Man for Himself (1996)
Master Georgie (1998)

Margaret Atwood
Surfacing (1972)
The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
The Robber Bride (1993)
The Blind Assassin (2000)

Penelope Fitzgerald
The Bookshop (1978)
The Beginning of Spring (1988)
The Gate of Angels (1990)
The Blue Flower (1995)

Ali Smith
Hotel World (2001)
The Accidental (2005)
How to be both (2014)
Autumn (2016)

Muriel Spark
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)
The Abbess of Crewe (1974)
Loitering with Intent (1981)
A Far Cry from Kensington (1988)

Penelope Lively
The Road to Lichfield (1977)
According to Mark (1984)
Moon Tiger (1987)
The Photograph (2003)

Doris Lessing
The Grass Is Singing (1950)
The Golden Notebook (1962)
The Good Terrorist (1985)
The Fifth Child (1988)

Ian McEwan
The Cement Garden (1978)
The Child in Time (1987)
Atonement (2001)
The Children’s Act (2014)

William Trevor
The Love Department (1966)
The Children of Dynmouth (1976)
Fools of Fortune (1983)
Felicia’s Journey (1994)

Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children (1981)
Shame (1983)
The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995)
Shalimar the Clown (2005)

Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day (1989)
The Unconsoled (1995)
Never Let Me Go (2005)
The Buried Giant (2015)

Peter Carey
Illywhacker (1985)
Oscar and Lucinda (1988)
True History of the Kelly Gang (2000)
Parrot and Olivier in America (2010)

Thomas Kenneally
A Dutiful Daughter (1971)
Gossip from the Forrest (1975)
Schindler’s Ark (1982)
The Widow and Her Hero (2007)

Julian Barnes
Flaubert’s Parrot (1984)
A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (1989)
Arthur and George (2005)
The Sense of an Ending (2011)

Brian Moore
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1955)
The Doctor’s Wife (1976)
Black Robe (1985)
Lies of Silence (1990)

To help you keep track of what you’ve read, I’ve created a handy checklist. You can access it here. You won’t be able to edit the main document, but you can save it to your own Google drive (or however you want to do it) and then you can modify at will.

Happy reading!

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By |2018-10-08T16:30:32+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: News|8 Comments


  1. Lee Monks October 8, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Final four of The Unconsoled, Felicia’s Journey, How to be Both and The Sea, The Sea slugging it out…?

  2. Trevor Berrett October 8, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    I haven’t put the brackets together to know if that is a possible final four, but it is an appealing one!

    I’m still trying to figure out just how to put the brackets together, so if anyone has any suggestions . . .

  3. Trevor Berrett October 8, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Also, do you think that, as great as it is, The Unconsoled can beat Remains of the Day? Right now I don’t know how I’d vote in that match, but I think most would vote for Remains of the Day. I do think those two will be fighting it out either in the first or second round, though!

  4. Lee Monks October 8, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Yeah, I’m sure you’re right. And realistically I can see Atwood/Smith V Remains/Midnight’s in the semis if the draw falls that way…

  5. David October 8, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    For me, that’s just far too much extra reading to even be able to think about participating. Best of luck with the event. Last year’s was a lot of fun.

  6. BookerTalk October 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Hi Trevor, you say voting opens in March – what are the dates for the subsequent rounds?

  7. Trevor Berrett October 9, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I don’t have the dates set quite yet, but they will be similar to years past, i.e., Round 1 will take a week or so, then Round 2 will follow up on that still in early March, and so on. There are no long delays between rounds.

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