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Richard Flanagan wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Congratulations to Richard Flanagan for winning the 2014 Man Booker Prize with The Narrow Road to the Deep North (ebook available here)!

This year marked the first time that any writer could win it, regardless of nationality, so long as the book was originally written in English and published in the UK.

The head of this year’s jury, A. C. Grayling, had this to say about the book:  ”The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war. Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism.  This is the book that Richard Flanagan was born to write.”

The 2014 Man Booker shortlist can be found here, and the longlist here.

Other novels by Richard Flanagan: Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish, The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting.

Patrick Modiano wins the Nobel Prize for Literature 2014

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Congratulations to French author Patrick Modiano for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature!

“For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” – the Nobel Prize jury

Modiano won the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, in 1978 for Rue des boutiques obscures (English title: Missing Person).  Some other works of his that have been translated into English thus far are Dora Bruder (The Search Warrant), Catherine Certitude (illustrated by Sempé!) and Voyage de noces (Honeymoon).  Undoubtedly more will be (re-)published with this happy news!

Photo credit: Patrick Swirc for Télérama 2014.

Bookbits for September 11th, 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
  • I love the responses to this reader survey The Guardian did, about “hearing” what you’re reading.  I always hear the book in my head, loud and clear.  I’ve also found I very much “read” commas and exclamation marks and ALL CAPS.  How about you?

2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

You know it’s truly fall when the Man Booker Prize shortlist is announced…  :-)  The 2014 shortlist consists of:

The winner will be announced on October 14th, and the longlist can be found here.

Bookbits for July 18th, 2014

Friday, July 18th, 2014
  • First and foremost, rest in peace to all aboard the crashed Malaysian Airlines flight.  Best wishes and ’sterkte’ to everyone who knew someone on the flight.  It hardly seems fair the sun shines so brightly today.
  • R. I. P. also to Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize laureate who was a strong voice against apartheid in South Africa.  She is probably best known for her novel July’s People (banned in South Africa at the time).
  • Travel site Skyscanner made a list of the 22 Most Beautiful Bookshops in the World – and ABC Amsterdam’s on it, hooray!  I do secretly wish that one day someone will discover the beauty in ABC The Hague.  ;-)
  • For those of you who love books and food (…but really, who doesn’t?): there’s a fantastic literary supper club in Amsterdam called The Bookish Banquet.  Featuring fine dining (and I really mean fine dining) all themed around one book.  Looks absolutely smashing.  :-)
  • And finally, for all you David Mitchell aficionados, head on over to Twitter to read a new short story that he is tweeting on his account (you can read it in order via the SceptreBooks account).  It might tide you over until his new book The Bone Clocks comes out in September.