Alan Hollinghurst & Marlon James: Hidden Histories

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize, Southbank Centre hosted Man Booker 50, a weekend-long festival of talks, readings and events featuring leading authors from the history of the Prize. 

This podcast is taken from one of those events; Hidden Histories, in which the writers Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James came together to discuss how fiction can capture lives on the margins of history, chaired by BBC Arts Correspondent, Rebecca Jones.

Alan Hollinghurst & Marlon James: Hidden Histories by Southbank Centre: Think Aloud

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Marlon James on the reception to his 2015 Man Booker Prize triumph

In this fascinating podcast the pair discuss the similarities and differences between their methods of writing; whether they would call themselves ‘writers of gay novels’; who can and who can’t use adverbs; how sometimes they can’t finish a book, and the relief when they do, and, how they both appear to be wearing the same socks.


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