Part One: 1969 to 1996
It is not surprising that many of the novels here have simply been read rather than adapted as radio dramas.
(I have endeavoured to find all the books adapted for radio which won the awards but if anyone spots any I’ve missed I would welcome further contributions)
The Lost Man Booker Prize (awarded by a public vote in 2010)
Curiously, this begins with an oddity. “The Lost Man Booker Prize”. This was a special edition of the Booker Prize awarded by a public vote in 2010 to a novel from 1970 as the books published in 1970 were not eligible for the Man Booker Prize due to an alteration in the rules. Until 1970 the prize was awarded to books published in the previous year, while from 1971 onwards it was awarded to books published the same year as the award.
The Lost Man Booker Prize 1970 Winner: J G Farrell Troubles
BABT Radio 4 Abridged in 15 parts by Joy Osborne and read by Denys Hawthorne. Producer Maurice Leitch.
The Lost Man Booker Prize 1970 Shortlisted: Muriel Spark The Driver’s Seat
BBC Radio 4 Sunday 14 January 2018 .
The following are from the original Booker–McConnell Prize entries:
Shortlisted: 1971: Elizabeth Taylor Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
On a rainy January afternoon, the recently widowed Laura Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel on the Cromwell Road. Apprehensive but doughty, she settles into her room without a view, and begins to meet the other residents. For the long-term residents of the Claremont Hotel, life revolves around waiting for dinner, the 9 o'clock serial and visitors. Mrs. Palfrey assures her new friends that her grandson will soon be making an appearance...
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is both tender and sharp in its depiction of old age.
This novel has been adapted or read three times:
Woman’s Hour Radio 2 : A reading in 10 instalments from Wednesday 31 May to Tuesday 13 June 1972 abridged by Sally Skrimshire and read by Lydia Sherwood
SNT 5 January 1974 adapted by James Duckett Producer Anthony Cornish
BABT Radio 4 from Monday 13 August to Friday 17 August 2018, an abridged serialization read in 5 parts by Eleanor Bron. Adapted by Robin Brooks and produced by Nathalie Steed
Winner 1973: J G Farrell The Siege of Krishnapur
1857 - a time of peace and tranquility for the British at Krishnapur. Then suddenly the mutiny erupts and they find themselves fighting for their lives
This novel has been adapted or read twice:
BABT Radio 4 Read by Jonathan Newth in 15 episodes, from Monday 3 March to Friday 21 March 1980. Abridged by Donald Bancroft.
Shortlisted 1974: Beryl Bainbridge The Bottle Factory Outing
Saturday Drama 28 May 2011
Winner 1975: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Heat and Dust
BBC Radio 4 15 Minute Drama from Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2015. Dramatized by Shelley Silas.
Winner 1977: Iris Murdoch The Sea, The Sea
BBC Radio 4 The Classic Serial Sunday 20 June to Sunday 11 July 1993
Shortlisted 1978: Penelope Lively The Bookshop
BABT BBC Radio 4 Read by Maggie Steed in 10 episodes, from Monday 27 May to Friday 7 June 1996. Florence plans to open her bookshop in the face of local opposition
Winner 1979: Penelope Lively Offshore
BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama 6 Jan 2018
Winner 1980: William Golding Rites of Passage
BBC Radio 4 The Classic Serial Sunday 23 August to Sunday 6 September 1998
Shortlisted 1980: Anthony Burgess Earthly Powers
BBC Radio 4 The Classic Serial Sunday 27 June to Sunday 18 July 2004 Burgess’ hero, Kenneth, a popular novelist, drifts blithely through the great events that shaped the 20th century.
Winner 1981: Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children
This novel has been adapted or read twice:
Radio 4 BABT from Monday 11 August to Friday 29 August 1997
BBC Radio 4 From Sunday 20 August to Sunday 17 September 2017
Shortlisted 1981: Molly Keane Good Behaviour
This novel has been adapted or read three times:
BBC R4 The Classic Serial Sunday 13 June and Sunday 20 June 2004<
br>Adapted by Clare Boylan.
Shortlisted 1981: Ian McEwan The Comfort of Strangers
BBC R4 The Late Book from Tuesday 25 June to Wednesday 3 July 1996
Shortlisted 1981: D M Thomas The White Hotel
BBC R4 Saturday Drama 8 September 2018
Circus performer Lisa visits Dr Probst, a celebrated Berlin psychoanalyst, to discover the cause of the mysterious pains she is experiencing in her left breast and pelvis. As Probst attempts to unravel the true cause of her pains, he is sure that the answer to Lisa's condition lies in her past and her realization, after her mother and uncle are killed in a hotel fire, that the two of them were having an affair.
Shortlisted 1981: J L Carr A Month in the Country
BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama 20 November 2010
Shortlisted 1982: William Boyd An Ice-Cream War
This novel has been adapted or read twice:
Abridged in 12 parts by Doreen Mahon and read by Ronald Pickup. William Boyd 's second novel, is set against the background of Africa in the First World War. Producer: Michael Heffernan.
BBC Radio 4 A five-part adaptation, in 30 minute episodes, from Thursday 19 May to 16 June 1994. With Thomas Dawes and Simon Desborough. Dramatized by John Peacock. Director: Eoin O'Callaghan
Shortlisted 1982: Alice Thomas Ellis The 27th Kingdom
BBC Radio 4 Story Time from Monday 28 January to Tuesday 5 February 1985: abridged and read in seven parts by Elizabeth Proud.
Shortlisted 1982: Timothy Mo Sour Sweet
Shortlisted 1983: Graham Swift Waterland
BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play. Dramatized in three parts by Steve Chambers from 10 March to 24 March 1997.
Winner 1984: Anita Brookner Hotel du Lac
BBC Radio 4 Saturday Playhouse 3 August 1996
Shortlisted 1984: J G Ballard The Empire of the Sun
BBC Radio 4 BABT abridged in 15 episodes by John Scotney from Monday 31 December 1984 to Friday 18 January 1985.
Shortlisted 1984: Anita Desai In Custody
BBC Radio 4 BABT abridged in 10 episodes by Elizabeth Bradbury from Monday 17 August to Friday 28 August 1987.
Shortlisted 1984: Penelope Lively According to Mark
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Serial from Monday 16 March to Tuesday 31 March 1992
Shortlisted 1985: J. L. Carr The Battle of Pollock's Crossing
BBC Radio 4 BABT abridged in 10 episodes by Donald Bancroft from Monday 7 April to Friday 18 April 1986.
Shortlisted 1985: Doris Lessing The Good Terrorist
BBC Radio 4 15 Minute Drama in 10 episodes from to 19 February to 2 March 2018.
Shortlisted 1986: Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale
This novel has been adapted or read twice by the BBC and once by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
BBC Radio 4 The Late Book from October to Saturday 4 November 1995 read by Buffy Davis. Abridged in ten parts by Katie Campbell. Producer Sally Avens.
BBC Radio 4 The Classic Serial Sunday 9 January to Sunday 23 January 2000.
Shortlisted 1987: Chinua Achebe Anthills of the Savannah
BBC Radio 4 The Monday Play 29 October 1990
Shortlisted 1987: Peter Ackroyd Chatterton
BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play Thursday 1 May 2008This, Chatterton: the Allington Solution, is a re-working of the novel, by its author, as a radio play.
Shortlisted 1987 Brian Moore The Colour of Blood
BBC Radio 4 BABT From Monday12 March to Friday 23 March 1990
Winner 1988: Peter Carey Oscar and Lucinda
BBC Radio 4 BABT From Monday10 February to Friday 25 February 1994
Shortlisted 1988: Bruce Chatwin Utz
BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play 4 July 2009
Shortlisted 1988 Penelope Fitzgerald The Beginning of Spring
BBC Radio 4 15 Minute Drama from Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October 2010
Winner 1989: Kashuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day
This novel has been adapted or read twice.
A butler looks back on a lifetime of service in one of the great stately homes of England and, at the end of his career, belatedly puts his life into perspective.
BBC Radio 4 BABT from Monday 22 January to Friday 2 February 1990 abridged in ten parts by Catherine Czerkawska. Read by John Moffatt. Producer Marilyn Imrie.
BBC Radio 4 The Classic Serial Sunday 10 August and Sunday 17 August 2003.
Shortlisted 1989: Sybille Bedford Jigsaw
Dramatized in 4 parts from Friday 18 May to Friday 8 June 2007 by Melissa Murray.
Winner 1990 :A. S. Byatt Possession
BBC Radio 15 Minute Drama serialised in 15 parts between 19 December 2011 and 6 January 2012.
This is the beginning of a quest that will change literary history and with the help of a feminist literary scholar Maud Bailey, they are determined to find out the truth behind these letters. Certain other characters hear about the letters and are eager to get their hands on them for their own financial gain and will do so, by any means necessary, and so the chase begins.
Dramatized by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Director: Celia de Wolff
Shortlisted 1990: Beryl Bainbridge An Awfully Big Adventure
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour serial from Wednesday 17 October to Friday 26 October 1990.
Shortlisted 1990: Penelope Fitzgerald The Gate of Angels
BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama 10 December 2011
Fred Fairly Geoffrey Streatfeild
Shortlisted 1990: John McGahern Amongst Women
BBC Radio 4 BABT from Monday 6 August to Friday 17 August 1990
Shortlisted 1990: Brian Moore Lies of Silence
BBC World Service Off the Shelf from Monday 29 August to Friday 9 September 1994.
As I have often found with other World Service programmes there are no further details in BBC Genome about this reading.
Shortlisted 1991: All Six Novels
An extract from each of the six books on the 1991shortlist was read as Booker at Bedtime from Monday 14 October to Monday 21 October 1991 before the prize was awarded to Ben Okri’s The Famished Road on Tuesday 22 October 1991.
Tuesday 15 October: 2: The Van by Roddy Doyle.
Wednesday 16 October: 3: Such a Long journey by Rohinton Mistry. Read by Emma Fielding .
Thursday 17 October: 4: The Redundancy of Courage by Timothy Mo. Read by Terence Edmond.
Friday 18 October: 5: The Famished Road by Ben Okri. Read by Ronald Herdman.
Monday 21 October: 6: Reading Turgenev by William Trevor. Read by Joanna Myers. Producer David Hunter.
Shortlisted 1991: Roddy Doyle The Van
BBC Radio Afternoon Drama Sunday 22 December 2013.
Jimmy Rabbitte is unemployed and at an all-time low. Even Ireland qualifying for the 1990 World Cup has not pulled him out of the doldrums, he needs money and fast. So when his best mate Bimbo buys a dilapidated "chipper" van and offers him the chance of a partnership, this might well be the opportunity Jimmy has been waiting for. What could be better than working with your best mate?
Written by Roddy Doyle
Jimmy David Wilmot
Shortlisted 1992: All Six Novels
An extract from each of the six books on the 1992 shortlist was read as Booker at Bedtime from Monday 5 October to Monday 21 October 1992 before the prize was awarded jointly to Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth and Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth on Tuesday 23 October 1992.
Tuesday 6 October: 2: The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe, read by Brendan Charleson.
Wednesday 7 October: 3: Black Dogs by Ian McEwan, read by David Dooley.
Friday 9 October: 5: Daughters of the House by Michele Roberts. Read by Marilyn Le Conte.
Monday 12 October: 6: Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, read by Dorien Thomas. Producer David Hunter.
Shortlisted 1992: Patrick McCabe The Butcher Boy
BBC Radio 3 Studio 3 Saturday 13 August 1994: Frank Pig Says Hello
A psychological thriller charting the fragmentation of young Frank Brady's mind. In the abattoir where he works, Frank discovers that his life is completely at odds with those around him.
Frank Brady/Piglet: Adrian Dunbar
Shortlisted 1993: All Six Novels
An extract from each of the six books on the 1993 shortlist was read as Booker at Bedtime from Monday 18 October to Monday 25 October 1993 before the prize was awarded to Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle.
Monday 18 October: 1: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle is read by Dermot Crowley. Producer David Hunter.
Tuesday 19 October: 2: Under the Frog by Tibor Fischer is read by Dominic Letts.
Wednesday 20 October: 3: Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff is read by David Jarvis.
Thursday 21 October: 4: Remembering Babylon by David Malouf is read by Barry J Gordon.
Friday 22 October: 5: Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips is read by Rachel Atkins.
Monday 25 October: 6: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields is read by Tina Gray. Producer David Hunter.
Winner 1993: Roddy Doyle Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
BBC Radio 4 BABT from Wednesday 27 October to Friday 5 November 1993.
Shortlisted 1993: Caryl Phillips Crossing the River
This is unusual: this novel, or a version of its story, has been adapted as a radio drama twice. The first time for Radio 3 in 1985, some 8 years before the novel was published. I assume this is an earlier version of the same story since, although it shares the main plot the three principal characters have different names.
A sister and two brothers stretch across 200 years of black repression. Directed by Richard Wortley.
BBC Radio 4 Saturday Drama 3 December 2016 Somewhere in England.
Written and dramatized from his own novel, Crossing the River, by Caryl Phillips Somewhere in England is a story of love and race set in Yorkshire during the Second World War.
All other parts played by members of the cast
Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.
Joyce Helen Longworth
Shortlisted 1993: Carol Shields The Stone Diaries
This novel has been adapted or read twice.
The story of Daisy Goodwill, "wife, mother, citizen of our century," from her birth in Manitoba in 1905 to her death nearly 90 years later in a Florida nursing home. A tale of overflowing love, an unexpected birth, lingering grief and anger, and the careful construction of a tower.
BBC Radio 4 BABT from Monday 19 September to Friday 30 September 1994
Dramatized in five instalments by Claire Luckham and Briony Glassco. This remarkable fictional biography maps the life of Daisy Goodwill, an ordinary woman from rural Canada.
Director David Hunter
Shortlisted 1994: All Six Novels
An extract from each of the six books on the 1994 shortlist was read as Booker at Bedtime from Monday 3 October to Monday 10 October 1994 before the prize was awarded to James Kelman for How Late It Was, How Late.
Monday 3 October: 1: Reef by Romesh Guneskera is read by Lyndam Gregory. Producer David Hunter.
Tuesday 4 October: 2: Paradise by Abduirazak Gurnah, read by Ben Onwukwe.
Wednesday 5 October: 3: The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst, read by Gavin Muir.
Thursday 6 October: 4: How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman, read by George Parsons.
Friday 7 October: 5: Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown, read by Kristin Milward.
Monday 10 October: 6: Knowledge of Angels by Jill Paton Walsh, read by Natasha Pyne.
Tuesday 11 October: Winner 1994: James Kelman How Late It Was, How Late, a second extract. Producer: David Hunter.
Shortlisted 1994: Romesh Gunesekera Reef
BBC Radio 4 The Late Book from Tuesday 6 February to Wednesday 14 February 1996.
Set in Sri Lanka, this novel reveals a world of love and illusion, seen through the eyes of a young boy. Abridged in seven parts by Brian Miller and read by Shiv Grewal. Producer Rosemary Watts.
Shortlisted 1994: George Mackay Brown Beside the Ocean of Time
BBC Radio 4 The Classic Serial Sunday 6 April and Sunday 13 April 1997.
Dramatized for radio in two parts by Stewart Conn. The author’s last novel is set in Norday, Thorfinn's home in the Northern Isles. Thorfinn's loss of Sophie and his father's remarriage echo other changes in the island's life, while Ragnarson, Thorfinn's imaginary future self, creates his own freedom in imagination. Other parts played by members of the cast. Harpist Charlotte Petersen.
Shortlisted 1994: Jill Paton Walsh Knowledge of Angels
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Serial from Tuesday 1 November to Thursday 17 November 1994.
Shortlisted 1995: All Five Novels
An extract from each of the five books on the 1995 shortlist was read as Booker at Bedtime from Tuesday 31 October to Tuesday 7 November 1995 before the prize was awarded to The Ghost Road by Pat Barker.
Tuesday 31 October: 1: The Ghost Road by Pat Barker. Producer David Hunter.
Wednesday 1 November: 2: In Every Face I Meet by Justin Cartwright. Producer David Hunter.
Thursday 2 November: 3: The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie. Producer David Hunter.
Friday 3 November: 4: Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. Producer David Hunter.
Monday 6 November: 5: The Riders by Tim Winton. Producer David Hunter.
Tuesday 7 November: Winner 1995: The Ghost Road by Pat Barker, a second extract. Producer: David Hunter.
Shortlisted 1996: All Six Novels
An extract from each of the six books on the 1996 shortlist was read as Booker at Bedtime from Monday 3 October to Monday 10 October 1996 before the prize was awarded on Tuesday 29 October to Graham Swift for Last Orders.
Monday 21 October 1: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Producer Jonquil Panting.
Tuesday 22 October 2: Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge. Producer Debbie Waddell.
Wednesday 23 October 3: Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane. Producer Gemma Jerkins.
Thursday 24 October 4: Orchard of Fire by Sheena McKay. Producer Jackie Nichols.
Friday 24 October 5: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Producer Alex Burrett.
Monday 28 October 6: Last Orders. By Graham Swift. Producer Jocelyn Boxall.
Tuesday 29 October: Graham Swift: Last Orders, a second extract. Producer David Hunter.
Winner 1996: Graham Swift Last Orders
This novel has been read or adapted twice.
BBC Radio 4 The Monday Play 10 February 1997.
Jack: Peter Vaughan
BBC Radio 2 (Yes, Radio 2!) From Friday 11 April to Friday 30 May 1997.
Shortlisted 1996: Beryl Bainbridge Every Man for Himself
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Serial from Monday 17 February to Friday 28 February 1997.
Marcus D'Amico reads Beryl Bainbridge 's Booker-nominated story of the sinking of the Titanic, abridged in ten parts by Pat McLoughlin.
Shortlisted 1996: Seamus Deane Reading in the Dark
BBC Radio 4 BABT from Monday 24 March to Wednesday 2 April1997.
Stephen Rea reads Seamus Deane 's story, which also won the Guardian Fiction Prize, abridged in eight episodes by Pam Brighton. Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in the forties and fifties, is seen through the eyes of a child. Producer Pam Brighton.
Shortlisted 1996: Rohinton Mistry A Fine Balance
BBC Radio 4 Sunday Drama: Sundays 22 March and 29 March and 5 April 2105.
A dramatisation in 3 parts of Rohinton Mistry's acclaimed novel about India's underclass.
Two tailors - uncle and nephew, Ishvar and Om - come to the city to escape from the caste violence in their native village. They are employed by a Parsi woman, Dina Dalal, who runs a sweatshop from her apartment and is struggling to preserve her independence. She has a lodger too - a reluctant student, Maneck, from the mountains.
As their initial suspicion of each other turns to friendship and then love, their lives take dramatic and often shocking turns against a backdrop of India in crisis, during "the Emergency" of the mid-1970s - a period marked by huge political unrest and human rights violations.
A comedy, a tragedy, and a story of the triumph of the human spirit under inhuman conditions.
Music: Sacha Putnam
A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4.
Dina Shernaz Patel
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