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The Golden Man Booker Prize - Episode 2
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In the second episode of the Golden Man Booker podcasts, host Joe Haddow continues the journey through the shortlisted novels for this special prize. Joe catches up with Simon Mayo about his selected shortlist novel from the 2010s, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and with Lemn Sissay about the 1987 winner Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. Joe then talks to Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer, Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, about the upcoming Man Booker 50 Festival and Dotti Irving, Chief Executive of Four Culture, who’s been involved with the prize for over 25 years.

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The Golden Man Booker Prize - Episode 1
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In the first episode of our Golden Man Booker Prize podcasts, host Joe Haddow delves into this one-off spacial anniversary prize's shortlist. We start with judge Simon Mayo announcing the 'Golden Five' shortlist live at Hay Festival. Joe then catches up with judges Robert McCrum about his selected shortlisted novel from the 1970s, In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul, Hollie McNish about the 2017 winner Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and the recently announced winner of the Women's Prize For Fiction, Kamila Shamsie on her selected novel from the 1990s The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. You can vote online at www.themanbookerprize.com/vote for your favourite of the 'Golden Five' to win (voting open 26th May - 25th June 2018) The winner is announced on 8th July at the Man Booker 50 Festival at Southbank Centre London - Tickets available from the Southbank Centre website #ManBooker50

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Episode 2: The Man Booker International Prize 2018 winner podcast
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In the second episode of our two Man Booker International Prize 2018 podcasts, host Joe Haddow delves into this year's shortlisted books with actor and author Charlie Higson and the Writers in Translation Programme Manager from English PEN, Theodora Danek. We then head to the Victoria & Albert Museum for the exciting winner ceremony, where Joe catches up with shortlisted translator Frank Wynne and journalist and TV personality Ian Hislop.  We also hear from László Krasznahorkai, who was awarded the prize in 2015 and shortlisted this year for The World Goes On, who discusses the effect of the award on writers in their native countries. Last but certainly not least, Joe speaks to this year’s winning author Olga Tokarczuk and translator Jennifer Croft to see how they feel just 24 hours after the award. They discuss Olga’s novel Flights, the impact they feel the prize will have on her career and what her upcoming projects are. Join the conversation on our social media channels @ManBookerPrize #FinestFiction

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Episode 1: Man Booker International Prize 2018 shortlist announcement
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The first Man Booker podcast of 2018 listen in as the shortlist is announced live from Somerset House and Joe Haddow speaks with various guests

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast - winner episode
Man Booker Prize

In the final episode of series three, listen to the announcement live from the Guildhall before Joe Haddow speaks former prize-winner Roddy Doyle about his win back in 1993. Joe is then joined Gemma Cairney on the green room sofa at the Southbank Centre author readings event, the evening before the winner announcement. Next, we venture behind the scenes at the winner ceremony itself, to speak to shortlistees Paul Auster and Ali Smith, former chair of judges Michael Wood, and chair of the 2017 judges Lola, Baroness Young. Last but certainly not least, we catch up with this year’s winner George Saunders to see how he’s feeling just 24 hours after his win. He reveals the most valuable aspect of the prize to him is its confidence building and how his wife is always the ideal reader he turns to while writing.

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast - Episode five
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In the fifth episode of our 2017 series we go behind the scenes at this year’s BFI London Film Festival launch. First Joe catches up with Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, film critic for the Metro on what makes an adaptation successful, and why Man Booker books lend themselves to the silver screen. Next Joe speaks to director Isaac Julien and producer Mark Nash about their docudrama Franz Fannon: Black Skin White Mask which delves into the life of the ground-breaking Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist. Then he talks to Tupaq Felber, director and producer of Tides which was made for just £3,000 in 3 days. Last but certainly not least, Joe is joined by CEO of the BFI and self-confessed bookworm Amanda Nevill.

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast – The shortlist
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In this episode of our 2017 podcast host Joe Haddow takes us through the six books which made the cut with two of this year’s judges, artist Tom Philips and author Sarah Hall, and goes behind the scenes at the shortlist party to catch up with authors Ali Smith and Fiona Mozley, plus radio presenter Jim Naughtie. We also sit in on TV presenter Mel Giedroyc’s Bibliotherapy session, where she receives a prescription of books from the School Of Life. And as if that wasn’t enough, Joe peruses the bookshelves of singer-songwriter Lucy Rose.

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast - Episode three
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In the third episode of our 2017 series we head to Edinburgh International Book Festival to catch up with two of our longlisted authors Paul Auster and Sebastian Barry, and go behind the scenes at the Man Booker International Prize 2017 winner event* featuring David Grossman. First, Joe Haddow speaks to longlisted author Paul Auster about an outing in the woods at fourteen years old which changed his life and how the luckiest decision he ever made was letting himself fall for his wife, fellow writer Siri Hustvedt. Then Sebastian Barry compares the moment he was told the news to his first longlisting in 2005 when he nearly swung off the M50 motorway and reveals Days Without End is dedicated to his son. As a closing treat David Grossman reads from A Horse Walks into a Bar in his mother tongue Hebrew. *Credit: Edinburgh International Book Festival

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast - Episode two - The longlist
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In the longlist episode of our 2017 Man Booker Prize podcast our judges Lila Azam Zanganeh and Colin Thubron CBE take us through the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of thirteen books that have made the cut this year. First host Joe Haddow speaks to performance poet and Children's author Laura Dockrill about her inspiration for writing and she reads a poem called ‘Oh the World’ from her poetry collection My Mum's Growing Down. Then the 2017 judges also reveal how the process has transformed the way they read. Colin tells us he knew it was a good novel if it kept him awake as he embarked on the challenge horizontally, whilst Lila discusses the art of quick reading.

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 podcast – Episode one (series three)
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The Man Booker podcast is back for series three and in our first episode Joe Haddow catches up with TV host and literary lover Dermot O'Leary about where his reading journey started and his childhood obsession with Roald Dahl. We hear what 2016 winner Paul Beatty had to say about life post Man Booker at a special event held at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York. Ahead of the longlist announcement Joe also speaks to Chair of this year's judges, Baroness Lola Young, about the mixture of intellectual debate, fun and sense of responsibility in the meetings with her co-judges. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2017 and #FinestFiction.

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The Man Booker International Prize 2017 winner podcast
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In the final episode of our two Man Booker International Prize 2017 podcasts, host Joe Haddow speaks to translator Jessica Cohen who describes living with and dreaming about the characters in winning book A Horse Walks into a Bar, and author David Grossman as he recounts the call he received from the President of Israel to congratulate him on winning the prize, whose wife screamed with joy when she heard the news. We also hear from actor Toby Jones and former Man Booker International judge Ruth Padel who took part in our Translation at its Finest event at Foyles in London earlier in the week. Joe also takes us backstage at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the winner ceremony and speaks to 2010 Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson, shortlisted author Samanta Schweblin and her translator Megan McDowell, last year’s winning translator Deborah Smith (The Vegetarian) and actress Fiona Shaw.

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The Man Booker International Prize 2017 shortlist podcast
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In the very first of two special Man Booker International Prize 2017 podcasts, we celebrate the 2017 shortlist that takes readers around the globe and to the frontier of translated fiction. First we take you behind the scenes at the party at Kensington Gardens in London, where the shortlist was announced live for the first time. Next host Joe Haddow delves into this year's shortlisted books with two members of the judging panel - Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and 2017 chair Nick Barley and award-winning poet Helen Mort. Finally we head to London Book Fair, which this year was focused on work from Poland. Joe catches up with Madrid-based American writer and translator Lawrence Schimel to discuss how translated fiction is doing in our market today. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #MBI2017 #FinestFiction

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 winner podcast
Man Booker Prize

In the final episode of our series host Joe Haddow takes us behind-the-scenes at the winner ceremony and speaks to the winner Paul Beatty. First he catches up with comedian Sara Pascoe after she hosted our shortlist readings at the Southbank Centre. Sara discusses the contenders and tells us how books blow her mind. Next Joe speaks to VIP guests at London’s Guildhall in the build-up to the big reveal, including shortlisted author Ottessa Moshfegh and Editor for the Guardian Alice O’Keefe. After the press conference, Joe is joined by Chair of the judges Amanda Foreman and Literary Director Gaby Wood. Lastly, Joe speaks with the winner himself Paul Beatty who reveals how LA, the setting of The Sellout, is always changing and that winning hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Disclaimer: This podcast contains explicit language.

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 podcast - Pre-winner Episode
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In the penultimate episode of our 2016 series, we look at what makes a winner with Ben Okri. First, Joe Haddow is joined by Catherine Taylor, Deputy Director of English PEN and Anna Fielding, Editor of Emerald Street to discuss former Man Booker winner Margaret Atwood and the duty of writers to question the status quo. Then we take a trip down to local betting shop Ladbrokes with PR Manager Alex Donohue, to find out how the odds are looking for this year's shortlisted authors. Last but certainly not least, Joe talks to poet, author and former Man Booker Prize winner, Ben Okri who gives his advice to this year’s winner and tells us that the size of a book has nothing to do with its value. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 podcast - Pre-winner Episode
Man Booker Prize

In the penultimate episode of our 2016 series, we look at what makes a winner with Ben Okri. First, Joe Haddow is joined by Catherine Taylor, Deputy Director of English PEN and Anna Fielding, Editor of Emerald Street to discuss former Man Booker winner Margaret Atwood and the duty of writers to question the status quo. Then we take a trip down to local betting shop Ladbrokes with PR Manager Alex Donohue, to find out how the odds are looking for this year's shortlisted authors. Last but certainly not least, Joe talks to poet, author and former Man Booker Prize winner, Ben Okri who gives his advice to this year’s winner and tells us that the size of a book has nothing to do with its value. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 shortlist podcast
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In our bumper shortlist episode, we hear about the six novels which made the cut. First we head to the press conference at Man Group Plc, where host Joe Haddow speaks to BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones about what draws the books together: experimentation and unsympathetic characters. Next Joe is joined by two of this year’s judges, writer and academic Jon Day and actor Olivia Williams, who compare the judging process to 12 Angry Men and describe their families as the unsung heroes of the process. Olivia talks about acting in literary adaptations and what it’s like to star alongside Bill Murray, whilst Jon discusses his former career as a cycle courier! Finally we go behind-the-scenes at the Serpentine Pavilion during the shortlist party to hear reactions from Waterstones Fiction Buyer Chris White and two of the shortlisted authors. Graeme Macrae Burnet tells us the importance of independent voices in the world of literature and Deborah Levy reveals she always wears a swimming costume to parties! Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 podcast - Edinburgh Festival special
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In the third episode of our 2016 series, we bring you a snapshot of the Edinburgh festival season. First, host Joe Haddow catches up with two of our longlisted authors, Wyl Menmuir and Madeleine Thien, who were at the Edinburgh International Book Festival whilst he was in town. Then we go behind the scenes at the Man Booker International Prize event* and hear from 2016 judge Daniel Medin and winning translator Deborah Smith, who discuss the vibrant reception to The Vegetarian in South Korea (including billboards of Han Kang’s face). Joe meets with author and former book festival ticket ripper Maggie O’Farrell, who reveals how the festival has changed over the years. Finally, Joe heads to the Fringe, where he speaks to comedian and author Mark Watson who explains why novels should be seen as much more than a holiday occupation. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction *Credit: Edinburgh International Book Festival

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 podcast - Episode Two
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In the second episode of our 2016 series, we look at the podcast renaissance and discover the shows you should be downloading. First, Joe Haddow is joined by the stars of Literary Friction, Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright, who equate a good podcast to the best dinner party ever and reveal which Man Booker Prize author they would love to interview. Then we take you through snippets from the 2016 longlist to help you decide which to read next. Finally, Joe catches up with Harry Shearer, Spinal Tap legend, voice of The Simpsons and host of Le Show, who talks podcasts, politics and books (and how Melvyn Bragg helps him sleep). Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 longlist podcast
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The Man Booker Prize podcast series is back and in our first episode with a musical twist we delve into the newly announced 2016 longlist. Host Joe Haddow speaks to two of this year’s judges Amanda Foreman (chair) and Abdulrazak Gurnah who take us through each book on the longlist and explain how whittling down 155 submissions has transformed them into very fast, efficient readers! Then Joe talks to 2000 Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams who discusses her Sylvia Plath inspired album Hypoxia. Last but certainly not least we head to Daunt Books in Marylebone where The Bookshop Band with a vast Man Booker repertoire give us a special performance. Join in the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #ManBooker2016 and #FinestFiction

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Man Booker International Prize 2016 winner podcast
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In our winner episode of the Man Booker International Prize podcast we go behind-the-scenes at the 2016 winner ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London where South Korean writer Han Kang and her translator Deborah Smith are crowned the winners with The Vegetarian. Host Joe Haddow speaks to VIP guests in the dazzling atmosphere before and after the announcement, including TV presenter Anne Robinson and her daughter Emma Wilson, and 1991 Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri OBE. Joe also gets the chance to speak to the winning author and translator team. Deborah tells us how emotional she felt on hearing the news and that she’s afraid to look back at any footage, whilst Kang remained calm and collected on stage. They reveal that a lifelong friendship has blossomed between them through working on the book together. Finally, we hear from Andre Breedt from Nielsen Book commissioned by the Man Booker International Prize to delve into the growth of translated fiction. Join the conversation @ManBookerPrize with #MBI2016 and #FinestFiction

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