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Books podcast: What’s the point of the Man Booker Prize?

24 October 2016

11:31 AM

24 October 2016

11:31 AM

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast, we’re talking about tomorrow night’s big announcement: the 2016 Man Booker Prize. This year’s prize — like every year’s, it seems — has caused controversy. What is the prize for? Is it good for the literary culture? And how does the shortlist stand up?

Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout (Oneworld)

Deborah Levy (UK) – Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) – His Bloody Project (Contraband)

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – Eileen (Jonathan Cape)

David Szalay (Canada-UK) – All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)

Madeleine Thien (Canada) – Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

I’m joined by our chief critic Philip Hensher (who has both judged and been shortlisted for the prize) and Sam Jordison (who as well as being a publisher at Galley Beggar Press runs the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize). We’re keeping it clean, people: absolutely no bitching or log-rolling in this podcast. Well, okay: not much…

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