Nominated four times for the Man Booker Prize, Julian Barnes has won this year's prestigeous literary prize for his short novel, The Sense of an Ending. Barnes wins £50,000 and an increase in sales from the ensuing interest surrounding the Booker prize. Find signed copies of The Sense of an Ending here.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction has promoted the best in fiction since 1969. Two of the six books shortlisted for the prize were first time novelists Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller. There are two Canadian writers on the list including Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan who currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. We have an interview with Esi Edugyan.
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Young Jaffy Brown never expects to escape the slums of Victorian London. Then, aged eight, a chance encounter with Mr Jamrach changes Jaffy's stars. And before he knows it, he finds himself at the docks waving goodbye to his beloved Ishbel and boarding a ship bound for the Indian Ocean.
Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling and violent experiences in the Darwinian landscape of Gold Rush America.
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