Man Booker festival: Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro and Hilary Mantel among lineup

‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ gathering of winners in London in July will include rare joint appearance from mother-daughter honorees Anita and Kiran Desai

From Hilary Mantel to Kazuo Ishiguro, 15 past winners of the Man Booker prize will be uniting for the first time to take part in a festival this summer to mark 50 years of the prestigious literary award.

Taking place from 6 to 8 July, the Man Booker 50 festival will feature more than 60 speakers, with unusual pairings and panels: Mantel and Pat Barker will discuss whether historical fiction can shed light on the present; Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James will compare their portrayals of gay sexuality; Anne Enright, David Grossman and James, meanwhile, will discuss the future of the novel.

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