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Listen for lively conversations and fascinating insights from the Booker Prizes. We revisit winning novels from years past, speak to authors and experts from the literary world and peer behind the curtain of the International Booker Prize and Booker Prize.

The Booker Prize Podcast The Booker Prize

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Listen for lively conversations and fascinating insights from the Booker Prizes. We revisit winning novels from years past, speak to authors and experts from the literary world and peer behind the curtain of the International Booker Prize and Booker Prize.

    International Booker Prize 2024 Winner Special

    International Booker Prize 2024 Winner Special

    Earlier this week, author Jenny Erpenbeck and translator Michael Hofmann were announced as the winners of the International Booker Prize 2024, for the novel, Kairos. Jenny and Michael join Jo and James to talk about whether their win has truly sunk in yet and what might be next, and administrator of the International Booker Prize, Fiammetta Rocco also joins to give some insight into how the prize works. It's our last episode of this season of The Booker Prize Podcast so make sure you don't miss this one – but all our previous episodes will continue to be available so you can listen whenever you want.

    Find out more about Kairos: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/kairos

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    • 43 min
    The International Booker Prize 2024 Shortlist (Part 2)

    The International Booker Prize 2024 Shortlist (Part 2)

    With under a week until the International Booker Prize 2024 ceremony, we're back with the second part of our deep dive into this year's six shortlist books. Listen in to hear what Jo and James think of the remaining three books on the list, common themes that run across the shortlisted reads and which book they want to see win the award.
     
    In this episode Jo and James discuss:

    Brief biographies of each author, and short summaries of each book

    Their thoughts on the three books books discussed in this episode

    The common themes running through these books

    Which book they think might win


    Reading list:


    Mater 2-10 by Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell and Youngjae Josephine Bae: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/mater-2-10



    Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior, translated by Johnny Lorenz: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/crooked-plow



    Not a River by Selva Almada, translated by Annie McDermott: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/not-a-river



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    • 55 min
    The International Booker Prize 2024 Shortlist (Part 1)

    The International Booker Prize 2024 Shortlist (Part 1)

    We're three weeks away from the International Booker Prize 2024 award ceremony, so we thought it was high time to take a deep dive into this year's six shortlist books. In the first of two parts, we're exploring three of the books on this week's podcast episode. Listen in to hear what Jo and James make of them, common themes that run across the shortlisted reads and how the International Booker can expand one's world through literature.
     
    In this episode Jo and James discuss:

    Their initial thoughts on the 2024 shortlist as a whole

    The common themes running through these books

    Brief biographies of each author, and short summaries of each book

    Their thoughts on the three books books discussed in this episode


    Reading list:


    The Details by Ia Genberg, translated by Kira Josefsson: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/the-details



    Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Michael Hofmann: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/kairos



    What I'd Rather Not Think About by Jente Posthuma, translated by Sarah Timmer Harvey: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/what-id-rather-not-think-about



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    • 52 min
    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan: April's Monthly Spotlight

    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan: April's Monthly Spotlight

    Esi Edugyan’s thrilling novel follows the astonishing adventures of its titular character, Washington Black, whose escape from the brutal cane plantations of Barbados was only the beginning. Shortlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and set to be released as a glitzy television adaptation starring Sterling K Brown and co-produced by Edugyan later this year, what better excuse to dive into the novel?

    In this episode Jo and James:

    Introduce our April Monthly Spotlight pick

    Share a brief biography of Esi Edugyan and her work to date

    Summarise the novel

    Discuss the plot and their thoughts

    Suggest the kind of reader who will love the book


    Reading list:

    The Second Life of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan

    Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/half-blood-blues


    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/washington-black


    Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby

    The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/the-amber-spyglass


    Any Human Heart by William Boyd: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/any-human-heart


    This Other Eden by Paul Harding: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/this-other-eden



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    • 35 min
    Empire of the Sun or Hotel du Lac: The Booker vs the Bookies

    Empire of the Sun or Hotel du Lac: The Booker vs the Bookies

    In 1984, many assumed that J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun had the Booker Prize in the bag. But actually, it was Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac that clinched the prize in the end. This week, we're exploring the bookies' favourite vs the Booker winner to ask which book should have won: Brookner's short, quiet novel set in a genteel Swiss hotel or Ballard's long and action-packed autobiographical epic set in wartime Shanghai.

    In this episode Jo and James:

    Discuss the Booker Prize 1984 shortlist

    Share a brief biography of Anita Brookner

    Summarise the plot of Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac

    Explore the characters in Brookner's novel

    Share a brief biography of J.G. Ballard

    Summarise the plot of Empire of the Sun

    Who should read these books

    Discuss their thoughts on both novels and which they think should have won the Booker Prize 1984


    Reading list:

    Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/empire-of-the-sun


    Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/hotel-du-lac


    Small World by David Lodge: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/small-world


    Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/flauberts-parrot


    In Custody by Anita Desai: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/in-custody


    According to Mark by Penelope Lively: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/according-to-mark



    A full transcript of the episode is available at our website: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/features/the-booker-prize-podcast-episode-37-empire-of-the-sun-or-hotel-du-lac

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    • 56 min
    Announcing the International Booker Prize 2024 longlist

    Announcing the International Booker Prize 2024 longlist

    It's a big week in the literary calendar (if we do say so, ourselves), as we've just announced this year's International Booker Prize longlist. To mark the occasion, James is joined by Fiammetta Rocco, the administrator of the International Booker Prize, and Eleanor Wachtel, chair of the 2024 judging panel. Listen in as they discuss the prize, this year's longlisted books and why translated fiction matters.

    Conversation topics in this episode:

    Fiammetta shares how the International Booker Prize began, and how it works in tandem with the Booker Prize

    The importance of translators

    The surging popularity of translated fiction, especially amongst younger readers

    What it's like to be a judge for the International Booker Prize

    Common themes in contemporary literature across the world

    The 2024 longlist


    Reading list:


    Not a River by Selva Almada, translated by Annie McDermott: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/not-a-river



    Simpatía by Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, translated by Noel Hernández González and Daniel Hahn: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/simpatia



    Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Michael Hofmann: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/kairos



    The Details by Ia Genberg, translated by Kira Josefsson: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/the-details



    White Nights by Urszula Honek, translated by Kate Webster: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/white-nights



    Mater 2-10 by Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell and Youngjae Josephine Bae: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/mater-2-10



    A Dictator Calls by Ismail Kadare, translated by John Hodgson: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/a-dictator-calls



    The Silver Bone by Andrey Kurkov, translated by Boris Dralyuk: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/the-silver-bone



    What I'd Rather Not Think About by Jente Posthuma, translated by Sarah Timmer Harvey: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/what-id-rather-not-think-about



    Lost on Me by Veronica Raimo, translated by Leah Janeczko: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/lost-on-me



    The House on Via Gemito by Domenico Starnone, translated by Oonagh Stransky: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/the-house-on-via-gemito



    Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior, translated by Johnny Lorenz: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/crooked-plow



    Undiscovered by Gabriela Wiener, translated by Julia Sanches: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/undiscovered




    A full transcript of the episode is available at our website.

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    • 39 min

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