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The Booker Prizes – Book of Month

For over 50 years, the Booker Prizes have celebrated the world’s most outstanding fiction, whether written in or translated into English.

Each month they’ll be a shining a spotlight on a different book from the Booker Library, and sharing reading guides, extracts, opinion pieces and competitions.

You can find out more about the Prize here.

The Booker Prize 2023 Winner has been announced.

We will be sharing the Booker Book of the Month picks every month for you to enjoy.

Introducing the Booker Prizes December Book of the Month: Any Human Heart by William Boyd

In 2002, William Boyd was longlisted for the Booker Prize for his story of a life lived to the full – a journey deep into a very human heart.

As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in 60s New York, Logan Mountstuart mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness.

The Booker Prizes are offering a reading guide for Any Human Heart, an extract from the book, a beginner’s guide to William Boyd, as well as the opportunity to win the book and a Booker Prize tote bag.

You can also join the Substack where you can share your views on the Book of the Month with other readers.

Previous Booker Prizes Book of the Month

November: The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

October: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

September: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

August: Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark

July: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

June: The Long Song by Andrea Levy

May: The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing

April: Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

March: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Booker Prize 2023

The Booker Prizes have now announced the winner of this year’s Booker Prize – the world’s most influential prize for a single work of fiction.

Paul Lynch took home the prize for his novel, Prophet Song. He received £50,000 and was presented with his trophy by Shehan Karunatilaka, last year’s winner, at a ceremony held at Old Billingsgate, London.

Find out all about the winner here.

Find out all about the shortlist here.

Booker Prize Book Club

This year the Booker Prizes ran the Booker Prize Book Club as a new online community for readers to discuss and find out more about the six books that were shortlisted for the world’s most influential prize for a single work of fiction, the Booker Prize. Find out more.

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Radio 2 Book Club - Winter titles

The Winter season of the Radio 2 Book Club is out now, with brilliant brand-new fiction titles to discover. The BBC Radio 2 Book Club is on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. It features a wide range of titles and authors, recommending great reads from both new and much-loved writers, encouraging listeners to perhaps try out a genre they might not have read before, and share their opinions and insights on the titles and great reads they’re enjoying right now.


How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started. You can also download icebreaker questions to help get your discussion started, and a social media guide to show how you can share your reading with others online.


Discussion guides

We know how useful a discussion guide is for your book club meeting, so here you’ll find some recent guides provided by publishers. Free to download, you can use them to help choose your next book and guide your discussion.

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