21 Feb 2014

Man Booker Weekly Round-Up: Tentacles, foxes and other tales

A useful test that prize administrators might want to consider when next appointing a panel of judges – a reading speed test (try it, it takes about a minute) from the office supplies company Staples. 
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14 Feb 2014

Man Booker Weekly Round-up: Topping the library charts

There is a small ray of light in the just-released Public Lending Right figures of the 100 most borrowed books from UK libraries in 2012-2013.
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07 Feb 2014

Man Booker Weekly-round up: Anticipated adaptations and the secret to success

Disappointment for fans of Philip Roth, winner of the Man Booker International Prize in 2011 – he is sticking to his decision not to write any more fiction. What's more, after a lifetime of writing, he's not finding it hard
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31 Jan 2014

Weekly round-up: How is a writer like a politician?

It seems that, in the eyes of the National Portrait Gallery at least, a picture isn't necessarily worth a thousand words. The gallery has just asked a selection of well-known authors to write a brief pen portrait to accompany some of its real portraits.
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24 Jan 2014

Man Booker Weekly Round-Up: Cromwell the musical and non-existent books

Better late than never. Beryl Bainbridge, the most celebrated multiple Man Booker nominee (five times and never a winner) and the only writer to have their own special MB prize – The Man Booker Best of Beryl – has finally made it into the Dictionary of National Biography. Bainbridge takes her place in this compendium of Britain's great and good alongside fellow newbies Norman Wisdom, Michael Foot and Bernard Matthews (of poultry fame). No one, though, could ever accuse her of having written a turkey.


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17 Jan 2014

Weekly Roundup: Canuck writers make the headlines and Man Booker novelists run to the sun

The 30 finalists for the assorted categories of America’s National Book Critics Circle Awards have just been announced and the five novels on the fiction shortlist include Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being (Man Booker shortlisted last year and the subject of a short interview about her writing life).
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10 Jan 2014

Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies on stage: What the critics say

Hilary Mantel was the first British woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice and the first to win with two books in the same series.  Her phenomenal Tudor tour-de-force Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies have been adapted to stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company
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10 Jan 2014

New books for a new year

After what seems an interminable wait, the RSC productions of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker winning duo Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies (adapted by Mike Poulton) are now up and running (and plotting, burning, beheading) at Stratford-upon-Avon.
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03 Jan 2014

Elizabeth Jane Howard CBE dies, aged 90

Acclaimed novelist and former Booker judge Elizabeth Jane Howard has died at her home in Suffolk, aged 90
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20 Dec 2013

Hull's calling and Eleanor Catton's winning

In case you missed the news, Hull has been selected as the UK City of Culture for 2017.
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