Man Booker 2015 Longlist and podcasts
The 2015 Longlist for the Man Booker Prize can be seen on the panel on the right hand side of this blog. Chairman of this year's judges, Michael Wood admitted that discussions hadn't always been peaceful but they were, at least, friendly. 'We were lucky in our companions and the submissions were extraordinary,' he said. 'The longlist could have been twice as long but we're more than happy with our final choice.'
Telegraph book reviews editor, Lorna Bradbury said, 'this is a strong list that celebrates innovative novels from established writers as well as introducing us to some new voices.' And Guardian writer, Justine Jordan wrote, 'this year, the new internationalism has led to a list with admirable balance and wide imaginative reach.'
Throughout seven podcasts - a new audio series to coincide with the longlist - Joe Haddow, Producer of the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, takes listeners behind the scenes. The next episode is broadcast on Friday 7th August and features judges Michael Wood and Sam Leith talking about the longlist selection process and authors Paul Ewen (aka Francis Plug) and Sarah Waters with Chris White from Waterstones Book Club.
If you missed the first episode, which featured Viv Groskop, Richard Flanagan's stunned reaction to winning in 2014 and an inside look at the publication of Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman', you can catch up now on iTunes and SoundCloud.
You can join the conversation about the longlist at @ManBookerPrize and #FinestFiction on Twitter.