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The Man Booker Prize 1974

The Man Booker Prize 1974

The Winner

The Conservationist

Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.

Holiday

To escape the death of his son and the death-throes of his marriage, Edwin Fisher retreats - to a place where he had once known the unqualified happiness of childhood.

But as painful memories rise unbidden and uncontrolled, Edwin must confront each in turn and realise that without a past there can be no future.

The Shortlist

The Judges