ONE FOR THE BOOKER
Notable winners this decade
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (2011)
Julian Barnes JONATHAN CAPE `399; 160 pages
This slim novel packed more surprises than the largest of tomes. Ostensibly a book about the capriciousness of memory, the book captures brilliantly the hunger of late adolescence.
NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH (2014)
Richard Flanagan `399; 464 pages
By juxtaposing the despair of a Japanese PoW camp with the forbidden delights of an extra-marital affair, the book was a marvellous meditation on death and a masterful comment on love.
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO (2017)
George Saunders `599; 368 pages
After Paul Beatty, Saunders was the second consecutive American to have won the Booker. Though there were shouts of a takeover, no one could dismiss the brilliance of this novel.