21 Jul 2014

The indomitable Nadine Gordimer

The death this week of Nadine Gordimer has brought about a flood of reminiscences. 
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11 Jul 2014

Is Lydia Davis a poet?

Lydia Davis, the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, was recently in Paris, the city where she says she first learned to write.
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04 Jul 2014

Now for something completely different

The reuniting of the Monty Python team for a series of shows at the O2 Dome in London may not seem to have much to do with the Man Booker Prizes but there is a link.
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27 Jun 2014

The University of Man Booker

This column tries to keep self-back-patting to a minimum but it nevertheless feels a warm glow at the news that the Man Booker Prize is itself to be the subject of an academic research project.
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20 Jun 2014

Arise Dame Hilary

‘Nobody should go into a trade like writing expecting applause, or universal approval, or even popularity.’ The words are Hilary Mantel's, spoken to one of this year's Man Booker judges, Erica Wagner, in an interview earlier this year. 
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13 Jun 2014

Nowt so strange as novelists

Nicola Barker, Man Booker shortlisted for Darkmans in 2007 and longlisted for both Clear and The Yips, has been discussing some of the oddities of her daily routine as she publishes her latest novel, In the Approaches. For example she does yoga “while watching Australian soaps; there is no spiritual aspect to my yoga”. When she's writing “I wear my ear muffs at all times when I’m working so I’m insulated against the world.” WARNING: Homeland spoiler alert!
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06 Jun 2014

A* grade in the Man Booker GCSE

The fuss over Michael Gove suggesting that Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird shouldn't be centre stage in the new GCSE curriculum rumbles on. Several commentators have backed his stance, other criticised it.
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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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