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From Judging Room to Living Room

From Judging Room to Living Room

The Booker Prizes are delighted to announce 'From Judging Room to Living Room' - our new, bespoke discussion guides for readers and those who love discussing books.


To celebrate this year’s International Booker Prize shortlist, we have created individual discussion guides for each shortlisted book which include valuable insights from the 2021 judging panel: cultural historian and novelist, Lucy Hughes-Hallett (chair); journalist and writer, Aida Edemariam; Man Booker shortlisted novelist, Neel Mukherjee; Professor of the History of Slavery, Olivette Otele; and poet, translator and biographer, George Szirtes.


These range from direct quotes from their judging meetings, to questions aimed to spark discussion and prompt debate, alongside a summary of the book and thoughts from the author and translator. The full 2021 International Booker shortlist is:


At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, translated from French by Anna Moschovakis, Pushkin Press
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez, translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell, Granta Books
When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, translated from Spanish by Adrian Nathan West, Pushkin Press
The Employees by Olga Ravn, translated from Danish by Martin Aitken, Lolli Editions
In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated from Russian by Sasha Dugdale, Fitzcarraldo Editions
The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard, translated from French by Mark Polizzotti, Pan Macmillan, Picador


The Booker Prizes is guaranteed to inspire your reading group; whether it's the books that the judges have included or those that they have left out; there is always something for readers to discuss. It’s important to us that readers get the most out of the opportunities created by the prize, and that they feel part of one of the world’s most important and prestigious literary prizes.


You can download the six Discussion Guides here.