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  • Grisham takes readers on journey to Deep South in new novel

    Author John Grisham takes his storytelling skills to the next level in “The Reckoning”
  • Agoraphobia and an unhappy marriage: the real horror behind The Haunting of Hill House

    Stephen King says The Haunting of Hill House is ‘nearly perfect’. But can a Netflix TV adaptation capture Shirley Jackson’s dark visions of duty and domesticity? Anyone who has read Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House will find a couple of details of its 1959 reception almost too neat to be true. Jackson had been writing novels and stories for nearly two decades before embarking on her tale of Hill House, a mansion set under a hill where visitors can turn up any time they like but find...

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  • Murakami enjoys writing because he doesn’t know the ending

    Haruki Murakami says he enjoys writing novels because he doesn’t know how they’ll end
  • How Agatha Christie’s wartime nursing role gave her a lifelong taste for poison

    Many of the writer’s novels involve murder by toxic substance. First world war records detail where she got the inspiration Agatha Christie loved her poisons, whether a glass of champagne spiked with cyanide, a dose of lethal strychnine doled out at a country manor house, or, at the heart of her A Caribbean Mystery, some cosmetics laced with belladonna. In fact, deadly toxins are deployed in more than 30 of her whodunnits. Now the document that details the source of all that dangerously...

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  • Author Murakami: Joy of writing is to start not knowing end

    Japanese author Haruki Murakami says he enjoys writing novels because he doesn’t know where the stories end up
  • Danez Smith: ‘I’ve never read Invisible Man. Please don’t take my black writer card’

    The prizewinning poet on the pleasures of Andrea Lawlor, Willie Perdomo and the ‘best novel ever written’ The book I am currently readingI’m loving Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor. It’s pulling at my little queer midwestern heartstrings to read magical Paul navigate desire and friendship in his body that he can change into whatever shape or sex he wants. The book that changed my lifeIn my freshman year at college I was given a copy of Smoking Lovely by Willie Perdomo, and...

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  • Trust no one: how Le Carré's Little Drummer Girl predicted our dangerous world

    Secret interrogations, elaborately staged deceptions, conspiracies and murder ... John le Carré’s murky spy thriller could not be more relevant David Cornwell, or John le Carré, as we usually call him, must have been wincing as he viewed the CCTV stills of those two Russian visitors to Salisbury. He was surely shaking his head in dismay as he watched their later avowals of their touristic interest in Salisbury Cathedral on Russian TV. This is not just because he is an old secret service hand...

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  • NY cross-country runner stops race to help competitor with visual impairment

    AUBURN, N. Y. (WSTM) - A Cazenovia High School cross-country athlete put competition aside during a race last week and helped a runner with impaired vision, who had passed him and slipped trying to get up a hill. Photos posted to Cazenovia Central School District's Facebook page show the moment when sophomore Jake Tobin chose to help Luke Fortner from Fairport High School, when Jake could've decided to keep going.

  • Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English?

    Icelandic has retained its literary vigour since the Sagas, but TV and tourism are a growing threat “Coffee and kleina,” reads a large sign at a roadside coffee shop by one of the main roads in Reykjavik. Not so many years ago, such a billboard would simply have read: “Kaffi og kleina” – in the language of the Vikings, the official language of Iceland. It is a privilege of the few to be able to read and write Icelandic, a language understood by only around 400,000 people worldwide. Icelandic, in...

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  • Anna Burns wins Man Booker prize for ‘incredibly original’ Milkman

    Judges unanimous in choice of Northern Irish winner for ‘utterly distinctive’ Troubles-era novel Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize, taking the £50,000 award for Milkman, her timely, Troubles-set novel about a young woman being sexually harassed by a powerful man. Related: Milkman by Anna Burns review – creepy invention at heart of an original, funny novel Continue reading...

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  • Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale ‘Milkman’

    Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with “Milkman,” a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence
  • Northern Ireland writer Anna Burns wins Man Booker Prize for novel “Milkman.”

    Northern Ireland writer Anna Burns wins Man Booker Prize for novel “Milkman.”
  • British writers scoring highly in huge US poll to find ‘Great American Read’

    Nationwide contest that has drawn millions of votes enters closing stages, with Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and JK Rowling ranking high From Jane Eyre to Pride and Prejudice, a clutch of very British books have emerged as frontrunners for the title of the US’s best-loved novel, as a public poll that has seen millions cast their votes draws to a close. US public service broadcaster PBS launched the nationwide vote in April, laying out 100 novels chosen through a combination of YouGov poll and...

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  • Man Booker Prize shortlist in full: Female authors dominate prestigious book awards

    Daisy Johnson is the youngest ever author to make the shortlist
  • Man Booker Prize 2018: Daisy Johnson looks set to become youngest ever winner

    Ahead of the official winner's announcement, Daisy Buchanan goes through each shortlisted book and decides on her favourite to win
  • US writers Kushner, Powers in running for Man Booker Prize

    The Man Booker Prize is set to be awarded to one of six finalists, including a gritty story set in a women’s prison, a novel in verse about a divided America and an environmental epic that has been likened to “Moby Dick” for trees
  • Man Booker prize: Daisy Johnson tipped to be youngest ever winner

    Ladbrokes makes 27-year-old author of Everything Under 9/4 favourite to take the £50,000 award on Tuesday evening Daisy Johnson, the youngest author ever to make the Man Booker prize shortlist, is proving the most popular with readers with just hours to go before the judges unveil the winner of this year’s £50,000 prize on Tuesday evening. As the judging panel, chaired by Kwame Anthony Appiah, settle in to find a winner from the six titles they picked for their shortlist, 27-year-old British...

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  • Hank Green: 'I used all my power to make YouTube powerful, good and strong'

    The brother of author John Green reveals the pressure he felt writing his first novel, and reflects on the what has become of the video platform that made their names A few weeks ago, billboards began sprouting up around Orlando, Florida, with advertisements for Hank Green’s first novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. On the face of it, this was not such a remarkable thing. After all, Green is a local boy and, being one half of popular YouTube channel Vlogbrothers (3.1 million subscribers, 711m...

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  • Man Booker prize shortlist 2018: how do the final six stand up?

    The thrilling diversity of the longlist is gone, and picking a winner remains a fool’s game, but this year’s last half-dozen are all worthy contenders It’s hard not to feel that the cull from Man Booker longlist to shortlist was a calculated effort by the judges to strip this latest round of “posh bingo”, as Julian Barnes famously dubbed the prize, of its excitement. The longlist not only contained a number of extraordinary novels, it also seemed constructed to celebrate younger writers – six of...

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  • The Fox by Frederick Forsyth – digested read

    ‘The boy beat the Koreans with a few lines of computer code that no one else in the world could have thought of’ Under the cover of darkness, a secret unit of the SAS, called the secret unit of the SAS and known only to two men in the entire United Kingdom, one of whom was Frederick Forsyth, raided a house in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. What they found there amazed even them. Three months earlier experts at Fort Meade, home to America’s top secret National Security Agency in Maryland, America,...

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  • Focaccia and financial meltdown: can a Wall Street crash be beautiful?

    To novelist Enrico Pellegrini, predictions are beside the point. In a raging market, we must simply decide how to play the game I remember a New York story: the doctor who was always right. Related: World economy at risk of another financial crash, says IMF Continue reading...

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  • Notes from the Fog by Ben Marcus review – brilliantly bleak short stories

    Laughter echoes through medical and corporate dystopias as well as suburban living rooms in this impressive American collection “As you live your life,” remarks one narrator in Ben Marcus’s brutal and brilliant story collection, “you will, on occasion, be cut open and explored. It is what life is, part of the routine.” Elsewhere, a woman, Ida, visits her father in his care home and tells him that his ex-wife is ill. “Illness is the only category,” he says, and later, wandering the halls, Ida...

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  • Ghosts, ghouls and graveyards: Margaret Atwood on the magic of Neil Gaiman

    What’s the point of life without death? The author of The Handmaid’s Tale salutes Gaiman’s shadow side Once, during an on stage discussion of the type literary festivals go in for, I frightened Neil Gaiman by channelling the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West from the film The Wizard of Oz. “And your little dog, too!” I cackled. “No! No! Don’t do that!” cried Neil. He then explained that he had been petrified by this green-tinted witch as an eight-year-old. Behold: a literary influence had...

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  • Alternative Nobel literature prize goes to Maryse Condé

    The New Academy prize, organised to fill the gap left by the cancellation of 2018’s official award, goes to Guadeloupean novelist Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé has been announced as the winner of the New Academy prize in literature, a one-off award intended to fill the void left by the cancellation of this year’s scandal-dogged Nobel prize for literature. Speaking on a video played at a ceremony in Stockholm, Condé said she was “very happy and proud” to win the award. “But please allow me...

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