2021 Booker Prize Shortlist Readings
Meet the 2021 Booker Prize-shortlisted authors in an evening of readings and conversation, chaired by Alex Clark.
The Booker Prize is synonymous with the finest literary fiction; it has recognised and celebrated many of the greatest novels of the last half-century.
As the finale of the London Literature Festival, this exclusive event brings together the shortlisted authors ahead of the announcement of the winner in early November.
The shortlisted authors (and their books) are:
Anuk Arudpragasam (A Passage North)
Damon Galgut (The Promise)
Patricia Lockwood (No One Is Talking About This)
Nadifa Mohamed (The Fortune Men)
Richard Powers (Bewilderment)
Maggie Shipstead (Great Circle)
Alex Clark is a journalist and critic, and was on the judging panel of the 2008 Booker Prize.
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