The Booker Prizes

The Booker Prizes Podcast is an exciting audio series that looks at the very best from the world of books. The Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. The International Booker Prize is awarded to an author and translator to encourage more publishing and reading of quality fiction in translation. Join the conversation about The Booker Prizes at @TheBookerPrizes and #FinestFiction. www.thebookerprizes.com For The Booker Prizes playlists, visit: https://spoti.fi/2k8oJq6

The Booker Prizes Podcast is an exciting audio series that looks at the very best from the world of books. The Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. The International Booker Prize is awarded to an author and translator to encourage more publishing and reading of quality fiction in translation. Join the conversation about The Booker Prizes at @TheBookerPrizes and #FinestFiction. www.thebookerprizes.com For The Booker Prizes playlists, visit: https://spoti.fi/2k8oJq6

82 Episodes

2019 Booker Prize Episode 3

In episode three of the 2019 Booker Prize podcast, host Joe Haddow interviews three of this year's shortlisted authors Lucy Ellmann, Bernardine Evaristo and Elif Shafak at the shortlist party, held at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. We also headed to the launch of Margaret Atwood's shortlisted book The Testaments, held at the Waterstones flagship store in Piccadilly, where we interviewed Waterstones' Managing Director, James Daunt and their fiction buyer Bea Carvalho. Finally, we chat to White Lies songwriter and guitarist Charles Cave to discuss why he finds reading on tour more enjoyable than reading when he's in busy London.

27 Sep

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2019 Booker Prize Shortlist Episode

In the shortlist episode, host Joe Haddow speaks to judges Afua Hirsch, Xiaolu Guo, and Joanna MacGregor who talk us through all the books that have made the shortlist and the ways they speak to contemporary reality, but come at it sideways. Joe then talks to BBC Radio 6 Music broadcaster, comedian and one-time author, Shaun Keaveny about his love for reading, which he developed in recent years. Joanna MacGregor's playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7M90ZnH4PU5KKaj3VJX5dA

06 Sep

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2019 Booker Prize Longlist Episode

In the longlist episode, host Joe Haddow speaks to Peter Florence (chair) and fellow judge Liz Calder, who talk us through all the books that have made the longlist, and chat about how the judging process is like being in the coolest book group in the world! Joe then talks to writer, critic, broadcaster and Booker Prize Foundation trustee Bidisha SK Mamata, who explains why we’re in a good place for fiction and sympathises with the tough challenge the judges will face when trying to decide the shortlist in a few weeks’ time.

02 Aug

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2019 Man Booker International Prize winner podcast

In the second episode of our two Man Booker International Prize 2019 podcasts, host Joe Haddow heads to the Roundhouse in London for the glittering winner ceremony. There we hear the moment that Chair of the Judges Bettany Hughes made the announcement that Celestial Bodies had won. We then go behind the scenes, where Joe catches up with shortlisted translators and judges ahead of the winner announcement. Joe then sits down in the studio with this year’s winning author Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth to see how they feel just 24 hours after the award. They discuss Jokha’s novel Celestial Bodies, the impact the prize will have on their careers and what Jokha’s upcoming projects are.

24 May

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2019 Man Booker International Prize shortlist episode

In our first podcast of 2019, we join the glittering reception at Somerset House as the Man Booker International Prize shortlist is announced to a room full of guests from all corners of the world. Host Joe Haddow then speaks with Jackie Swope, from Nielsen Book Research about the rising trends of translated fiction in the UK. Joe then sits down with two of this year's judges Elnathan John and chair of the judges Bettany Hughes, who talk through the shortlisted books that have made the cut. Live from the shortlist party, we meet up with writer, critic and academic Jonathan Gibbs, to talk about this year's list, his personal anthology email and how literary prizes keep his students reading lists up to date. Joe also chats to newly announced shortlisted author Alia Trabucco Zerán and translator Sophie Hughes about how they feel about being shortlisted, how they first met and what it was like working together on Alia's book The Remainder.

12 Apr

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2018 Man Booker Winner Podcast

In our winner episode we head behind the scenes at Southbank Centre for the shortlist event. Joe Haddow catches up with event host Damian Barr and shortlisted author Rachel Kushner in the green room. We then head to Guildhall for the winner announcement and Joe speaks to Esi Edugyan as well as James Nesbitt and Gyles Brandreth. Finally, we speak with this year's winner Anna Burns about how she's feeling having just won the prize for her novel Milkman.

19 Oct

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Man Booker 2018 shortlist announcement

In our third episode of the series, presenter Joe Haddow catches up with this year's judges Leo Robson, Leanna Shapton and Jacqueline Rose after the 2018 Man Booker shortlist announcement to find out how they decided on the final six books. Joe then heads to the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park for the annual shortlist party to speak with two of this year's shortlisted authors, Robin Robertson and Daisy Johnson, to find out what it is like to be on the shortlist. Finally, he speaks to writer and comedian Adam Kay and artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, Hans Ulrich Obrist, to get their thoughts on this year's shortlist.

28 Sep

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2018 Man Booker Prize Podcast Episode 2- Edinburgh

In our second episode of the series we head to the Edinburgh International Book Festival where we hear from the 2018 Man Booker International winner Jennifer Croft and fellow translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Joe then catches up with debut novelist and Man Booker 2018 longlisted Sophie Mackintosh about her appearance at the Festival and her dystopian book The Water Cure, before interviewing Man Booker 2018 prize longlistee, Pulitzer Prize and four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Richard Powers.

31 Aug

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2018 Man Booker Longlist Episode

In this first special episode, our host Joe Haddow speaks to British writer and editor Andy Miller, who discusses his love for reading and the books that have shaped his life.   Then Joe talks to two of this year's judges, philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair) and crime novelist Val McDermid, who take us through each book on the longlist and explain how whittling down 171 submissions has transformed them into very fast, efficient readers!

27 Jul

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Man Booker 50 Festival - Second Episode

In the second of our Man Booker 50 Festival podcast episodes, host Joe Haddow takes us backstage at the Southbank Centre during the weekend of 6-8 July. In this star studded episode we hear from prize winning and shortlisted authors including Hilary Mantel, Eleanor Catton, Marlon James, Alan Hollinghurst, Ben Okri, DBC Pierre, Andrew O' Hagan, Colm Tóibín and Graeme Macrae Burnet. Joe also catches up with screenwriter Christopher Hampton, who has turned several Man Booker novels into films and TV series, such as Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner, On Chesil Beach and Atonement. The episode culminates with a specially commissioned Man Booker 50 song written and performed by author and comedian Adam Kay.

20 Jul

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The Golden Man Booker Prize winner announcement

In our next podcast episode, host Joe Haddow takes us to the Man Booker 50 Festival held at Southbank Centre the weekend of 6-8 July. In this star studded episode Joe talks to previous Man Booker Prize winners about what impact the victory has had on their career. Joe catches up with 2007 winner Anne Enright, 2010 winner Howard Jacobson, who emphasise the importance of the novel nowadays. He then talks to 2016 winner Paul Beatty and 1993 winner Roddy Doyle. We then head to the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre where Baroness Helena Kennedy QC proclaims The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje the winner of this special one-off award. Joe then talks to the judge of the 1990s, Kamila Shamsie, who shares her views on the winning novel and the importance it had on her life. Joe then speaks with Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was invited to read passages from the shortlisted novels alongside with fellow actors Fiona Shaw, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Meera Syal. In the next episode of the Man Booker podcasts out on 20th July, Joe will catch up with previous winners Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James, Eleanor Catton, Colm Toibin, Ben Okri and many more. Stay tuned for the 2018 Man Booker longlist, which will be announced on Tuesday 24th July.

13 Jul

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The Golden Man Booker Prize - Episode 2

In the second episode of the Golden Man Booker podcasts, host Joe Haddow continues the journey through the shortlisted novels for this special prize. Joe catches up with Simon Mayo about his selected shortlist novel from the 2010s, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and with Lemn Sissay about the 1987 winner Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. Joe then talks to Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer, Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, about the upcoming Man Booker 50 Festival and Dotti Irving, Chief Executive of Four Culture, who's been involved with the prize for over 25 years.

22 Jun

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The Golden Man Booker Prize - Episode 1

In the first episode of our Golden Man Booker Prize podcasts, host Joe Haddow delves into this one-off spacial anniversary prize's shortlist. We start with judge Simon Mayo announcing the 'Golden Five' shortlist live at Hay Festival. Joe then catches up with judges Robert McCrum about his selected shortlisted novel from the 1970s, In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul, Hollie McNish about the 2017 winner Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and the recently announced winner of the Women's Prize For Fiction, Kamila Shamsie on her selected novel from the 1990s The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. You can vote online at www.themanbookerprize.com/vote for your favourite of the 'Golden Five' to win (voting open 26th May - 25th June 2018) The winner is announced on 8th July at the Man Booker 50 Festival at Southbank Centre London - Tickets available from the Southbank Centre website #ManBooker50

08 Jun

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Episode 2: The Man Booker International Prize 2018 winner podcast

In the second episode of our two Man Booker International Prize 2018 podcasts, host Joe Haddow delves into this year's shortlisted books with actor and author Charlie Higson and the Writers in Translation Programme Manager from English PEN, Theodora Danek. We then head to the Victoria & Albert Museum for the exciting winner ceremony, where Joe catches up with shortlisted translator Frank Wynne and journalist and TV personality Ian Hislop.  We also hear from László Krasznahorkai, who was awarded the prize in 2015 and shortlisted this year for The World Goes On, who discusses the effect of the award on writers in their native countries. Last but certainly not least, Joe speaks to this year's winning author Olga Tokarczuk and translator Jennifer Croft to see how they feel just 24 hours after the award. They discuss Olga's novel Flights, the impact they feel the prize will have on her career and what her upcoming projects are. Join the conversation on our social media channels @ManBookerPrize #FinestFiction

25 May

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Episode 1: Man Booker International Prize 2018 shortlist announcement

In our first Man Booker podcast of 2018 listen in as the shortlist is announced live from Somerset House before Joe Haddow speaks with 2016 shortlisted translator and former judge Daniel Hahn, about his work and how he views his relationship with himself and his authors. Joe then sits down with two of this years judges Michael Hoffman and chair of the judges Lisa Appignanesi, who talk through the shortlisted books. Live from the shortlist party, we meet up with Ted Hodgkinson Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre London, to talk about the shortlist and the recently announced Man Booker 50 Festival. Lastly, judge Tim Martin talks about the process of narrowing the longlist down to six books and Karen McPherson from the Reading Agency shares her thoughts on the shortlisted books and discusses what it's like working with libraries and reading groups across the UK

20 Apr

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast - winner episode

In the final episode of series three, listen to the announcement live from the Guildhall before Joe Haddow speaks former prize-winner Roddy Doyle about his win back in 1993. Joe is then joined Gemma Cairney on the green room sofa at the Southbank Centre author readings event, the evening before the winner announcement. Next, we venture behind the scenes at the winner ceremony itself, to speak to shortlistees Paul Auster and Ali Smith, former chair of judges Michael Wood, and chair of the 2017 judges Lola, Baroness Young. Last but certainly not least, we catch up with this year's winner George Saunders to see how he's feeling just 24 hours after his win. He reveals the most valuable aspect of the prize to him is its confidence building and how his wife is always the ideal reader he turns to while writing.

20 Oct

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast - Episode five

In the fifth episode of our 2017 series we go behind the scenes at this year's BFI London Film Festival launch. First Joe catches up with Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, film critic for the Metro on what makes an adaptation successful, and why Man Booker books lend themselves to the silver screen. Next Joe speaks to director Isaac Julien and producer Mark Nash about their docudrama Franz Fannon: Black Skin White Mask which delves into the life of the ground-breaking Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist. Then he talks to Tupaq Felber, director and producer of Tides which was made for just £3,000 in 3 days. Last but certainly not least, Joe is joined by CEO of the BFI and self-confessed bookworm Amanda Nevill.

06 Oct

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast – The shortlist

In this episode of our 2017 podcast host Joe Haddow takes us through the six books which made the cut with two of this year's judges, artist Tom Philips and author Sarah Hall, and goes behind the scenes at the shortlist party to catch up with authors Ali Smith and Fiona Mozley, plus radio presenter Jim Naughtie. We also sit in on TV presenter Mel Giedroyc's Bibliotherapy session, where she receives a prescription of books from the School Of Life. And as if that wasn't enough, Joe peruses the bookshelves of singer-songwriter Lucy Rose.

15 Sep

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast - Episode three

In the third episode of our 2017 series we head to Edinburgh International Book Festival to catch up with two of our longlisted authors Paul Auster and Sebastian Barry, and go behind the scenes at the Man Booker International Prize 2017 winner event* featuring David Grossman. First, Joe Haddow speaks to longlisted author Paul Auster about an outing in the woods at fourteen years old which changed his life and how the luckiest decision he ever made was letting himself fall for his wife, fellow writer Siri Hustvedt. Then Sebastian Barry compares the moment he was told the news to his first longlisting in 2005 when he nearly swung off the M50 motorway and reveals Days Without End is dedicated to his son. As a closing treat David Grossman reads from A Horse Walks into a Bar in his mother tongue Hebrew. *Credit: Edinburgh International Book Festival

25 Aug

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast - Episode two - The longlist

In the longlist episode of our 2017 Man Booker Prize podcast our judges Lila Azam Zanganeh and Colin Thubron CBE take us through the 'Man Booker Dozen' of thirteen books that have made the cut this year. First host Joe Haddow speaks to performance poet and Children's author Laura Dockrill about her inspiration for writing and she reads a poem called 'Oh the World' from her poetry collection My Mum's Growing Down. Then the 2017 judges also reveal how the process has transformed the way they read. Colin tells us he knew it was a good novel if it kept him awake as he embarked on the challenge horizontally, whilst Lila discusses the art of quick reading.

04 Aug

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast – Episode one (series three)

The Man Booker podcast is back for series three and in our first episode Joe Haddow catches up with TV host and literary lover Dermot O'Leary about where his reading journey started and his childhood obsession with Roald Dahl. We hear what 2016 winner Paul Beatty had to say about life post Man Booker at a special event held at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York. Ahead of the longlist announcement Joe also speaks to Chair of this year's judges, Baroness Lola Young, about the mixture of intellectual debate, fun and sense of responsibility in the meetings with her co-judges. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2017 and #FinestFiction.

21 Jul

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The Man Booker International Prize 2017 winner podcast

In the final episode of our two Man Booker International Prize 2017 podcasts, host Joe Haddow speaks to translator Jessica Cohen who describes living with and dreaming about the characters in winning book A Horse Walks into a Bar, and author David Grossman as he recounts the call he received from the President of Israel to congratulate him on winning the prize, whose wife screamed with joy when she heard the news. We also hear from actor Toby Jones and former Man Booker International judge Ruth Padel who took part in our Translation at its Finest event at Foyles in London earlier in the week. Joe also takes us backstage at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the winner ceremony and speaks to 2010 Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson, shortlisted author Samanta Schweblin and her translator Megan McDowell, last year's winning translator Deborah Smith (The Vegetarian) and actress Fiona Shaw.

16 Jun

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The Man Booker International Prize 2017 shortlist podcast

In the very first of two special Man Booker International Prize 2017 podcasts, we celebrate the 2017 shortlist that takes readers around the globe and to the frontier of translated fiction. First we take you behind the scenes at the party at Kensington Gardens in London, where the shortlist was announced live for the first time. Next host Joe Haddow delves into this year's shortlisted books with two members of the judging panel - Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and 2017 chair Nick Barley and award-winning poet Helen Mort. Finally we head to London Book Fair, which this year was focused on work from Poland. Joe catches up with Madrid-based American writer and translator Lawrence Schimel to discuss how translated fiction is doing in our market today. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #MBI2017 #FinestFiction

28 Apr

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 winner podcast

In the final episode of our series host Joe Haddow takes us behind-the-scenes at the winner ceremony and speaks to the winner Paul Beatty. First he catches up with comedian Sara Pascoe after she hosted our shortlist readings at the Southbank Centre. Sara discusses the contenders and tells us how books blow her mind. Next Joe speaks to VIP guests at London's Guildhall in the build-up to the big reveal, including shortlisted author Ottessa Moshfegh and Editor for the Guardian Alice O'Keefe. After the press conference, Joe is joined by Chair of the judges Amanda Foreman and Literary Director Gaby Wood. Lastly, Joe speaks with the winner himself Paul Beatty who reveals how LA, the setting of The Sellout, is always changing and that winning hasn't quite sunk in yet. Disclaimer: This podcast contains explicit language.

28 Oct

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 podcast - Pre-winner Episode

In the penultimate episode of our 2016 series, we look at what makes a winner with Ben Okri. First, Joe Haddow is joined by Catherine Taylor, Deputy Director of English PEN and Anna Fielding, Editor of Emerald Street to discuss former Man Booker winner Margaret Atwood and the duty of writers to question the status quo. Then we take a trip down to local betting shop Ladbrokes with PR Manager Alex Donohue, to find out how the odds are looking for this year's shortlisted authors. Last but certainly not least, Joe talks to poet, author and former Man Booker Prize winner, Ben Okri who gives his advice to this year's winner and tells us that the size of a book has nothing to do with its value. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

14 Oct

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 podcast - Pre-winner Episode

In the penultimate episode of our 2016 series, we look at what makes a winner with Ben Okri. First, Joe Haddow is joined by Catherine Taylor, Deputy Director of English PEN and Anna Fielding, Editor of Emerald Street to discuss former Man Booker winner Margaret Atwood and the duty of writers to question the status quo. Then we take a trip down to local betting shop Ladbrokes with PR Manager Alex Donohue, to find out how the odds are looking for this year's shortlisted authors. Last but certainly not least, Joe talks to poet, author and former Man Booker Prize winner, Ben Okri who gives his advice to this year's winner and tells us that the size of a book has nothing to do with its value. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

14 Oct

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 shortlist podcast

In our bumper shortlist episode, we hear about the six novels which made the cut. First we head to the press conference at Man Group Plc, where host Joe Haddow speaks to BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones about what draws the books together: experimentation and unsympathetic characters. Next Joe is joined by two of this year's judges, writer and academic Jon Day and actor Olivia Williams, who compare the judging process to 12 Angry Men and describe their families as the unsung heroes of the process. Olivia talks about acting in literary adaptations and what it's like to star alongside Bill Murray, whilst Jon discusses his former career as a cycle courier! Finally we go behind-the-scenes at the Serpentine Pavilion during the shortlist party to hear reactions from Waterstones Fiction Buyer Chris White and two of the shortlisted authors. Graeme Macrae Burnet tells us the importance of independent voices in the world of literature and Deborah Levy reveals she always wears a swimming costume to parties! Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

16 Sep

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 podcast - Edinburgh Festival special

In the third episode of our 2016 series, we bring you a snapshot of the Edinburgh festival season. First, host Joe Haddow catches up with two of our longlisted authors, Wyl Menmuir and Madeleine Thien, who were at the Edinburgh International Book Festival whilst he was in town. Then we go behind the scenes at the Man Booker International Prize event* and hear from 2016 judge Daniel Medin and winning translator Deborah Smith, who discuss the vibrant reception to The Vegetarian in South Korea (including billboards of Han Kang's face). Joe meets with author and former book festival ticket ripper Maggie O'Farrell, who reveals how the festival has changed over the years. Finally, Joe heads to the Fringe, where he speaks to comedian and author Mark Watson who explains why novels should be seen as much more than a holiday occupation. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction *Credit: Edinburgh International Book Festival

02 Sep

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 podcast - Episode Two

In the second episode of our 2016 series, we look at the podcast renaissance and discover the shows you should be downloading. First, Joe Haddow is joined by the stars of Literary Friction, Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright, who equate a good podcast to the best dinner party ever and reveal which Man Booker Prize author they would love to interview. Then we take you through snippets from the 2016 longlist to help you decide which to read next. Finally, Joe catches up with Harry Shearer, Spinal Tap legend, voice of The Simpsons and host of Le Show, who talks podcasts, politics and books (and how Melvyn Bragg helps him sleep). Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

19 Aug

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 longlist podcast

The Man Booker Prize podcast series is back and in our first episode with a musical twist we delve into the newly announced 2016 longlist. Host Joe Haddow speaks to two of this year's judges Amanda Foreman (chair) and Abdulrazak Gurnah who take us through each book on the longlist and explain how whittling down 155 submissions has transformed them into very fast, efficient readers! Then Joe talks to 2000 Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams who discusses her Sylvia Plath inspired album Hypoxia. Last but certainly not least we head to Daunt Books in Marylebone where The Bookshop Band with a vast Man Booker repertoire give us a special performance. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

29 Jul

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Man Booker International Prize 2016 winner podcast

In our winner episode of the Man Booker International Prize podcast we go behind-the-scenes at the 2016 winner ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London where South Korean writer Han Kang and her translator Deborah Smith are crowned the winners with The Vegetarian. Host Joe Haddow speaks to VIP guests in the dazzling atmosphere before and after the announcement, including TV presenter Anne Robinson and her daughter Emma Wilson, and 1991 Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri OBE. Joe also gets the chance to speak to the winning author and translator team. Deborah tells us how emotional she felt on hearing the news and that she's afraid to look back at any footage, whilst Kang remained calm and collected on stage. They reveal that a lifelong friendship has blossomed between them through working on the book together. Finally, we hear from Andre Breedt from Nielsen Book commissioned by the Man Booker International Prize to delve into the growth of translated fiction. Join the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #MBI2016 and #FinestFiction

20 May

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The Man Booker International Prize 2016 shortlist podcast

In the very first of two special Man Booker International Prize 2016 podcasts, we celebrate the 2016 shortlist that takes readers around the globe and to the frontier of fiction. Host Joe Haddow delves into this year's shortlisted books with two members of the judging panel - writer, journalist and the 2016 chair Boyd Tonkin and author Tahmima Anam. Joe also talks to Catherine Taylor, Deputy Director at English PEN and Walter Iuzzolino from Channel 4's Walter Presents about the rise in foreign fiction on our screens and the impact this is having on translated fiction. Then we head to Paris for an exciting event from Shakespeare & Company and hear singer- songwriter Lail Arad's song 'The Onion' which reminds Boyd of whittling down the submissions with his fellow judges. Join in the conversation about the shortlist and let us know your winner predictions @ManBookerPrize #FinestFiction

29 Apr

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2015 Man Booker Prize Podcast: Winner Special

In the final episode of our Man Booker Prize Podcast series, host Joe Haddow takes us behind-the-scenes at the Man Booker Prize winner ceremony at London's Guildhall. Joe speaks to VIP guests and captures the buzz in the build-up to the big moment when Marlon James is crowned 2015 winner. Fellow dinner guest, Arifa Akbar of The Independent, recalls the moment Marlon's name is revealed as she was sitting next to him at the table. Joe also speaks to chair of 2015 judges, Michael Wood, about how the panel came to their decision, as well as which TV boxsets they plan to watch now the reading's done and dusted! Lastly Joe is joined by the author-of-the-hour, a slightly hoarse Marlon James, to get his reaction to winning, what his new Man Booker fame means for him, Jamaica and Caribbean literature, and what's next (including a decent night's sleep). Our 2015 series is fittingly rounded off by a clip from A Brief History of Seven Killings – just in case you haven't managed to delve into the book. And then, it's over and out for this year. Thanks for tuning in! Join in the conversation about the winner and what lies ahead for the 2016 prize @ManBookerPrize #FinestFiction Disclaimer: the extract at the end of this podcast from A Brief History of Seven Killings contains explicit content and language.

17 Oct

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2015 Man Booker Prize Podcast - Episode Six

In the sixth and penultimate episode of the Man Booker Prize Podcast series, host Joe Haddow talks to an amazing line-up of guests about first lines, book covers, writing books and reading habits. First Joe speaks to Richard Flanagan about life after winning the Man Booker Prize. They discuss everything from the loudness of Joe's shirt to the impact Richard's winning novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has had on POW veterans. Joe then talks first impressions with Francesca Brown, Books Editor at Stylist magazine. As well as quizzing each other on famous first lines, Joe and Francesca talk about the powerful sway a book cover can have over readers. Finally, Joe is joined by stand-up comic and writer Jenny Eclair, who tells all about her gripping new book, Moving, and how the rules change for writing stand-up versus a novel. This is the latest in the Man Booker Prize Podcast series, an exciting look at the very best from the world of books. Join the conversation at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction. *The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota clip is narrated by Sartaj Garewal and published by Whole Story Audiobooks.

02 Oct

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2015 Man Booker Prize Podcast - The shortlist

In episode five of the Man Booker Podcast series, we celebrate the recently announced 2015 shortlist. Host Joe Haddow catches up with two of the 2015 Man Booker Prize judges, Ellah Allfrey and John Burnside, to find out more about the six books that have made the cut. Then it's into central London for a visit to the bookies with writer and broadcaster Rick Edwards, to have flutter on the shortlisted books and chat to William Hill's bookmaker extraordinaire Graham Sharpe about making the odds. In this bumper shortlist episode, Joe also chats to Man Group's CEO Manny Roman, on supporting the prize and his literary influences before joining former winner much-loved author Dame Penelope Lively at home, as she talks about what it was like to win the prize 28 years ago, in 1987, with Moon Tiger. This is the latest in the Man Booker Prize Podcast series, an exciting look at the very best from the world of books. Join the conversation at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction. **Gambling is very risky and careless gambling can result in the loss of substantial sums of money. For further information on responsible gambling, or if you think you may have a gambling problem, please click here (http://www.gamcare.org.uk/) or here (https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/) Underage gambling is an offence.

18 Sep

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2015 Man Booker Prize Podcast - Episode Four

In episode four of the Man Booker Prize Podcast, we travel to Scotland for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. We join Hungarian-British poet and translator George Szirtes and festival director, Nick Barley, to discuss fiction in translation and the appeal of this year's Man Booker International winner Laszlo Krasznahorkai. George even composes a new ode to Laszlo in tweet form. Host Joe Haddow also speaks with writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes about writing female characters and judging the prize in 2013 (and becoming an honorary Kiwi as a result). Last, but not least, we join musician, DJ and self-confessed bookworm Ana Matronic (of Scissor Sisters fame), who tells all about her love of reading and fascination with robots! This is the latest in the Man Booker Prize Podcast series, an exciting look at the very best from the world of books. Join the conversation at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction.

04 Sep

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2015 Man Booker Prize Podcast - Episode Three

Episode three of the Man Booker podcast features the multi-talented David Baddiel - author, screen-writer, comedian and former Man Booker judge - as he talks about his experience of the prize, writing for children and all things books. Joe Haddow also speaks to two of this year's Man Booker longlisted authors: Marlon James, the first Jamaican-born author to make the Man Booker longlist, and Anna Smaill, one of the three debut authors on list. Jen Campbell, bookseller, author and vlogger extraordinaire, joins Joe to talk about the world of Book Tube and the all-new online book club, the Man Booker Vloggers. This is the latest in the Man Booker Prize Podcast series, an exciting look at the very best from the world of books. Join the conversation at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction.

21 Aug

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2015 Man Booker Prize Podcast - Episode Two

In episode two of the Man Booker Podcast, host Joe Haddow takes an in-depth look at the recently announced 2015 longlist with judges Michael Wood and Sam Leith. Paul Ewen then reveals what advice his fictional character, aspiring author Francis Plug, might have for the 2015 'Man Booker Dozen'. Joe also talks to Chris White, Fiction Buyer at Waterstones, about their Book Club and what makes a cracking summer read and, last but not least, Joe interviews Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests and The Night Watch, about writing, adapting for the screen and what she'd choose as her pick of the Man Booker backlist. The Man Booker Prize Podcast is an exciting new audio series that looks at the very best from the world of books. Join the conversation at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction.

07 Aug

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2015 Man Booker Prize Podcast - Episode One

The Man Booker Prize Podcast is an exciting new audio series that looks at the very best from the world of books. In episode one, host Joe Haddow chats with Viv Groskop about her love of Richard Flanagan's 2014 winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and discusses what it's like to whittle down over 100 books to the Man Booker dozen with former judge and author, Louise Doughty. Other highlights include Richard Flanagan's stunned reaction to winning last year and an inside look at one of the big book stories of the summer, the publication of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman. The 2015 Man Booker Prize longlist is announced on 29 July, the shortlist on 15 September and the winner on 13 October. Join the conversation at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction.

24 Jul

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2015 Man Booker Prize Podcast - Introduction

The Man Booker Prize Podcast is an exciting new audio series that looks at the very best from the world of books. Hosted by Joe Haddow, there will be seven fortnightly episodes going out on alternate Friday mornings from 24th July through to the winner announcement in October. Building on the rich heritage of the prize, the 2015 Man Booker Podcasts will provide engaging content that is as entertaining as it is intelligent. The 2015 longlist will be announced on 29 July, the shortlist on 15 September and the winner on 13 October. Join the conversation about the 2015 Man Booker Prize at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction.

21 Jul

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - Extract

An audio recording of the Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlisted We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

02 Oct

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To Rise Again At A Decent Hour - Joshua Ferris - Extract

An audio recording of the Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlisted To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

02 Oct

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The Narrow Road To The Deep North - Richard Flanagan - Extract

An audio recording of the Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlisted The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan

02 Oct

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The Lives Of Others - Neel Mukherjee - Extract

An audio recording of the Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlisted The Lives Of Others by Neel Mukherjee

02 Oct

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J - Howard Jacobson - Extract

An audio recording of the Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlisted J by Howard Jacobson

02 Oct

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How To Be Both - Ali Smith - Audio Extract

A recording of an extract from Ali Smith's 2014 shortlisted How to be Both

01 Oct

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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The Harvest by Jim Crace

The Harvest by Jim Crace by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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Jhumpa Lahriri: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview

Jhumpa Lahriri: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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Ruth Ozeki: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview

Ruth Ozeki: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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Colm Toibin: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview

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02 Oct

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Noviolet Bulawayo: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview

Noviolet Bulawayo: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview by Man Booker Prize

02 Oct

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Jim Crace: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview

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02 Oct

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Eleanor Catton: Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Interview

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02 Oct

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Tan Twan Eng: Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist Interview

Listen to an audio interview with Tan Twan Eng, 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author on his novel The Garden of Evening Mists. For more information about the Man Booker Prize visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com/

12 Oct

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Will Self: Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist Interview

Listen to an audio interview with Will Self, 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author on his novel Umbrella. For more information about the Man Booker Prize visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com/

12 Oct

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Jeet Thayil: Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist Interview

Listen to an audio interview with Jeet Thayil, 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author on his novel Narcopolis. For more information about the Man Booker Prize visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com/

12 Oct

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Hilary Mantel: Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist interview

Listen to an audio interview with Hilary Mantel, 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author on her novel Bring Up The Bodies. For more information about the Man Booker Prize visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com/

12 Oct

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Deborah Levy: Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist Interview

Listen to an audio interview with Deborah Levy, 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author on her novel Swimming Home. For more information about the Man Booker Prize visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com/

12 Oct

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Alison Moore: Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist interview

Listen to an audio interview with Alison Moore, 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author on her novel The Lighthouse. For more information about the Man Booker Prize visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com/

12 Oct

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Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Listen to audio extracts from the six shortlisted novels for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

09 Oct

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The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

Listen to audio extracts from the six shortlisted novels for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

09 Oct

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Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

Listen to audio extracts from the six shortlisted novels for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

09 Oct

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Umbrella by Will Self

Listen to audio extracts from the six shortlisted novels for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

09 Oct

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The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Listen to audio extracts from the six shortlisted novels for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

09 Oct

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Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Listen to audio extracts from the six shortlisted novels for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

09 Oct

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Cheltenham Festival - The 2011 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 was won by Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending, published by Jonathon Cape. The shortlist was as follows:- Carol Birch - Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate) Patrick deWitt - The Sisters Brothers (Granta Books) Esi Edugyan - Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail) Stephen Kelman - Pigeon English (Bloomsbury) A D Miller - Snowdrops (Atlantic Books) This audio is taken from an event from Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 14:00. 2011 Man Booker Prize shortlisted authors Carol Birch, Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan, Stephen Kelman and A D Miller joined Man Booker Prizes Literary Director Ion Trewin to discuss and read from their shortlisted novels and answer questions. We will be welcoming some of the most exciting names in contemporary fiction as 2011 Man Booker Prize shortlisted authors Carol Birch, Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan, Stephen Kelman and A D Miller join Man Booker Prizes Literary Director Ion Trewin to discuss and read from their shortlisted novels and answer your questions.

13 Feb

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The Man Booker International Prize 2011 Winner Podcast (Philip Roth)

Subscribe to us for a series of podcasts throughout the year, as we move towards the award of the prestigious Man Booker Prize on October 18 2011. We'll feature news, discussions, interviews with nominated writers and competitions. For further information on the prize visit the Man Booker Prizes website and Facebook pages. (www.manbookerprize.com / www.facebook.com/ManBookerPrize) And join us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/manbookerprize)

04 Nov

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Man Booker Prize Winner Podcast (Julian Barnes - The Sense Of An Ending)

Subscribe to us for a series of podcasts throughout the year, as we move towards the award of the prestigious Man Booker Prize on October 18 2011. We'll feature news, discussions, interviews with nominated writers and competitions. For further information on the prize visit the Man Booker Prizes website and Facebook pages. (www.manbookerprize.com / www.facebook.com/ManBookerPrize) And join us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/manbookerprize)

04 Nov

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Dame Stella Rimington presents Julian Barnes the Man Booker Prize 2011

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 was won by Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending, published by Jonathon Cape. His award was presented by Dame Stella Rimington. 9.40pm October 18 2011

19 Oct

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2011 Man Booker Prize, Waterstone's Event, Q&A

The Q&A hosted by the BBC's Tom Sutcliffe with five of the shortlisted authors of the 2011 Man Booker Prize. The event was held on 17 October 2011, the night before the main event, at the IET on Savoy Place in London, and was organised by Waterstone's.

18 Oct

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Podcast Edition 2.6 (A.D. Miller - Snowdrops)

Subscribe to us for a series of podcasts throughout the year, as we move towards the award of the prestigious Man Booker Prize on October 18 2011. We'll feature news, discussions, interviews with nominated writers and competitions. For further information on the prize visit the Man Booker Prizes website and Facebook pages. (www.manbookerprize.com / www.facebook.com/ManBookerPrize) And join us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/manbookerprize)

17 Oct

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Podcast Edition 2.5 (Stephen Kelman - Pigeon English)

Subscribe to us for a series of podcasts throughout the year, as we move towards the award of the prestigious Man Booker Prize on October 18 2011. We'll feature news, discussions, interviews with nominated writers and competitions. For further information on the prize visit the Man Booker Prizes website and Facebook pages. (www.manbookerprize.com / www.facebook.com/ManBookerPrize) And join us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/manbookerprize)

17 Oct

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Podcast Edition 2.1 (Julian Barnes - The Sense Of An Ending)

Subscribe to us for a series of podcasts throughout the year, as we move towards the award of the prestigious Man Booker Prize on October 18 2011. We'll feature news, discussions, interviews with nominated writers and competitions. For further information on the prize visit the Man Booker Prizes website and Facebook pages. (www.manbookerprize.com / www.facebook.com/ManBookerPrize) And join us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/manbookerprize)

17 Oct

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Podcast Edition 2.4 (Esi Edugyan - Half Blood Blues)

Subscribe to us for a series of podcasts throughout the year, as we move towards the award of the prestigious Man Booker Prize on October 18 2011. We'll feature news, discussions, interviews with nominated writers and competitions. For further information on the prize visit the Man Booker Prizes website and Facebook pages. (www.manbookerprize.com / www.facebook.com/ManBookerPrize) And join us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/manbookerprize)

17 Oct

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Podcast Edition 2.3 (Patrick deWitt - The Sisters Brothers)

Subscribe to us for a series of podcasts throughout the year, as we move towards the award of the prestigious Man Booker Prize on October 18 2011. We'll feature news, discussions, interviews with nominated writers and competitions. For further information on the prize visit the Man Booker Prizes website and Facebook pages. (www.manbookerprize.com / www.facebook.com/ManBookerPrize) And join us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/manbookerprize)

17 Oct

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Podcast Edition 2.2 (Carol Birch - Jamrach's Menagerie)

Subscribe to us for a series of podcasts throughout the year, as we move towards the award of the prestigious Man Booker Prize on October 18 2011. We'll feature news, discussions, interviews with nominated writers and competitions. For further information on the prize visit the Man Booker Prizes website and Facebook pages. (www.manbookerprize.com / www.facebook.com/ManBookerPrize) And join us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/manbookerprize)

17 Oct

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Hermoine Lee accepts Man Booker International Prize on behalf of Philip Roth

Philip Roth was honoured as the winner of The Man Booker International Prize 2011 at an awards dinner held at Banqueting House, Whitehall on Tuesday 28 June. Roth was unable to attend and the prize was accepted on his behalf by author and academic Hermione Lee

05 Jul

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