Man Booker Prize

Books Podcast: Richard Flanagan

30 November 2017 12:51

This week in the books podcast I’m talking to Richard Flanagan, the Man Booker prize winning author of Gould’s Book of…

What our critics thought of the books on the Man Booker shortlist

13 September 2017 16:39

The Man Booker shortlist is out. My colleague Philip Hensher isn’t convinced. He today tweeted ‘Booker shortlist – McGregor, Z…

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

24 October 2016 11:31

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast, we’re talking about tomorrow night’s big announcement: the 2016 Man Booker Prize. This year’s…

Instant commentary on the Man Booker longlist is unavoidably stupid

27 July 2016 14:39

So, the 2016 longlist – aka the Man Booker Dozen – is out. It invites a cavalcade of instant commentary,…

The Man Booker hoicks itself back on to the plinth of respectability with this shortlist

9 September 2014 18:18

Remember when the Man Booker prize was as reputable as the Queen? When it served as the nation’s literary oracle?…

New literary award launches. But is the Folio Prize just a pretentious version of the Booker?

11 March 2014 13:53

The British Library isn’t the first place I associate with contemporary fiction. For me, it’s about the Tudor manuscripts: the…

Man Booker prize shortlist 2013 - how was our tipping?

10 September 2013 12:28

One of Philip Hensher’s many qualities as a critic is that he doesn’t take prisoners. So his entertaining and judicious…

Interview with a writer: Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Booker longlisted The Lowland

9 September 2013 9:30

The Lowland is the magnificent new novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, which has been longlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize.…

Booker Prize longlist announced

23 July 2013 13:33

The longlist for the 2013 Booker Prize has been announced (it is below). Most of the commentary surrounding the announcement is about the length…

Booker Prize shortlist announced

11 September 2012 13:10

The 2012 Booker Prize shortlist has been announced. The runners and riders are: Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists…

Blast from the past: The Teleportation Accident reviewed

17 August 2012 11:41

He’d probably agree with Edward Gibbon’s assessment of history as ‘little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and…

Across the literary pages: Will Self special

13 August 2012 16:51

The inclusion of Will Self on the Booker long list was like a flashing neon sign pointing towards ‘Serious Literature’…

The winning entry

13 November 2010 15:00

So just how good is it? Because of course those splendid people, the Man Booker judges, have rather prejudiced this…