| Somerset Maugham Award of the Society of Authors for Five: Short Novels.|
1971 Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Briefing for a Descent into Hell.
1976 French Prix Medicis for Foreigners for The Golden Notebook.
1981 Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Sirian Experiments.
1982 Austrian State Prize for European Literature.
1982 German Federal Republic Shakespear Prize.
1982 The Sirian Experiments nominated for Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award (Ditmars).
1985 Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Good Terrorist.
1985 The W.H. Smith Literary Award and the Mondello Prize in Italy for The Good Terrorist.
1987 The Palmero Prize and the Premio Internazionale Mondello.
1988 The Fifth Child received the Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
1995 Received Honorary Degree from Harvard University.
1995 Received James Tait Black Prize for best biography for Under My Skin
1995 Under My Skin also received a Los Angeles Times Book Prize
1998 Nominated for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award in the biography/autobiography category for Walking in the Shade.
1999 Presented with the XI Annual International Catalunya Award, an award by the government of Catalunya.
1999 Appointed a Companion of Honour by Queen Elizabeth II.
2000 Mara and Dann nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
2001 Awarded the 2001 Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, one of Spain's most important distinctions, for her brilliant literary works in defense of freedom and Third World causes.
2001 Received the David Cohen British Literature Prize.
2001 Received Companion of Honour from the Royal Society of Literature.
2005 Shortlisted on the first Man Booker International Prize
2007 The Nobel Prize for Literature.