The prize is a huge victory for Tunisia
A journalist, playwright and screenwriter, Alexievich’s oeuvre is dominated by her intrepid and beautifully researched works of non-fiction
Pope Francis and Angela Merkel are the favourites in a year dominated by the refugee crisis - but a surprise winner could still triumph
Belarusian author of The Unwomanly Face of the War will receive the award in December
Ge Hong's 'handbook of prescriptions for emergencies' from 340AD included a key passage on how to treat malaria
First ever Chinese winner of the prize for medicine is part of a trio of scientists that were awarded the year’s first Nobels — though she doesn't know it yet
A looming patent dispute threatens to overshadow next week’s announcement and may well scare off the Nobel committee from going anywhere near Crispr-Cas9
Which drink did Ernest Hemingway describe as 'that opaque, bitter, tongue-numbing, brain-warming, stomach-warming, idea-changing, liquid alchemy'?
He always said he had no regrets about inventing the AK-47. But in the days before his death he may have had a change of heart
Work will allow it to perform the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted
Coalition of leading scientists claim ferret experiments could lead to a pandemic
There are rich pickings to be harvested from this year’s crop. Jim Crace’s unforgettable Harvest (Whole Story, 7 CDs, £20.41) is a book begging to be read aloud. Had the Booker judges listened to John Keating reading it, they’d have given it the prize unanimously. The story of a pre-lapsarian village facing the end of centuries of agrarian life is written in blunt and sturdy language that moves seamlessly between Old English accented alliteration and flights of superb iambic pentameter. “Caught between a nettle and a thorn”, the helpless narrator watches as monetary greed and a flagrant injustice destroys a community and creates an avoidable refugee crisis, whose contemporary relevance is unmistakable. It is a work of genius.
In front of leaders from around the world, South Africa’s current President was derided as Nelson Mandela was honoured
Big name journals don’t serve the interests of science, biologist says
As people poured in to take their seats, a party atmosphere took hold
The former president of South Africa made a memorable appearance at the last World Cup