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03 Jun 2014

Sweet Swan of Man Booker

2016 sees the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. To mark the occasion (and inadvertently help out the education secretary Michael Gove who is making it a GCSE English requirement to study a Shakespeare play) the Hogarth Shakespeare project has been launched.
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23 May 2014

Roth the chatterbox

Having retired from writing in 2012, Philip Roth (Man Booker International Prize winner in 2011) is now retiring from public life altogether.
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16 May 2014

Robert Macfarlane taped up

Robert Macfarlane, chair of the 2013 Man Booker judges, is, of course, a prize-winning writer of outdoorsy books of non-fiction. So, somewhere on his rambles up mountains and along tree-shrouded lanes the plot of a novel must surely have suggested itself to him.
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09 May 2014

Man Booker books in a bucket

The bookselling behemoth Amazon has just announced a “bucket list” of the “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime”. Despite the fact that 100 doesn't seem a particularly large number for a lifetime (unless it's a very short life), the list numbers numerous Man Booker authors alongside must-reads such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby.
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09 May 2014

The Testament of Mary at the Barbican. What the critics said.

The stage version of Colm Tóibín’s Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlisted The Testament of Mary has arrived at the Barbican, directed by Deborah Warner.  Former Man Booker Prize judge Fiona Shaw appears in the lead role as Mary, mother of Christ during the aftermath of his crucifixion.  The reviews are in and the production has been assured ‘must see’ status by critical acclaim.
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02 May 2014

Man Booker winner "on drugs"

If it was good enough for Coleridge then it's good enough for the Man Booker pin-up Hilary Mantel.
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29 Apr 2014

2013 Man Booker Prize Chair Robert MacFarlane in conversation with winner Eleanor Catton

On Thursday 03 April, MacFarlane and Catton were reunited on stage in a collaboration between Man Booker, Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts, Royal Society of Literature and Intelligent Life Magazine. Footage of their conversation at the Union Chapel can be seen here.
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25 Apr 2014

Reducing Novelists to Tears

Various male Man Booker authors have been blubbing their hearts out in the name of charity. Poems that Make Grown Men Cry, edited by Anthony and Ben Holden, is a collection of verse that brings out the lachrymose side of a swathe of men not usually known for welling up.
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25 Apr 2014

Man Booker Prize judges plant ‘Booker Dozen’ at Woodland Trust’s Hainault Forest

Today, Friday 25 April, saw the judges of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction reunited in their last official duty, as they travelled to Hainault Forest to plant trees with the Woodland Trust.
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17 Apr 2014

Mistaking Mantel

In an interview in the latest edition of New Statesman Hilary Mantel recalls the comic side of last year's Duchess of Cambridge furore. 
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