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The First Chapter Series ® (Booker Prize) is a contribution by authors of the first chapter of their prize winning novels in support of children living with HIV/AIDS

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The Booker Prize First Chapter Series

2012 sees the launch of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, the Booker of Bookers, which is the final book in the current Booker Prize First Chapter Series©.

The Booker Prize First Chapter Series is a contribution by authors of the first chapter of their prize winning novels in support of children living with HIV/AIDS. Each book is published in a limited signed edition and features donated and specially commissioned artwork.

The History of the Booker Prize First Chapter Series

The series was launched in 2006, with the publication of Oak Tree Fine Press’s first ever book, The Life and Times of Michael K, illustrated in black and white by South African artist Colbert Mashile. The support of Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee has been vital to the success of the series, and its second volume featured his Booker Prize winning novel of 1999, Disgrace.

Since then, a wide range of authors have collaborated on the series, linked by their shared status as Booker Prize winners, and their mutual interest in contributing to a worthwhile cause through the creation of beautiful and thought provoking books.

Artwork and the Booker Prize First Chapter Series

Originally featuring designs by up and coming authors, the series has expanded to include signed works by some of our greatest living artists. In each volume, the images offer an acutely relevant and valuable perspective on the themes and styles of these inspiring literary works.

Fundraising and the Booker Prize First Chapter Series

Over the past six years, the series has gone from strength to strength, with an impressive £50,000 raised as of May 2012. This money has gone to support a range of African charities, which are either selected by the Press or in some cases specified by our contributors. Some examples of how our profits have been used can be found in the who benefits section.

What is the Booker Prize?

The Man Booker Prize represents the very best in contemporary fiction and is awarded each year for the best original full-length novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in the English language. From 1969 until the present day the prize continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every English writer and remains the world's most important award for literary fiction. In 2010, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children was voted the “Booker of Bookers” and it is this book, published in 2012, which features as the final volume in the Booker Prize First Chapter Series.

Winners of the Booker Prize since 1969.

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Order the full set of ten FCS Booker prize books

The First Chapter Series© of Booker Prize-winning novels is available to buy as a deluxe set limited to 150 copies.

The set comprises individually numbered copies of all ten volumes, signed by the author to the title page and hand bound in cloth.
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J.M. Coetzee is the author of Volume I of the First Chapter Series® (Booker Prize)  featuring The Life and Times of Michael K

Vol I of the FCS

Volume I of the First Chapter Series® (Booker Prize) features The Life and Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee. More...

J.M. Coetzee is the author of Volume II of the First Chapter Series® (Booker Prize) featuring Disgrace

Vol II of the FCS

Vol II in the First Chapter Series® (Booker Prize) is Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. More...

Holiday by Stanley Middleton

Vol III of the FCS

Vol III in the First Chapter Series® (Booker Prize) is Holiday by Stanley Middleton. More...

The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer

Vol IV of the FCS

Volume IV in the First Chapter Series (Booker Prize) is The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer. More...

Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth

Vol V of the FCS

Volume V in the First Chapter Series (Booker Prize) is Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth. More...

Vol VI of the FCS

Volume VI in the First Chapter Series (Booker Prize) is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.
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Vol VII of the FCS

Volume VII in the First Chapter Series (Booker Prize) is The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst.
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Vol VIII of the FCS

Volume VIII of the First Chapter Series (Booker Prize) is Possession by A.S. Byatt More...

Vol IX of the FCS

Volume IX of the First Chapter Series (Booker Prize) is Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally More...

Vol X of the FCS

Volume X of the First Chapter Series (Booker Prize) is Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie More...