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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.

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.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Awards Round-Up 2014

Monday, April 21st, 2014

It’s April so it must be time for another SF/Fantasy Awards Round-Up.  Below are the nominees (and one winner + nominees) of what we think of as the Big Four.  I’ve not included nominees for the Retro Hugos; I hope you’ll forgive me…

Winners will be announced in future Bookbits (and then edited in here).  Our Tiemen will be chuffed that his favorite read from 2013 is featured on every list!

Also, congratulations to Thomas Olde Heuvelt, who has been nominated for a Hugo for his short story “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket.”  That’s twice now in two years!  Fantastic!

2014 Philip K. Dick Award:


First prize and citation were announced on April 18th.

2013 Nebula Award for Best Novel:

Winner was announced on May 18th.

2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award:

The winner was announced on May 1st.

2014 Hugo Award (Best Novel Category only):

The winner will be announced on August 18th.

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.