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Bookbits for February 21st, 2014

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Goodness me, it’s been about a decade since we last wrote a Bookbits…  Hope you like this one,  we’re restarting it small, and we’ll try not to make you wait too long for the next one!  :-)

  • The Guardian has made a very appropiate list for us: 2014 in Books! Check out per month what is going to happen this year in the literary world. (With thanks to Nicki.)
  • With the LEGO movie in theaters now, Waterstones has been recreating classic scenes from literature with the little nubby blocks.  Warning: scenes may be gruesome and bloody!  Or as gruesome and bloody as LEGO can get.

Eleanor Catton wins the 2013 Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Congratulations to Eleanor Catton, who won the last non-worldwide Man Booker Prize last night for her second novel The Luminaries.

Some words of praise from the judging panel:

“The chair of judges Robert Macfarlane described the book as a “dazzling work, luminous, vast”. It is, he said, “a book you sometimes feel lost in, fearing it to be ‘a big baggy monster’, but it turns out to be as tightly structured as an orrery”. Each of its 12 chapters halves in length which gives the narrative a sense of acceleration. It is not, however, an extended exercise in literary form. Macfarlane and his fellow judges were impressed by Catton’s technique but it was her “extraordinarily gripping” narrative that enthralled them. “We read it three times and each time we dug into it the yields were extraordinary, its dividends astronomical.” The Luminaries is, said Macfarlane, a novel with heart.”

Read the entire announcement here.

About The Luminaries:

“On a blustery January day, a prostitute is arrested. In the midst of the 1866 gold rush on the coast of New Zealand, this might have gone unnoticed. But three notable events occur on that same day: a luckless drunk dies, a wealthy man vanishes, and a trafficker of ill repute cancels all of his business and weighs anchor, as if making an escape. Anna Wetherell, the prostitute in question, is connected to all three men.

This sequence of apparently coincidental events provokes the powerful town rulers to form a secret council to investigate what they believe is a conspiracy to murder. But their clandestine meeting is interrupted by the arrival of a stranger: young Walter Moody has come to seek his fortune on the goldfields, and he, it turns out, has a secret of his own…

Both epic and intimate, The Luminaries is an astonishing feat of storytelling, an intricately crafted novel that takes readers behind the scenes of a mystery to reveal how destiny is reshaped when circumstances shift, but everything remains connected.”

An ebook version of The Luminaries is available here.  Eleanor Catton’s previous novel is The Rehearsal (ebook here). The 2013 Man Booker shortlist can be found here, and the longlist here.

Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Congratulations to Alice Munro, who became the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate this morning.  She was praised as the “master of the contemporary short story.”  The full announcement can be found here.

Alice Munro has been a staple of our Fiction sections for a looooong time; any new title by her is always eagerly awaited by her fans.  Lynn was reading her latest, Dear Life, a little while back.  Most of Alice Munro’s books are still in print, or undoubtedly will be by the end of the day.  ;-)   Below you can find the ones that are available at the moment.

Ebooks are available for Dear Life, Selected Stories, New Selected Stories, Too Much Happiness, The View from Castle Rock, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

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Shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize announced

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist:

EBooks available for We Need New Names, The Luminaries, Harvest, The Lowland, A Tale for the Time Being and The Testament of Mary.

The longlist is available here.  The winner will be announced on October 15th, so get reading!  :-)

Longlist announced for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Still wondering what to read this summer?  The 2013 Man Booker Prize longlist was announced yesterday.  Here they are, accompanied by picture of the official announcement (thanks Sigrid!):

There are eBooks available for Five Star Billionaire, We Need New Names, Harvest, The Kills is available as 4 separate stories (Sutler, The Massive, The Kill and The Hit), TransAtlantic, A Tale for the Time Being, The Spinning Heart and The Testament of Mary.

Also note that some of these titles have not been published yet; undoubtedly these will be rushed to print.

The shortlist will be announced on September 10th, while the winner will be announced on October 15th.