Observations One to Watch: Maggie Shipstead, Novelist, 28
Saturday 24 November 2012
“I wrote he first draft in about nine months. I was on the island of Nantucket. I had no friends there, so I was very efficient.”
Zadie Smith's former Californian student has been compared to John Updike and Jane Smiley. She has just won the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize for writers under 30 for her debut novel Seating Arrangements, a satirical study of an American family. Her book Astonish Me, about a ballet dancer who helps a Soviet star to defect, is due out in 2014. Could she win a Pulitzer before she's 50?
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- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'
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Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
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