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04 Sep 2015

A Novelist's Advice to Himself

Bill Clegg, the American literary agent whose debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, is one of this year's Man Booker longlistees. Since his day job is dealing with other novelists he had a unique perspective when writing his own book, and a chastening one too: ‘It, to me, is an act of stunning hubris to attempt to write when you look at who I work with.’ He turned out to be his own best councillor though and followed the advice he gives to all aspiring novelists, ‘which is when someone comes to me and says they want to write a book, I say there’s really no advice to give. If you feel like you don’t have a choice to write it, write it. If you feel like you do have a choice, then move on, because there are so many books in the world’. So Did You Ever Have a Family was the result of a lack of choice then? Clegg puts in another way: it ‘just sprung up like a weed…’
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03 Sep 2015

Tom McCarthy - Longlist author interview

In the latest in our series of interviews with Man Booker Prize 2015 longlisted authors, we speak to Tom McCarthy author of Satin Island.
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02 Sep 2015

Anuradha Roy - Longlist author interview

In the latest in our series of interviews with Man Booker Prize 2015 longlisted authors, we speak to Anuradha Roy author of Sleeping on Jupiter.
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01 Sep 2015

Hanya Yanagihara - Longlist author interview

In the latest in our series of interviews with Man Booker Prize 2015 longlisted authors, we speak to Hanya Yanagihara author of A Little Life.
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25 Aug 2015

The Man Booker International Prize 2016 Judges Announced

We are delighted to announce the judges for the newly configured 2016 Man Booker International Prize.
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21 Aug 2015

Ireland's suspicious novelists

Ireland has the reputation of being, per capita, one of the most literary nations on Earth. The reality, according to Anne Enright, the 2007 Man Booker winner and a longlistee this year, is rather more equivocal. In a recent interview with the former Man Booker judge Alex Clark she noted that: ‘It takes Ireland a while to accept one of its writers, because there’s a very dissenting tradition in Irish writing.
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