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.
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2021 International Booker Longlist Episode
We’re pleased to introduce the first episode on this year’s International Booker Prize podcast. In this episode host Joe Haddow is in conversation with two of the judges for this year Olivette Otele and Aida Edemariam. The trio discuss each of the thirteen longlisted books in depth, exploring their themes and why they believe each one deserves a place on the longlist. Listen Now!
The 2020 Booker Prize winner episode
In our 2020 Booker Prize winner episode, this year's winner Douglas Stuart, author of Shuggie Bain, speaks to host Joe Haddow about the aftermath of his win, from reaching out to English teachers who inspired his love of literature, to his surprise at the global reception of his Glasgow story.
They also discuss the joys and challenges of the creative process and the strangeness of doing publicity in the age of coronavirus. Plus, hear a clip from the winner ceremony, livestreamed from the Roundhouse.
The 2020 Booker Prize pre-winner episode
In our pre-winner episode host Joe Haddow is firstly joined by Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gaby Wood, and Booker Prize Foundation advisory committee member and Director of the National Literacy Trust, Jonathan Douglas CBE. Gaby and Jonathan discuss the exciting new digital plans for celebrating this year’s shortlist and winner. Later, Joe is joined by Bastille frontman Dan Smith. Dan talks to Joe about finding time to read on tour, his favourite bookshop and what he’s reading at the moment.
The 2020 Booker Prize shortlist episode
Host Joe Haddow is joined by two of this year’s judges Lee Child and Emily Wilson as take us through each book on the recently announced 2020 Booker Prize shortlist.
We also hear from each of the shortlisted authors themselves: Diane Cook, author of The New Wilderness; Tsitsi Dangarembga shortlisted for This Mournable Body; author of Burnt Sugar, Avni Doshi; Maaza Mengiste shortlisted for The Shadow King; Douglas Stuart, author of Shuggie Bain; and Brandon Taylor, shortlisted for Real Life, as they react to the news of making it onto the 2020 Booker Prize shortlist.
The 2020 International Booker Prize Winners' episode
Join us for the winners’ episode. Host Joe Haddow talks to 2020 International Booker Prize winners, author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translator Michele Hutchison about their book The Discomfort of Evening and their win. We also remember the virtual celebration, hearing again the speech from Chair of 2020 judges, Ted Hodgkinson. Interpreter Winnie Smith is also present.
This podcast was recorded and produced remotely.
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The 2020 Booker Prize longlist episode
The 2020 Booker Prize longlist has been announced. 13 fantastic titles make up the ‘Booker Dozen’ and podcast host, Joe Haddow explores each novel on the list and the reasons behind the judges’ decision. Joining Joe is chair of judges, Margaret Busby, and fellow judges Lemn Sissay and Sameer Rahim. The 2020 shortlist will be announced on 15 September. Find out more about the longlist here: https://bit.ly/3feClGP
This episode was recorded and produced remotely. Keep up to date with news on the Prize at thebookerprizes.com and @TheBookerPrizes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.