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Alan Hollinghurst & Marlon James: Hidden Histories

Part of Man Booker 50

Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James discuss their fictional depictions of two opposing worlds set in contrasting eras.

Two outstanding writers come together to consider their commonalities in their explicit portrayal of gay sexuality and the political, cultural and sexual climates of their novels’ times: the affluent London of Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s and the violent world of Jamaican gangsters in 1970s Kingston.

Chaired by Rebecca Jones, BBC Arts Correspondent.

Alan Hollinghurst won the Man Booker Prize in 2004 for The Line of Beauty, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994 for The Folding Star and longlisted in 2011 for The Stranger’s Child.

He has published three other novels, including The Swimming-Pool Library (1988) and The Sparsholt Affair which was published last year. Hollinghurst was born in 1954 and lives in London.

Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for A Brief History of Seven Killings which also won the American Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It is currently being adapted for Amazon Studios.

James is the author of the award-winning John Crow’s Devil and The Book of Night Women. He was born in Jamaica and is currently Writer-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at Macalester College, Minnesota, United States

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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