Last night I attended the 2012 Man Booker Prize Readings at the Royal Festival Hall. All six of the authors shortlisted for the event read from their book and then answered questions from James Naughtie. The writers are:
- Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists
- Deborah Levy – Swimming Home
- Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
- Alison Moore – The Lighthouse
- Will Self – Umbrella
- Jeet Thayil – Narcopolis
After the readings the authors answered questions from the audience. One particular question upset the panel. A young man asked all of the writers to name who they thought should win the award and they couldn’t name their own book. Will Self refused to answer the question and Hilary Mantel said that in order to avoid such a tricky question, she hasn’t read the other nominees yet. The audience, though, wanted blood and wanted the authors to answer the question. James Naughtie moved on to other questions.
I wasn’t able to take photos during the event since it was dark in the hall. However, I took some photos as I walked across The Thames to the hall and then after.
It was a wonderful opportunity to listen to these writers and I enjoyed the evening. The winner will be announced this evening.