The judges of the 1996 Booker Prize for Fiction have met to select their longlist of novels. Traditionally this is the time when the first rows, controversies and inexplicable exclusions of worthy books are reported, and this year is no exception. The Bookseller reveals that AS Byatt's Babel Tower and David Malouf's The Conversations at Curlow Creek have failed to make it on to the list. Surprising inclusions, meanwhile, are Ben Elton's Popcorn and Diran Adebayo's first novel Some Kind of Black, a semi-autobiographical tale of a black Oxbridge undergraduate. Carmen Callil is chairing the judges.
Phaidon Press is following up The Art Book, which won the British Book Award prize for illustrated book of the year, with The 20th Century Art Book. Like its predecessor, this beautiful work, to be published in October, is no snip at pounds 25 - but any book that is such a pleasure to possess is worth it. Phaidon swears there were no arguments over which artists to feature: the exhaustive list ranges from the likes of Bacon to Koons and Whiteread.Reuse content