I encourage you all to expand your reading lists, as well as participate in the Best of the Booker award contest. I've read a couple of the examples, but to feel fully able to cast my ballot, I've moved these books to the top of my bedside stack:
Pat Barker's The Ghost Road
JM Coetzee's Disgrace
Nadine Gordimer's The Conservationist
Very different books... what's your pick?