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Hilary Mantel & Pat Barker: Rewriting the Past

Part of Man Booker 50

Hear from two masters of the genre, Hilary Mantel and Pat Barker, as they discuss how historical fiction can shed a light on our present.

The award-winning authors discuss the form and examine the challenges of writing trilogies. They ask the question: can historical fiction reveal a greater truth than history itself?

How do you connect a personal story with the collective past? What can novelists reveal that eludes historians?

Chaired by radio and news presenter James Naughtie.

Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize twice, first for Wolf Hall in 2009 and again for Bring Up the Bodies in 2012.

She is the author of 14 books, including two short story collections, a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost, and various radio dramas. Mantel has won a number of literary prizes.

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies were adapted by the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company, after which Mantel was appointed an RSC Governor.

She lives by the sea in the west of England and is currently working on the third novel in her Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and The Light.

Pat Barker won the Man Booker Prize in 1995 for The Ghost Road. She is the author of many works, including The Regeneration and Life Class Trilogies.

Barker’s next novel The Silence of the Girls is published later this summer. She lives in Durham.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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