31 Jul 2015

First impressions...

Left field, surprising, ecumenical, catholic, global . . . the announcement of the 2015 Man Booker longlist has spurred a wide range of descriptive terms in newspapers, magazines and online (and, no doubt whereever books are discussed) but, so far, no one mot juste.
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19 Jun 2015

A return to Wolf Hall

If reports are to be believed then the BBC has already started putting money aside for its candle budget.
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17 Apr 2015

Buy a book, save a shop

David Nicholls, Man Booker longlisted in 2014 for Us, has long had a second distinguished career as a screenwriter (One DayStarter for 10Great Expectations). His latest project is the adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.
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13 Mar 2015

The gender agenda

Every year, at about this time, a hoary old argument raises its head. It is prompted by the Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize and then the Women's Prize).
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06 Mar 2015

Ishiguro: The Buried Memory

Kazuo Ishiguro, Man Booker winner in 1989 with The Remains of the Day, is a famously slow writer. His latest novel, The Buried Giant, has just been published and took a full 10 years to write
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05 Feb 2015

Roddy Doyle takes part in prison event to launch first Man Booker Quick Read

Today (Thursday 5 February) sees the publication of the 2015 Galaxy® Quick Read titles, which include Dead Man Talking by 1993 Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle. To mark the occasion, Roddy visited HMP Brixton as part of a National Prison Radio event, spending the morning in discussion with a prison reading group.
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23 Jan 2015

Recycling, Ishiguro-style

In a wide-ranging recent Q&A session, Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the 1989 Man Booker with Remains of the Day, made a startling confession.
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22 Jan 2015

Wolf Hall from page to screen

So, now that the first episode has been aired, was the buzz justified and rewarded?
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12 Dec 2014

Judging the judges

None of this year's panel of judges – a spectacularly well-read lot by any estimation – has any previous Man Booker experience.
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28 Nov 2014

Not just any old authors but authors of the year

Congratulations to Karen Joy Fowler, shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and David Nicholls, who was longlisted for Us.
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