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Salman Rushdie was the 2014 recipient of the PEN/Pinter Prize for outstanding literary achievement

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William Shakespeare would have been 451 today

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Laline Paull was inspired to write her novel ‘The Bees’ by the death from breast cancer of a close friend who kept bees

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The novel has been hailed as 'an Animal Farm for the 21st century'

Sunrise confronted; 30 Greenpeace activists protesting against Gazprom’s oil drilling in the Arctic were arrested by the Russian authorities in October 2013

When Russia declared war on Greenpeace: The story of the Arctic 30 captured on a Gazprom drilling platform and sentenced to years in jail

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George RR Martin: ‘I think the Sad Puppies have broken the Hugo awards’

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Bestselling German author Daniel Kehlmann

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Writers from Japan, Belgium, Germany and Latin America vie for Independent award

Discworld author Terry Pratchett died aged 66 on Thursday 12 March 2015

Terry Pratchett final Discworld book The Shepherd's Crown gets September release date

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The award-winning Salman Rushdie sparked controversy on the Goodreads website by giving poor ratings to classic novels

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