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Lydia Davis win the Man Booker International Prize

Lydia Davis with Simon Prosser, her publisher at Hamish Hamilton

For the first time in the history of the Man Booker International Prize, the finalists for the award gathered in London for the winner announcement. The week started with a magical evening at the Southbank Centre, the launch event of the London Literature Festival, at which the finalists read from their work. It was the first chance for the finalists to meet each other, or in the case of the Indian U R Ananthamurthy and Pakistani Intizar Husain, to reconnect after many years separated by borders. The event, chaired by Jim Naughtie, was delightfully varied, ranging from Marie NDiaye's mellifluous French tone to Josip Novakovich's cheekily irreverent stories.The days leading up to the award were filled with broadcast interviews, with TV crews from all over the globe taking the opportunity to talk to the finalists.On the evening of Wednesday 22nd, the finalists and guests arrived at the V&A. Time restrictions made for an incredibly tight set up with museum guests leaving at 6pm and our first guests expecting a glass of champagne when arriving at 6.30pm. Instead of the usual five hour set up, caterers Admirable Crichton had just half an hour to get all equipment in, including setting up of the kitchen in one of the corridors. Production team Event Concept had a further hour to set up the main stage and screen before guests came through to dinner in the Dome. Dinner was set under the stunning Dale Chihuly's Rotunda Chandelier and with colours of light blue, green and yellow matched perfectly with our green and blue stage backdrop.Following on from a delicious three course dinner, it seemed as if no one was as surprised as Lydia Davis when it was announced that she was the winner. Christopher Ricks gave a succinct appreciation of her work, which will appear more fully in the TLS on 31st May, then Lydia was whisked off for a series of interviews, including live on BBC Radio 3's Nightwaves.The next morning, there was a gruelling series of interviews at Broadcasting House for Radios 2 and 4 and the Newshour on the World Service, before the winner was able to rest a little prior to travelling on to the Telegraph Hay Festival. Lydia read along with Intizar Husain and Marie NDiaye on the Friday evening at Hay, and was interviewed by Fiammetta Rocco on the Saturday morning, still reeling from her description in The Guardian as 'As mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert, as epoch-making as Proust.'

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