Submitted by Natalie on Fri, 2015-07-24 08:59
Today, Friday 24 July, marks the launch of the ‘Man Booker Prize Podcast’ – an exciting new audio series that takes as its focus the prize’s tagline, Fiction at its Finest, and looks at the very best from the world of books.
Hosted by Joe Haddow, Producer of the Radio 2 Book Club, there will be seven fortnightly episodes going out on alternate Friday mornings from today through to the winner announcement in October.
In this episode, Joe chats with Viv Groskop about her love of Richard Flanagan’s 2014 winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and discusses what it’s like to whittle down over 100 books to the Man Booker dozen with former judge and author, Louise Doughty. Other highlights include Richard Flanagan’s stunned reaction to winning last year and an inside look at the publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman.
Throughout the seven podcasts, Joe will guide listeners through the prize with a behind-the-scenes tour – from the magnificent backlist to the much anticipated longlist and shortlist announcements, right through to the big day – 13 October – when the 2015 winner will be revealed. Coming up in the series will be a variety of interviews with well-known literary figures, industry experts, past Man Booker Prize winners and some surprise star guests, all of whom share a love of books.
The Man Booker Prize is the leading award for fiction in the English-speaking world; it has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding novels for over four decades. First awarded in 1969, it has become the touchstone for quality fiction written in English, including some of the trailblazers of the past 50 years: from Salman Rushdie to Hilary Mantel, Iris Murdoch to Ian McEwan. Building on the rich heritage of the prize, the Man Booker Prize Podcast will provide engaging content that is as entertaining as it is intelligent.
The 2015 longlist will be announced on 29 July, the shortlist on 15 September and the winner on 13 October. Join the conversation about the 2015 Man Booker Prize at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction.