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Tuesday 06 October 2009
With the sound of fanfares and the clash of arms, history has made a noisy comeback in this year's Man Booker prize, which will be awarded tonight. Critics and readers have both cheered and cursed the idea that our most prominent prize for fiction should be fought for by a company of books whose settings stretch from the 1530s (Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall) to the 1970s (JM Coetzee's Summertime).
Monday 05 October 2009
Sunday 04 October 2009
Thursday 01 October 2009
Bookies stand by for shock Booker result," yelled a headline this week. Eyebrows were raised in August about the rush of bets that were placed on Hilary Mantel's Tudor bodice-ripper, Wolf Hall, when the Booker longlist was revealed. One turf accountant stopped taking bets after Mantel reached 2/1. Now, as Tuesday's prize dinner approaches, the judges are being asked to start early – as if anticipating trouble, heavy going, unspecified horse-trading.
Wednesday 30 September 2009
Saturday 12 September 2009
Gordon Brown has followed Tony Blair's example and taken to apologising for things that he had nothing to do with. In Blair's case it was the Irish potato famine; with Brown it is the suicide of the brilliant wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, a homosexual who killed himself after being convicted of gross indecency.
Tuesday 08 September 2009
The South African writer and twice Booker prize winner, JM Coetzee, could make literary history if he wins a third time with his ficitional memoir, which was today selected on the annual award shortlist. No other Booker winner has performed a hat-trick in the prize’s 41-year history.
Friday 07 August 2009
Stanley Middleton, who has died at the age of 89, was an award-winning novelist with a particular gift for delving beneath the veneer of Middle England to reveal, in the sparest of prose, inner character and inner truths.
Sunday 02 August 2009
Briton Hilary Mantel has been declared the favourite to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction after 95 per cent of all bets were on her novel alone, bookmakers said.
Sunday 02 August 2009
Tuesday 28 July 2009
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced today, including two former winners and three first time novelists in what was described by judges as an "exceptional" year.
Friday 24 July 2009
The wondrous story of a zookeeper's son from Pondicherry, in India, stranded at sea, half way through a shipwrecked voyage to Toronto with only a hungry Bengal Tiger for company, became a wondrous Man Booker Prize success story when it was first published in 2001.
Tuesday 19 May 2009
To celebrate Sony’s sponsorship of the Hay Festival 2009, readers of The Independent have the chance to win a Reader from Sony. The Reader is an electronic reading device described as "a new way to read books," which can store up to 160 eBooks under one cover and is smaller than a hardback.
Tuesday 19 May 2009
This is the sixth Ondaatje Prize dinner, a unique prize named after the great patron of the arts Sir Christopher Ondaatje and dedicated to the spirit of place in fiction, poetry and non-fiction.
Friday 20 March 2009
Tindal Street [publisher of Gaynor Arnold's 'Girl in a Blue Dress'] turns out prizeworthy fiction the way Wales used to turn out fly halves ... It is a subsidised publisher, while Macmillan New Writing [Ann Weisgarber's 'The Personal History of Rachel DePree'] is part of a conglomerate operating on a low-cost model. Traditional publishing models are facing increasing challenges, and the mainstream imprints' share of excellence is likely to decline.
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