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Colm Tóibín has been listed for the Man Booker prize for the third time, with The Testament of Mary

Man Booker longlist 'most diverse' in prize's history, say judges

Colm Tóibín has been listed for the Man Booker prize for the third time, with The Testament of Mary

Samuel Selvon (1923–16 April 1994) was a Trinidad-born writer. Selvon's novel The Lonely Londoners is ground-breaking in its use of creolised English, or "nation language", for narrative as well as dialogue.

Samuel Selvon April was a Trinidad-born writer. Selvon's novel The Lonely Londoners is ground-breaking in its use of creolised English, or "nation language", for narrative as well as dialogue.

Hilary Mantel makes Man Booker prize history by becoming the first woman and the first British writer to win the literary award twice. (via Guardian)

Hilary Mantel wins Man Booker prize for second time

Hilary Mantel makes Man Booker prize history by becoming the first woman and the first British writer to win the literary award twice. (via Guardian)

Film rights to Eleanor Catton's Man Booker winner The Luminaries are sold; & she may work on adaptation! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booker-prize/10382485/Eleanor-Catton-interview-Money-doesnt-transform-you-only-love-can.html

Eleanor Catton interview: Money doesn't transform you - only love can

Film rights to Eleanor Catton's Man Booker winner The Luminaries are sold; & she may work on adaptation! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booker-prize/10382485/Eleanor-Catton-interview-Money-doesnt-transform-you-only-love-can.html

World Book Night: the books you've loved giving (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/apr/23/world-book-night-2013)

World Book Night 2013: the books you've loved giving

The mass public giveaway recalls the more private pleasure of spreading literary love to friends.

Mantel is, said the biographer Claire Tomalin, writing in Time about the author, "a novelist of great power, wit and intelligence, one of the finest now writing in England", and "unlike most historical novelists, she writes without sentimentality".

Hilary Mantel joins 'Time 100' ranking of world's most influential people

Hilary Mantel joins 'Time ranking of world's most influential people

Ray Davies - Americana

Ray Davies releasing new book, ‘Americana,’ will be in NYC this month to promote it

The Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng has won the 2012 Man Asian prize with his novel, The Garden of Evening Mists. His novel, which was shortlisted for last years Booker prize, was hailed by the chair of judges Maya Jaggi for its stylistic poise and probing intelligence.  Taking its aesthetic cues from the artful deceptions of Japanese landscape gardening, she said, it opens up a startling perspective on converging histories, using the feints and twists of fiction to explore its themes

Tan Twan Eng wins Man Asian prize

Tan Twan Eng captured the 2012 award for his book 'In the Garden of Evening Mists.

Booker shortlist 2012: why language will prove victorious, whoever wins (14/10/2012) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/oct/14/booker-shortlist-2012-robert-mccrum?newsfeed=true

Booker shortlist 2012: why language will prove victorious, whoever wins

Man Booker Prize shortlist opts for experimental novels in which "the shock of language is shown in so many different ways".

Children's Illustrator Quentin Blake Knighted

Quentin Blake knighted

Quentin Blake holds his knighthood, which was presented to him at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles.

Women's Prize for Fiction longlist announced. Includes literary heavyweights like Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/13/hilary-mantel-womens-prize-for-fiction#)

Hilary Mantel faces six newcomers in contest for women's fiction prize

Women's Prize for Fiction longlist announced. Includes literary heavyweights like Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/13/hilary-mantel-womens-prize-for-fiction#)

Natalie Portman to play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in new film adaptation http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/natalie-portman-to-play-lady-macbeth-opposite-michael-fassbender-in-new-film-adaptation-8599074.html

Natalie Portman to play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in new film adaptation

Natalie Portman to play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in

Stephen King's Joyland pirated http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jun/17/stephen-king-joyland-pirated

Stephen King's Joyland pirated

Stephen King's Joyland was pirated before it's release. In this Guardian article and researchers look at how to tackle the problem of piracy in a world of

Independent booksellers deliver Amazon taxation petition to No 10 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/24/independent-booksellers-amazon-tax-petition)

Independent booksellers deliver Amazon taxation petition to No 10

Independent booksellers deliver Amazon taxation petition to No 10 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/24/independent-booksellers-amazon-tax-petition)

On the eve of his 70th birthday, Seamus Heaney tells Sameer Rahim about his   lifetime in poetry – and who he thinks would make a good poet laureate

Interview with Seamus Heaney

On the eve of his birthday, Seamus Heaney tells Sameer Rahim about his lifetime in poetry – and who he thinks would make a good poet laureate

The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald – walking through history | Books | The Guardian

The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald – walking through history

At the time of his death in a car crash aged WG Sebald was widely regarded as one of the world's greatest writers. James Wood, Iain Sinclair, Robert Macfarlane and Will Self reflect on what his work means to them

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