In our next podcast episode, host Joe Haddow takes us to the Man Booker 50 Festival held at Southbank Centre the weekend of 6-8 July.
In this star studded episode Joe talks to previous Man Booker Prize winners about what impact the victory has had on their career. Joe catches up with 2007 winner Anne Enright, 2010 winner Howard Jacobson, who emphasise the importance of the novel nowadays. He then talks to 2016 winner Paul Beatty and 1993 winner Roddy Doyle.
We then head to the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre where Baroness Helena Kennedy QC proclaims The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje the winner of this special one-off award.
Joe then talks to the judge of the 1990s, Kamila Shamsie, who shares her views on the winning novel and the importance it had on her life.
Joe then speaks with Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was invited to read passages from the shortlisted novels alongside with fellow actors Fiona Shaw, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Meera Syal.
In the next episode of the Man Booker podcasts out on 20th July, Joe will catch up with previous winners Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James, Eleanor Catton, Colm Toibin, Ben Okri and many more.
Stay tuned for the 2018 Man Booker longlist, which will be announced on Tuesday 24th July.