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Donna Tartt’s golden year continues

Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch, reached new heights today after being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – one of the top gongs in American literature. Last week, Tartt was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for women’s fiction and prompted named as the bookie’s favourite. Signed copies of The Goldfinch are now seriously in demand. […]

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Bailey’s shortlist for women’s fiction

The shortlist for the UK Women’s Prize for Fiction (once called the Orange Prize but now sponsored by Bailey’s) has been revealed. Eimear McBride, Hannah Kent and Audrey Magee are all contenders with their debut novels. Donna Tartt and Jhumpa Lahiri are the big names, while Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie continues to enhance her […]

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Alice Munro too ill to attend Nobel ceremony

The Canadian media is reporting that 82-year-old Alice Munro will not attend next month’s Nobel event in Stockholm due to her ill health. In other news, her publisher wants to turn Munro’s childhood home in Wingham, Ontario, into a tourist attraction. Like other booksellers, AbeBooks enjoyed a significant Munro boost thanks to Alice’s win,  including the […]

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The year’s top non-fiction revealed on 2013 Samuel Johnson shortlist

The shortlist for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, the UK’s top award for non-fiction books, has been announced and the subject matter ranges from Mrs Thatcher to Afghanistan and bees. David Crane for Empires of the Dead William Dalrymple for Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan Dave Goulson for A Sting in the […]

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Interview with Booker contender Ruth Ozeki

She’s one of the front-runners for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. She splits her time between New York and British Columbia. She wrote an acclaimed novel about a woman living on Cortes Island, British Columbia, in a remote area known as Desolation Sound. She’s currently one of the most talked about authors in the book […]

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Did you know Albert Camus was terrified of cars?

Last night I learned that the French philosopher and writer Albert Camus was not only terrified of motor vehicles (that’s called motorphobia) but died in a car crash on 4 January 1960 at 46 years old. He was travelling from Provence to Paris and the accident occurred in the small town of Villeblevin. He was […]

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Lahiri, McCann & Tóibín Lead 2013 Booker Longlist

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has been revealed today. The big names in contention are Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín, although there is plenty of literary talent on the list. Here are the books: Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries Jim Crace – Harvest Eve […]

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How to Sharpen Pencils and more odd book titles

The Bookseller magazine has announced its shortlist for the annual oddest book title of the year, the Diagram Prize. As always, there are some wonderful contenders. Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop by Reginald Bakeley God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis by Tom Hickman How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Loani Prior How […]

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Sharon Olds wins TS Eliot poetry prize with divorce-inspired collection

More poetry news, and once again the poems concern a depressing subject. Sharon Olds has just won the TS Eliot poetry prize for her Stag’s Leap collection about divorce, reports The Guardian. The American poet wins £15,000 – a sum donated by Valerie Eliot. The collection operates as what The Observer described as a “calendar […]

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Self published squash title on William Hill Sports Book of the Year shortlist

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award has shortlisted a self-published book about squash among the contenders for its annual prize. Shot and a Ghost by squash player James Willstrop  features alongside titles from traditional publishers of sports books like Yellow Jersey and Ebury Press. It goes without saying that the list includes […]

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