Over a hot July weekend we explored and celebrated the finest fiction of yesterday, today and tomorrow at a festival dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize.
For half a century, the Man Booker Prize has recognised many of the defining novels of our times. In 2018, Southbank Centre and the Booker Prize Foundation presented a weekend-long festival of talks, readings and masterclasses featuring leading authors from the Man Booker Prize's history.
We heard from past winners, shortlisted authors and other cultural luminaries as they discussed their books, the inspiration they have drawn from each other, and the changing world that their fiction reflects. Hilary Mantel, Julian Barnes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Pat Barker and Peter Carey were just a few of the festival highlights.
We delved into a range of topics, including the role of the literary novel in the age of social media, how far novelists can go with experiments in form and narrative, the future of the novel and what makes a great literary adaptation.