Derek Johns has been a bookseller, editor, publisher and literary agent. He has been a trustee of English PEN, and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Booker Foundation and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the author of a novel, The Billy Palmer Chronicles, and Ariel: A Literary Biography of Jan Morris.
The Booker Prize turns 50 this year. Once dismissed as ‘posh bingo’ by Julian Barnes (but not after he himself won it), the Booker is one of the leading literary prizes in the world. Eleanor Catton, whose novel The Luminaries won the prize in 2013, discusses the importance of prizes to writers with Stuart Kelly […]