Man Booker 50

6 Jul 2018 - 8 Jul 2018

Over a hot July weekend we explored and celebrated the finest fiction of yesterday, today and tomorrow at a festival dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize.

For half a century, the Man Booker Prize has recognised many of the defining novels of our times. In 2018, Southbank Centre and the Booker Prize Foundation presented a weekend-long festival of talks, readings and masterclasses featuring leading authors from the Man Booker Prize's history.

We heard from past winners, shortlisted authors and other cultural luminaries as they discussed their books, the inspiration they have drawn from each other, and the changing world that their fiction reflects. Hilary Mantel, Julian Barnes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Pat Barker and Peter Carey were just a few of the festival highlights.

We delved into a range of topics, including the role of the literary novel in the age of social media, how far novelists can go with experiments in form and narrative, the future of the novel and what makes a great literary adaptation.

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Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction
Listen to the second episode of our literary podcast, recorded backstage at Man Booker 50
Listen to a discussion of family dynamics, memory and desire, from two Booker Prize-winning authors
Listen to two Booker Prize-winning writers discuss how historical fiction can shed light on our present
Listen to the novelists discuss how fiction can capture lives on the margins of history
Enjoy fantastic fiction and powerful prose selected by literary experts.
Read our rapid-fire interview with the two-time Booker Prize-winning author
Discover the books on the shortlist and what drove the judges to select them
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast series as we look back at past Man Booker Prize winners

more from Man Booker 50

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Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction
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Listen to two Booker Prize-winning writers discuss how historical fiction can shed light on our present