Talks & debates

Kamila Shamsie, DBC Pierre & Andrew O'Hagan

Part of Man Booker 50

Rethink the world in this discussion of literature, belonging and identity with Kamila Shamsie, Andrew O'Hagan, and DBC Pierre.

The novel has traditionally explored and celebrated experiences in a singular time and place but, as we live in an increasingly connected world, how can the novel reflect this experience?

Exploring how the novel can comment on this growing and interconnected world, Kamila Shamsie, Andrew O’Hagan and DBC Pierre come together to discuss belonging, identity and charting characters whose lives are scattered across the globe in their fiction.

Chaired by Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation.

Kamila Shamsie was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her novel Home Fire. She is one of the five judges selecting the Golden Man Booker winner as part of the prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

She is the author of seven novels, including In the City by the Sea; Kartography (shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan's Academy of Letters.

Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.

DBC Pierre won the Man Booker Prize in 2003 for Vernon God Little, which also won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman Award and James Joyce Award from University College Dublin.

He is the author of Ludmila's Broken English and Lights Out in Wonderland, the picture book for distracted adults Petit Mal and the Hammer novella Breakfast.

In 2016, Faber & Faber launched Release the Bats, a memoir and practical guide to breaking through in fiction without killing yourself. Pierre is a regular contributor to New Philosopher magazine and divides his time between the UK and Ireland.

Andrew O'Hagan was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Our Fathers in 1999 and longlisted in 2015 for The Illuminations.

In 2003, he was voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. O’Hagan has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the E M Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.

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