Yesterday, the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction went to Howard Jacobson for "The Finkler Question." Although Jacobson took home the prize yesterday, since 1969 the committee has been awarding excellence in fiction and catapulting the winner to fame ever since. According to the website:
"The prize, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008, aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The Man Booker judges are selected from the country's finest critics, writers and academics to maintain the consistent excellence of the prize. The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales."
This year, the shortlist of nominated authors, announced Sept. 7, included Peter Carey, Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson, Andrea Levy and Tom McCarthy. According to the Man Book Prize website,
"For over four decades the prize - the leading literary award in the English speaking world - has brought recognition, reward and readership to the outstanding new novels of the year. The shortlist was announced by Chair of judges, Sir Andrew Motion, at a press conference held at Man's London headquarters."
But who has won over the past decade? Here's a list of the winners for the '00s -- which books were your favorites?