Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 9 October 2013
The Man Booker Prize
On the Today programme, last August, we looked at three novels on what was then the Man Booker Longlist. By happy chance, or sheer co-incidence, or inspired guesswork those three novels, Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary, Jim Crace’s Harvest and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland made it on to this year’s shortlist announced on 15 September.
Today we’re taking at a look at the other three titles contending for one of the world’s most important literary prizes. They are: NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names; A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. The winner will be announced next week in London and, to bring you a flavour of all three, Sean was joined in studio by actors Cathy Belton and Barry Barnes who’ll read extracts from these three novels and by Niall MacMonagle.