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2019 Booker Prize Readings

Meet the 2019 Booker Prize shortlist in an evening of readings and conversation, including Margaret Atwood, Lucy Ellmann, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Salman Rushdie, and Elif Shafak

The Booker Prize is a byword for the finest literary fiction; its roll of shortlisted and winning authors contains some of the greatest writers since 1969.

On the eve of the announcement of the 2019 winner, join this year’s shortlisted authors for an evening of readings and conversation around their novels. The winner of the Booker Prize is announced on Monday 14 October.

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport, Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities, Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte, and Elif Shafak’s 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World have been announced as the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction.

The 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction is chaired by Natalie Haynes and the judges are Afua Hirsch, Liz Calder, Xiaolu Guo and Joanna MacGregor.

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster, highly acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic for her first novel, The Amber Fury. Following this, Haynes published her second novel in 2017, The Children of Jocasta, and her third novel A Thousand Ships in May 2019.

Haynes writes for the Guardian and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Saturday Review, appearing as a team captain on three seasons of Wordaholics, and banging on about Juvenal whenever she gets the chance. Haynes has also hosted her own BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics.

Haynes has previously judges the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, the 2013 Man Booker Prize, and the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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