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The 2011 Man Booker International Prize Finalists Announced

The 2011 Man Booker International Prize Finalists Announced

Finalists’ List Announced

- Chinese writers feature in the list for the first time

- A more wide-ranging list, which includes best-selling international thriller writer John le Carré and crossover author Philip Pullman

Thirteen writers have made it on to the judges' list of finalists under serious consideration for the fourth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.

The authors come from eight countries, five are published in translation and there are four women on the list. One writer has previously won the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction and two have been shortlisted. Famously, another, John le Carré, asked that his books should not be submitted for the annual prize to give less established authors the opportunity to win.

The Finalists' List is announced by the chair of judges, Rick Gekoski, at a press conference held at the University of Sydney, today Wednesday 30 March 2011 at 10.00 (EST).

The thirteen authors on the list are as follows:

Juan Goytisolo (Spain)

James Kelman (UK)

John le Carré (UK)

Amin Maalouf (Lebanon)

David Malouf (Australia)

Dacia Maraini (Italy)

Rohinton Mistry (India/Canada)

Philip Pullman (UK)

Marilynne Robinson (USA)

Philip Roth (USA)

Su Tong (China)

Anne Tyler (USA)

Wang Anyi (China)

The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2011 consists of writer, academic and rare-book dealer Dr. Rick Gekoski (Chair), publisher, writer and critic Carmen Callil, and award-winning novelist Justin Cartwright.

Announcing the list, Rick Gekoski comments:

‘The 2011 List of Finalists honours thirteen great writers from around the world. It is, we think, diverse, fresh and thought-provoking, and serves to remind us anew of the importance of fiction in defining both ourselves and the world in which we live. Each of these writers is a delight, and any of them would make a worthy winner.'

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. 

The winner is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel; there are no submissions from publishers.  Alice Munro won in 2009, Chinua Achebe in 2007 and Ismail Kadaré the inaugural prize in 2005.  In addition, there is a separate award for translation and, if applicable, the winner may choose a translator of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15,000.

The Man Booker International Prize winner will be announced at the Sydney Writers' Festival on 18 May and the winner will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in London on 28 June 2011.

The prize is sponsored by Man Group plc, which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.  The Man Booker International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize in that it highlights one writer's continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.  Both prizes strive to recognise and reward the finest modern literature.

The Judges

Rick Gekoski (Chair)

Dr Rick Gekoski is one of the world's leading bookmen: a writer, rare-book dealer, broadcaster and academic. An American who came to England in 1966, and now a dual UK/US citizen, he has established two private presses, The Sixth Chamber Press and The Bridgewater Press, which issue finely printed editions of work by leading writers, novelists and poets. As a broadcaster he has written and delivered three series of ‘Rare Books, Rare People' for BBC Radio 4, which he followed with two series of ‘Lost, Stolen, or Shredded: The History of Some Missing Works of Art'. Dr Gekoski teaches creative non-fiction for the Arvon Foundation, and sits on its Development Board.  He was a judge of the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2005.

Carmen Callil

Carmen Callil is a publisher, writer and critic. She was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938. In 1972 Callil founded the publishing company, Virago, to publish books which celebrated women and women's lives, literature and history. In 1982 she was appointed managing director of Chatto & Windus and The Hogarth Press where she remained until 1994, continuing, also, as chairman of Virago Press until 1995. In 1994 she was editor-at-large for Random House worldwide. From 1985-1991 she was on the board of Channel 4 Television. She served as a member of the management committee of the Booker Prize, 1979-1984; and was Chairman of the Judges, Booker prize for Fiction, in 1996. She is the author of a book about Vichy France: Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family & Fatherland, and, with Colm Toibin of The Modern Library: The Best 200 Novels in English since 1950.

Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright was born in 1945 in South Africa. He worked in advertising as a copywriter and progressed to making documentary films on a number of subjects, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and lions hunting at night in Africa. He has written 12 novels, among them In Every Face I Meet, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1995, and Leading the Cheers, which won the Whitbread Novel Award in 1998. Five of his novels have been shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award.  The Promise of Happiness won the Hawthornden Prize in 2005 and The Sunday Times of South Africa's Literary Prize. The Song Before It Is Sung, published in 2007 won the inaugural Jewish Cultural Award.  His latest novel, Other People's Money was published in March 2011. Justin Cartwright is a critic and a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4's Front Row and other cultural programmes.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


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Notes to Editors

The Man Booker International Prize is unique in the world of literature in that it can be won by an author of any nationality, providing that his or her work is widely available in the English language.  It is awarded every second year.  An author can only win the award once.


If applicable and in accordance with the rules of the separate prize for translation, the winner can choose a translator or translators of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15,000.


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The Judges' List of Finalists for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize

Please note that the following information is derived from secondary sources and should be checked for accuracy.

 Wang Anyi

Wang Anyi was born in Nanjing in 1954 but grew up in Shanghai. She is from the generation of writers whose formal education was disrupted by the Cultural Revolution. At the age of sixteen, she was sent to the Anhui countryside, an area near the Huai River, to learn from the peasants.  After the Cultural Revolution she returned to Shanghai in 1978 to work for the magazine Childhood and in 1980 she became a member of the Chinese Association of Writers.


She is among the most widely read and anthologized authors of the post-Mao era, a breaker of taboos and a speaker for China's younger generation.  Among Wang's acclaimed Shanghai novels is the nostalgic Changhen Ge (The Song of Everlasting Sorrow)(1996). Voted the most influential work of the 1990s in China, it won the fifth Mao Dun Literature Award in 2000, one China's most prestigious literary prizes. It has been adapted for television, stage and screen. The film, directed by Stanley Kwan, was produced by Jackie Chan. As well as fiction Wang has published essays, journalism, travel writings, literary criticism, and memoirs. In 2001 Wang was elected chairperson of the Shanghai Writers' Association.


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Liushi 1982 - Published in English as Lapse of Time

Xiao Baozhuang 1985 - published in English as Baotown

Huangshan zhi lian 1986 - published in English as Love on a Barren Mountain

Xiaocheng zhi lian 1986 - published in English as  Love in a Small Town

Jinxiugu zhi lian 1987 - published in English as Brocade Valley

Changhen ge 1996 - published in English as The Song of Everlasting Sorrow

Ti du 2002

Wang Anyi shuo - Wang Anyi Talks 2003

Tao Zhi Yao Yao 2004


Wang Anyi lives in Shanghai and is a professor of Chinese literature at Fudan University.

Publisher contact:  Lois Edwards, Columbia University Press +44 (0) 1243 842 165


Juan Goytisolo

An award winning Spanish poet, essayist, and novelist,  Juan Goytisolo was born in January 1931 in Barcelona into an aristocratic family affected by the Spanish Civil War. His father was imprisoned by the Republican government and his mother was killed in the first Francoist air raid in 1938.  He attended the University of Barcelona and the University of Madrid, publishing his first novel, The Young Assassins, in 1954. His deep opposition to General Franco led him into exile in Paris in 1956 and his works were banned in Spain until after Franco's death.


While living in Paris he worked as a reader for the publisher Gallimard where he met and married the novelist and screenwriter Monique Lange, who died in 1996.  He has reported from Cuba, Bosnia, Algeria and Chechnya and has worked as a visiting professor at various universities in the United States.


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Juegos de manos 1954

Duelo en el Paraíso 1955

El circo 1957

Fiestas 1958

La resaca 1958

Señas de identidad 1966

Reivindicación del conde don Julián 1970

Juan sin Tierra 1975

Las virtudes del pájaro solitario 1988

La saga de los Marx 1993 - published in English as The Marx Family Saga

El sitio de los sitios 1995 - published in English as State of Siege

Las semanas del jardín 1997 - published in English as The Garden of Secrets

Carajicomedia 2000 - published in English as A Cock-Eyed Comedy


Juan Goytislo lives in Marrakech.

Publisher contact: Rebecca Gray, Serpent's Tail, Profile

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7841 6300


James Kelman


James Kelman was born in Glasgow in June 1946. He left school at fifteen and by the age of twenty-one had decided he wanted to write stories. His first collection was published in the 1970s and he became involved in Philip Hobsbaum's creative writing group along with Tom Leonard, Alasdair Gray and Liz Lochhead.

Kelman has written for televison, radio and the stage. He taught at the University of Texas and also at Goldsmiths College, London, and the University of Glasgow.

Kelman was awarded The Cheltenham Prize in 1987 for Greyhound for Breakfast; A Disaffection won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 1989 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction the same year.  How late it was, how late, won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1994 and the Writers' Guild Award. The Good Times won the Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award 1998 and the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year 1998.  You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2004 and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award in 2005. Kieron Smith, boy, 2008, won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Aye Write! Bank of Scotland prize for Scottish Fiction and Book of the Year 2009 in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards. He was previously shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009.

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An Old Pub Near the Angel 1973

Short Tales from the Nightshift 1978

The Busconductor Hines 1984

A Chancer 1985

Lean Tales 1985

Greyhound for Breakfast 1987

A Disaffection 1989

Hardie and Baird, and other plays 1991

The Burn 1991

How late it was, how late 1994

Busted Scotch 1997

The Good Times 1998

Translated Accounts 2001

You Have To Be Careful in the Land of the Free 2004

Kieron Smith, boy 2008

Short Stories 2008


James Kelman lives in Glasgow.


Publisher: Anna Ridley, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin (UK) Tel: +44 (0) 20 7010 3000



John le Carré


John le Carré is the nom de plume of David John Moore Cornwell. Born in 1931 in Poole, Dorset, le Carré was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern languages.


He taught at Eton from 1956 to 1958 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg.


John le Carré received The Crime Writers' Association Dagger of Daggers Awards for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in 2005 and he was awarded the British Book Awards TV and Film Book of the Year 2006 for The Constant Gardener.


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Call for the Dead 1961

A Murder of Quality 1962

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 1963

A Small Town in Germany 1968

The Naïve and Sentimental Lover 1971

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 1974

The Honourable Schoolboy 1977

Smiley's People 1979

The Little Drummer Girl 1983

A Perfect Spy 1986

The Russia House 1989

The Secret Pilgrim 1990

The Night Manager 1993

Our Game 1995

The Tailor of Panama 1996

The Constant Gardener 2001

A Most Wanted Man 2008

Our Kind of Traitor 2010


John le Carré lives in the UK.

Publishers details: Amelia Fairney, Viking, Penguin UK Tel: +44 (0) 20 7010 3000



Amin Maalouf


Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1949 and emigrated to France after the start of the civil war. He writes in French, and his works have been translated into twenty languages.


He attended Jesuit schools in Beirut and after studying sociology and economics, Maalouf continued a long family tradition and became a journalist. He worked for the leading daily newspaper, An-Nahar, and travelled to India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Yemen and Algeria, often covering wars and other conflicts.  Following the start of the civil war he emigrated with his wife and three children to Paris.


Maalouf received the Prix Goncourt in 1993 for his novel The Rock of Tanios and won the Prince of Asturias Award for literature in 2010.


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Léon l'Africain 1986 - published in English as Leo Africanus

Samarcande 1988 - published in English as Samarkand

Les Jardins de Lumière  1991 - published in English as The Gardens of Light

Le Premier Siécle après Béatrice 1992 - published in English as The First Century After Beatrice

Le Rocher de Tanios 1993 - published in English as The Rock of Tanios

Les Identités meurtrières 1998 - published in English as On Identity

Le Périple de Baldassare 2000 - published in English as Balthasar's Odyssey


Amin Maalouf lives in Paris.

Publisher contact details:  Emma Bravo, Picador 44 (0) 20 7014 6000



David Malouf


David Malouf was born in Queensland, Australia, in March 1934 to a Lebanese-Christian father and English-Jewish mother.


He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1955 and lectured for a short period before moving to London, where he taught at Holland Park Comprehensive School and in Birkenhead. He returned to Australia in 1968 and lectured at the University of Sydney before becoming a full-time writer in 1978.


In 2008, Malouf won the Australian Publishers Association's Lloyd O'Neil Award for outstanding service to the Australian book industry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2008.


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Johnno 1975

An Imaginary Life 1978

Fly Away Peter 1982

Remembering Babylon 1993

The Conversations At Curlow Creek 1996

Untold Tales 1999

Ransom 2009


Short story collections

Antipodes 1983

The Complete Stories 2007


Poetry collections

Bicycle and Other Poems 1970

Neighbours in a Thicket: Poems 1974

Wild Lemons: Poems 1980

Typewriter Music 2007

Revolving Days 2008


David Malouf lives in Sydney.

Publisher contact: Lisa Gooding, Vintage: + 44 20 7840 8400


Dacia Maraini


Dacia Maraini was born in Italy in November 1936.  She has written numerous plays and novels and founded the theatre companies del Porcospino (Porcupine) and Teatro della Maddalena.


The daughter of well-known ethnologist Fosco Maraini, Dacia Maraini spent her early childhood in Japan while her father conducted his research. Due to her parents' anti-fascist views, the family was interred in a concentration camp during the final years of the Second World War. After their return from Japan, she and her family lived in Sicily, in the ancestral home of her mother, painter Topazia Alliata.  Dacia studied in Palermo, Florence and Rome.


Her first novel, La vacanza (The Vacation) was published in 1962, and the second, L'età del malessere (The Age of Discontent) won the International Formentor Prize in 1963 and has been translated into twelve languages. She has subsequently published eight more novels, several investigative studies, and collections of poetry and essays.


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La vacanza 1963 - published in English as The Holiday : a novel

L'età del malessere 1963 - published in English as The Age of Discontent

Memorie di una ladra 1973 - published in English as  Memoirs of a Female Thief

Donne mie 1974

Mangiami pure 1978 - published in English as Devour Me Too

Isolina 1985

La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa 1990 - published in English as  The Silent Duchess

Bagheria 1993 - published in English as Bagheria

Voci 1994

Buio 1999

Fare teatro (1966-2000) 2000

Colomba 2004

Train to Budapest 2010


Dacia Maraini lives in Italy.

Pusblishers contact details:  Daniela de Groote, Arcadia on  + 44 20 7436 9898



Rohinton Mistry


Rohinton Mistry was born in 1952 in Bombay, India.  He earned a BA  in Mathematics and Economics at the University of Bombay.  He emigrated to Canada with his wife in 1975, settling in Toronto where he studied at the University of Toronto and received a BA in English and Philosophy.


He is the author of three novels, each of which has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. Such a Long Journey (1991) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Governer General's Award; A Fine Balance (1996) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Giller Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was nominated for Oprah's Book Club Best Novel in 2001; Family Matters (2002) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2002, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and won the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Fiction and the Timothy Findley Award (Writers' Trust of Canada). 


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Tales from Firozsha Baag 1987

Such a Long Journey 1991

A Fine Balance 1996

Family Matters 2002

The Scream  2008


Rohinton Mistry lives in Ontario, Canada.

Publishers contact details: Rachel Alexander,  Faber & Faber Tel: +44 (0) 20 7465 0045



Philip Pullman


Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England in 1946 and was educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before returning to the UK to live in North Wales.  He read English at Exeter College, Oxford before becoming a teacher.


His best-known work is the trilogy His Dark Materials, beginning with Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the USA), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. He has also written two related volumes: Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North and is currently working on The Book of Dust.


The trilogy has won numerous prizes, including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Award. The Amber Spyglass won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the first time in the history of the prize that it was given to a children's book.  The Golden Compass was  adapted as an acclaimed stage play at the National Theatre, London and New Line Cinema released the film worldwide in 2007.


Pullman was the recipient of the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature in 2002 and in 2005 was honoured with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's and youth literature awarded by the Swedish Arts Council.  In June 2007, Philip Pullman was awarded the "Carnegie of Carnegies" for The Golden Compass, triumphing in a poll to choose book lovers' favourite winner from the Carnegie medal's 70-year history.



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The Haunted Storm 1972

Galatea 1976

Count Karlstein 1982

The Ruby in the Smoke 1985

Spring-Heeled Jack 1989

The Wonderful Story of Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp 1993

The Tin Princess 1994

Thunderbolt's Waxwork 1994

Clockwork, or, All Wound Up 1995

Northern Lights 1995

The Subtle Knife 1997

Mossycoat 1998

I was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers 1999

The Amber Spyglass 2000

Puss in Boots: The Adventures of That Most Enterprising Feline 2000Lyra's Oxford 2003

The Scarecrow and his Servant 2004

Once Upon a Time in the North 2008

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ 2010



Frankenstein 1990

Sherlock Holmes and the Limehouse Horror 1992



The Adventures of John Blake in The DFC 2008


Philip Pullman lives in Oxford.

Publishers contact details: Alexandra Richardson, Scholastic on + 44 20 7756 7756



Marilynne Robinson


The American novelist and essayist, Marilynne Robinson was born in November 1943 and grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho. She attended Pembroke College, the former women's college at Brown University, receiving her B.A., magna cum laude in 1966, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington in 1977.


Robinson has written three highly acclaimed novels: Housekeeping which won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for best first novel , the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Ambassador Book Award and the 2006 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion and was nominated for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction;  Gilead which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Home which won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009.


She has been writer-in-residence or visiting professor at many universities, including the University of Kent, Amherst, and the University of Massachusetts' MFA Programme for Poets & Writers. In 2009, she held a Dwight H. Terry Lectureship at Yale University and in April  2010 she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She currently teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


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Housekeeping 1980

Gilead 2004

Home 2008



Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution 1989

The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought 1998

Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self 2010


Marilynne Robinson lives in Iowa City, USA.

Publisher contact: Susan de Soissons, Virago +44 (20) 7911 8000.



Philip Roth


Philip Roth (born March 1933, New Jersey) is an American novelist.  He is probably best known for his 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus, his 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, and for his late-'90s trilogy comprising the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Pastoral (1997), I Married a Communist (1998), and The Human Stain (2000).


Philip Roth is arguably the most decorated American writer of his era. Two of his works of fiction have won the National Book Award; two others were finalists. Two have won National Book Critics Circle awards; and again another two were finalists. He has also won three PEN/Faulkner Awards (Operation Shylock, The Human Stain, and Everyman) and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1997 novel, American Pastoral. His most recent awards have been the PEN/Nabokov Award in May 2006 and the PEN/Faulkner award for the third time for his novel Everyman, in 2007 and the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.


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Goodbye, Columbus 1959

Letting Go 1962

Portnoy's Complaint 1969

The Breast 1972

The Great American Novel 1973

The Professor of Desire 1977

The Ghost Writer 1979

Zuckerman Unbound 1981

American Pastoral 1997

I Married a Communist 1998

The Human Stain 2000 

Indignation 2008

The Humbling 2009

Nemesis 2010


Philip Roth lives in Connecticut, USA

Publisher contact: Hannah Ross, Jonathan Cape + 44 20 7840 8400



Su Tong


Su Tong was born in 1963 in Suzhou and studied at Beijing University. His prolific and provocative oeuvre - six novels including Rice (2004) and My Life as Emperor (2006), a dozen novellas and more than 120 short stories - have earned him a place at the centre of China's literary scene. His best-known work outside China is the novella Wives and Concubines on which the screenplay for the film Raise the Red Lantern was based. Directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li, it gained both an Oscar (1991) and a Bafta (1993).


In 2009, he was awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize for his seventh novel, The Boat to Redemption.


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Raise the Red Lantern: Three Novellas 1993

Rice 1995

My Life as Emperor 2005

Mad Woman On the Bridge: And Other Stories 2008

The Boat to Redemption 2009


Su Tong lives in Beijing.

Contact details: Ben Willis, Transworld  + 44 20 7840 8400



Anne Tyler


Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in October 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from Duke University and Columbia University, New York and worked as a librarian and bibliographer before moving to Maryland.


She published her first book, If Morning Ever Comes, in 1964 and since then a new book has appeared every few years.  Tyler's ninth novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1983. The Accidental Tourist was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and was made into a movie starring William Hurt and Geena Davis. Breathing Lessons won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. Ladder of Years was shortlisted for the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996, and Digging for America was shortlisted for the same prize in 2007.


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If Morning Ever Comes 1964

The Tin Can Tree 1965

A Slipping-Down Life 1970

The Clock Winder 1972

Celestial Navigation 1974

Searching for Caleb 1975

Earthly Possessions 1977

Morgan's Passing 1980

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant 1982

The Accidental Tourist 1985

Breathing Lessons 1988

Saint Maybe 1991

Ladder of Years 1995

A Patchwork Planet 1998

Back When We Were Grownups 2001

The Amateur Marriage 2004

Digging to America 2006

Noah's Compass 2010


Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Publisher contact: Lisa Gooding, Vintage: + 44 20 7840 8400