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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.

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The Booker Prizes The Booker Prizes

    • Arts

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 2019 Booker Prize Winners Episode

    The 2019 Booker Prize Winners Episode

    In our 2019 Booker Prize winner podcast, Joe Haddow speaks to one of this year’s winners, Bernardine Evaristo, on feeling ‘dazed and amazed’ about her success, the importance of writing about many black British women, and what the future holds post-Booker Prize win. We also hear the winning speeches from both Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo live from the Guildhall.
    We spoke to a few guests ahead of the announcement, including 2004 Man Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst, actress Elizabeth McGovern, Sir Peter Bazalgette and book blogger Simon Savidge about who they thought would take the trophy.
    The night before the winner announcement we headed to Southbank Centre and caught up with event host Natalie Haynes and shortlisted authors Salman Rushdie and Chigozie Obioma.

    • 46 min
    2019 Booker Prize Episode 3

    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.

    • 40 min
    2019 Booker Prize Shortlist Episode

    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

    • 42 min
    2019 Booker Prize Longlist Episode

    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.

    • 42 min
    2019 Man Booker International Prize winner podcast

    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.

    • 29 min
    2019 Man Booker International Prize shortlist episode

    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.

    • 37 min

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The interviewees (aside from nominees themselves) appear to be less and less relevant. Maybe this is an attempt to appeal to a less literary listener? Not sure but enjoying this season less than others. Would also love to hear some controversy. As this is the official booker podcast it’s all very positive but seems to ignore the criticism on the choices and politics behind. Would be really interesting to hear that explored - is. Lanny’s omission from the longlist.

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