Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: 50 years of Man Booker

Direct from the home of literature and spoken word events in the UK we bring you a new monthly podcast: Southbank Centre's Book Podcast. Whether you’ve missed your favourite author onstage, want to relive the moment, or hear about current trends and debates in the literary world, we’ve distilled it all here for you.

In this first episode we look ahead to July’s Man Booker 50 festival, which celebrates 50 years of the Man Booker Prize. Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word, Ted Hodgkinson brings together extracts from Southbank Centre talks with four previous Man Booker Prize-winning authors - Eleanor Catton, Richard Flanagan, Marlon James and George Saunders - and speaks in depth with the Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gaby Wood.

Four Man Booker Prize-winning Novelists by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast

I grew up reading the Victorians, my first exposure to the novel were the Victorian novels…. One of the things that Charles Dickens did is tell a really big story through the so-called marginal people. Whether it’s Oliver Twist or Bleak House, these aren’t the people that make the history books, but they make history.
Marlon James, 2015 Man Booker Prize winner, speaking at Southbank Centre

Packed full of talks with some of the world’s most celebrated novelists, the Man Booker 50 festival takes place at Southbank Centre 6 - 8 July 2018. Highlights include talks between Julian Barnes & Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel & Pat Barker, Kazuo Ishiguro & Michael Ondaatje, and the closing event of the festival, Golden Man Booker Live, which crowns the best of the winning novels from the last five decades.

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