Commonwealth Best Book Prize

The Best Book Prize (overall and regional) was awarded from 1987 to 2011

 

2010 selection

Solo

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2010

by Rana Dasgupta

A kaleidoscopic novel about the life and daydreams of Ulrich, a one hundred-year-old man from Bulgaria.


2009 selection

The Slap: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2009

by Christos Tsiolkas

Soon to be an NBC miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Sarsgaard and Zachary Quinto.

In this powerful and riveting novel, literary phenomenon Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly...


2008 selection

Someone Knows My Name: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2008

by Lawrence Hill

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. "Wonderfully written...populated by vivid characters and rendered in fascinating detail."—Nancy Kline, New York Times Book Review Kidnapped from Africa as a child,...


2007 selection

Mister Pip

Kiriyama Prize for Fiction 2008, Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2007

by Lloyd Jones

In a novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fablelike, Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of narrative to transform our lives.

On a...


2004 selection

A Distant Shore

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2004

by Caryl Phillips

Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher who has recently moved to a housing estate in a small village. Solomon is a night-watchman, an immigrant from an unnamed country in Africa. Each is desperate for love. And...


2001 selection

True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel

Man Booker Prize 2001, Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2001

by Peter Carey

“I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain...


1999 selection

Eucalyptus

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1999, Miles Franklin Award 1999

by Murray Bail

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book

 A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

 

On a property in New South Wales, a widower named Holland lives with his daughter, Ellen. Over...


1998 selection

Jack Maggs: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1998, Miles Franklin Award 1998

by Peter Carey

The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee...


1996 selection

A Fine Balance

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1996, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1996, Giller Prize 1995

by Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The...


1992 selection

Such a Long Journey

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1992

by Rohinton Mistry

It is Bombay in 1971, the year India went to war over what was to become Bangladesh. A hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble is a devoted family man who gradually sees his modest life unravelling. His young...