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Vintage Man Booker

 

With 50 years of literary history we’ve searched our archive for behind the scenes stories from the prize over the years to bring you Vintage Man Booker... 

Scroll through the years below, visit the archive, watch the videos and listen to our podcasts.  You can head over to our social media channels to join the conversation today @ManBookerPrize #ManBooker50

"Why do we have a literary prize? Someone asked me just recently what the Man Booker Prize is for. What is its purpose? My answer was that the prize is for readers..." Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, discusses the continued importance of the prize. 

President of the Booker Prize Foundation Jonathan Taylor CBE, on the Man Booker back story 

A message from Luke Ellis, CEO of the prize's sponsor Man Group, here.  

 

Watch the videos from the Golden Man Booker Prize announcements 

Listen to the 50th anniversary celebration podcasts including the Golden Man Booker Prize and live interviews from the Man Booker 50 Festival at Southbank

Visit the ​Oxford Brookes Booker Prize Archive for a special 50th anniversary exhibition 50 years of the Booker Prize in 50 items

 

The British Library has released Behind the Scenes: The Man Booker at 50, a new film by National Life Stories. It draws on the many hundreds of hours of audio interviews held in the Authors’ Lives collection of the Library’s Sound Archive, to tell a vivid history of the prize

Author and comedian Adam Kay has written and performed a Man Booker 50 song. A tune owing a debt to Tom Lehrer as much as Gilbert and Sullivan, it features all 51 winners’ names in under a minute — well worth a listen!

Five decades of firsts

2018

  • 1st

    Man Booker 50 Festival and Golden Man Booker Prize, marking the 50th anniversary

2016

  • 1st

    Man Booker International Prize for translated fiction

     

  • 1st

    American winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction

     

2014

  • 1st

    Inclusion of writers of any nationality in the Man Booker Prize entry criteria

     

2008

  • 'Best of Booker' marking the 40th anniversary

     

2005

  • 1st

    Man Booker International Prize

     

2004

  • 1stFacebook use in US universities

     

2002

  • 1st

    Man Booker Prize for Fiction, under the new sponsor Man Group

     

2001

  • 1st

    Public longlist (24 books)

     

1994

  • 1st

    Online bookstore

     

1993

  • 1st

    Electronic novel

     

  • 'Booker of Bookers' marking the 25th anniversary

     

1983

  • 1st

    'Network of networks', i.e. internet

     

1976

  • 1st

    Live BBC TV coverage of 'the Booker'

     

1973

  • 1st

    Mobile telephone

     

 

1969

  • 1st

    Booker Prize for Fiction

     

View the prize ceremony timeline from the Oxford Brookes Booker Prize Archive

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Special thanks to the British Library and Oxford Brookes University