The Remains of the Day is one of the most highly regarded post-war British novels. In 1989 the novel won the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the English-speaking world.
The Remains of the Day appeared in a 2007 Guardian list of "Books you can't live without" and also in a 2009 "1000 novels everyone must read". In 2006, The Observer asked 150 literary writers and critics to vote for the best British, Irish or Commonwealth novel from 1980 to 2005; The Remains of the Day placed joint-eighth. It ranks 146th in a composite list of greatest twentieth-century English-language novels by Brian Kunde of Stanford University.