Here is what The Independent's literary critics made of the remaining nominees
Two British authors are among the shortlist of six
Roddy Doyle, author of "The Commitments", has signed a deal to work with Roy Keane on the controversial ex-footballer’s latest autobiography.
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Writers of all nationalities will now be able to compete for the prestigious English-language literature prize
British authors say award will lose its distinctiveness and new talent will be ‘crowded out’
'I saw Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing and absolutely loved it'
Your chance to see this soul-shaking new show at London's Palace Theatre
Novelist Julian Barnes has opened up about the pitfalls involved in writing about sex.
The Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell and his wife have co-translated an acclaimed book, written by a Japanese child, about his experience of growing up with autism.
Setting the patois among the pigeons
After her second win, can Hilary Mantel make it a hat-trick? Perhaps, but the final part of any trilogy, as Simon Usborne discovers, is a very tricky beast
Nina Bawden, the author of 48 books including the children's story Carrie's War, has died at the age of 87.
I have been confused with Kate Moss Not if you were to look at me, but before [her award-winning 2005 novel] Labyrinth, journalists would ring up the Orange Prize [which Mosse set up] and say, "Can I speak to Kate, and will she talk about anything at all?" Eventually, after further discussion, they'd say, "But will she talk about Pete Doherty?" I'm absolutely fine with it; it's only really sad for the taxi drivers who come and pick me up – when they see it's me, their little faces fall.
The Week in Books
Many view Nick Clegg as a frustrated politician, unable to promote the Liberal Democrats' agenda in a predominantly Conservative coalition. Now it has emerged that the Deputy Prime Minister is also a frustrated author, having penned a "shockingly bad" draft of a novel in his early twenties.