21 Mar 2014

The continued success of Man Booker Alumni

New Zealand is about to celebrate a first. It has had two Man Booker winners, Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries and, back in 1985, Keri Hulme with The Bone People. Both will be featuring at the same event.
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28 Feb 2014

Man Booker Weekly Round Up: Keneally, Mantel and Ronan Keating?

Thomas Keneally, Man Booker winner in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark, has been pondering in this anniversary year of the fate of Australia's young soldiers who fought at Gallipoli (which featured in his recent novel Daughters of Mars).
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24 Feb 2014

Man Booker International Prize plans announcement in Cape Town

The city of Cape Town in South Africa is set to play an important role in the Man Booker International Prize 2015.  The Man Booker International Prize organisers are starting to plan for the announcement of the list of finalists, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, in March 2015. 
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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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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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