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.

Discover a virtual treasure trove of the finest of fiction. Scroll through this page to enjoy gems like the Oxford Brookes University’s Booker Prize Archive, watch the videos or listen to our podcasts.

Booker Prize winning books

Behind the Scenes


To start your journey through our rich history, take a look at Behind the Scenes: The Man Booker at 50.

Released by the British Library, this film by National Life Stories 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.


The Man Booker 50 song!

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, on the continued importance of the prize. 

The Booker Prize podcasts

The Booker Prize podcasts give listeners access to one of the leading literary awards in the English speaking world. It promotes the finest fiction that is published in the UK and Ireland to a listenership across the world. Hosted by Joe Haddow, the podcasts span key announcements from longlist excitement, right up to winner announcements for both the Booker and International Booker Prizes. Joe talks with judges and interviews authors and special guests – some more surprising than others! Listen to the podcasts now on: 

Apple Podcasts  Spotify  Entale  SoundCloud  Stitcher  Deezer

2021 Booker Prize longlist

Live announcement