Best Booker Winner Ever?

Abe Books polled over 700 of its U.K. customers and compiled this list as the all-time best Booker prize winners:

1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel (12.4%)

2) Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (10.5%)

3) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (8.8%)

4) The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (8.5%)

5) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (6.9%)

6) The Bone People by Keri Hulme (5.5%)

7) Possession by AS Byatt (5.4%)

8) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (5.2%)

9) Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (4%)

10) The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (3.3%)

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read a single one of these although I own Life of Pi, Possession, and The Blind Assassin. I even held a copy of Disgrace in my hands this morning and could have had the hard cover copy for all of $2 but put it back on the shelf because I found my one Coetzee reading experience to be such a distasteful one. Life of Pi is in my TBR stack at the moment but the other two have been hiding out somewhere on my bookshelves for a long, long time.

I found the list interesting…but humbling, as usual.

Poll Update

My July 27 poll asking which one writer from the selected group is most likely to still be in print in 100 years turned out almost exactly the way I thought it probably would. Maybe I should have avoided placing JK Rowling in the list of choices so close to the release of Harry Potter the 7th because so many readers were still excited by the new book.

But I can’t really quarrel with the results since the two that I see as most likely to survive are leading the poll at present: JK Rowling with 20 votes and Stephen King with 13. No one else is even in the race, in fact. My hunch is that both will survive to some limited degree and that if Rowling’s work does, indeed, survive for the next century that the whole series will be in print.

Anyway, I had fun with the poll and I thank you for voting.

Who Is Most Likely to Survive?


Looking back just a few decades and seeing what a small percentage of writers from those days are still read today (if their books can even be found) makes me wonder about some of the major bestselling writers of our own era. I’ve chosen six authors who have made loads of money, sold tons of books, etc., but who have all received criticism, to one degree or another, for what they write.

What do you think…and why?

Which of these authors, if any, is most likely to still be in print 100 years from today?
Danielle Steele
Stephen King
JK Rowling
James Patterson
Dean Koontz
Tom Clancy
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Note: I forgot to include a “none of the above” choice, so if that’s your choice, just say so in a comment.