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The Future of the Novel

Part of Man Booker 50

Our final debate explores what the future holds for the novel. What further experimentations might we start to see in genre, narrative and form?

What are the new subject matters and who will be the novelists of the future?

Chaired by Bidisha, Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.

Anne Enright has published three collections of stories, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award as well as the 2007 Man Booker Prize.

The Forgotten Waltz, was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and most recently The Green Road, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the Irish Novel of the Year, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the International Dublin Literary Award.

From 2015 to 2018, Enright was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. She was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works.

David Grossman won the Man Booker International Prize in 2017 for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar and has published over 16 books. His writing has wrestled with the trauma of war, love, jealousy, and family relationships for more than three decades.

Grossman is one of Israel’s most celebrated writers and the winner of countless awards. He lives in Jerusalem.

Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize in 2010 for The Finkler Question and was shortlisted for J in 2014. He is a novelist, critic and broadcaster.

Jacobson is the author of six works of non-fiction and 15 novels, including his latest, Pussy. From 1998 to 2016, he was a columnist for The Independent. A second collection of his columns, The Dog's Last Walk (and Other Pieces), has just been published. Jacobson was born in Manchester and now 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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