11 Apr 2014

The energising of Hilary Mantel

In a fascinating interview this week the Man Booker grandee Hilary Mantel explained how the experience of adapting Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the stage has “energised” her. 
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14 Mar 2014

Man Booker Weekly Roundup: The unusual appeal of Cromwell

Good news for both Jim Crace and his readers. Crace, Man Booker shortlisted last year for Harvest, has just been named as one of the recipients of the $150,000 Windham Campbell Literature Prizes
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07 Mar 2014

Man Booker Weekly Roundup: In defence of creative writing courses and other stories

Good news for Man Booker thespians. The Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are moving to London. Tickets for the current run in Stratford have proved rarer than hen's teeth and the search for a London theatre has proved fruitless until now. However, the early closure of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Stephen Ward means that the Aldwych theatre has become available. The London run is scheduled to run from 1st May to 6th September.
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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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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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13 Dec 2013

Weekly Roundup: A new look judging panel, high places for The Lowland and more votes for Catton

To mark the new look Man Booker Prize there is a new look judging panel too. In 2014, for the first time ever, the panel will consist of six judges rather than the traditional five.
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06 Dec 2013

Weekly Roundup: Wolf Hall for Madam Premier and Man Booker must reads

What do you give the wife of the man who has everything? If you are the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on an official visit to China and with a meeting with the premier’s wife to negotiate, you give Madam Premier a set of Man Booker winners, including naturally, a copy of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall – the definitive guide to negotiating political intrigues and high statecraft. Just saying…
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29 Nov 2013

The Man Booker's global appeal, Scottish independence and Martha Kearney's bees

Congratulations to Donal Ryan, Man Booker longlisted this year for The Spinning Heart, who has jsut won the Guardian's £10,000 First Book Prize.
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