Exclusive Books Boeke Prize

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The Exclusive Books Boeke Prize is a book prize which was awarded in South Africa from 1995 to 2012.


The award was loosely modelled on the United Kingdom's Man Booker Prize, and sponsored by Exclusive Books. Although boeke is an Afrikaans word, the plural form of the word for "book", the Boeke Prize has only been awarded to novels written in English.

Launched in 1995, the award has been made mostly to first novels or works: 12 of the first 19 winners were debut works. The books are judged by a panel of book critics (40 in 2008).[1]

Since its inception, ten of the books to receive the award have had a film adaptation released.


Judges' Award[edit]

Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt
Year Title Author[2]
1995 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt
1996 Behind the Scenes at the Museum Kate Atkinson
1997 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt
1998 Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
1999 The Reader Bernhard Schlink
2000 The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
2001 Eddie's Bastard William Kowalski
2002 Atonement Ian McEwan
2003 Life of Pi Yann Martel
2004 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
2005 The Time-Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
2006 Q & A Vikas Swarup
2007 The Book Thief Markus Zusak
2008 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
2009 The Help Kathryn Stockett
2010 One Day David Nicholls
2011 When God Was a Rabbit Sarah Winman
2012 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

Exclusive Books Fanatics choice[edit]

Year Title
2010 The Postmistress Sarah Blake[3]
2011 Thirteen Hours Deon Meyer[4]
2012 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce[5]

See also[edit]