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Thursday October 5, 2017 at 9:49pm
Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel prize in literature 2017 The British author Kazuo Ishiguro said he was both honoured and “taken completely by surprise” after he was named this year’s winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, even initially wondering if the announcement was a case of “fake news”.Ishiguro, author of novels including The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, was praised by the Swedish Academy for novels which “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with th....
Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 7:51pm
The sun had not yet risen at 5.30am in Manhattan, but an estimated 300 of Hillary Clinton’s most devoted supporters had already lined up outside a bookstore in Union Square to meet her and buy a copy of her new election memoir, What Happened.View More: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/12/hillary-clinton-supporters-memoir-book
Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 1:52pm
From The Guardian: To celebrate a day for reading, we pick the recently released travel volumes, from a journey round the Hebrides to a vivid picture of the teeming streets of KolkataIn Search of Nice Americans, by Geoff Steward… Or how to turn a sabbatical into a travel book. British Lawyer Geoff Steward had wanderlust and was fed up with billing time. The result? A 2016 journey taking him from Seattle to Atlanta in a little over 30 days.View More:https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/sep/06/....
Friday September 1, 2017 at 7:54pm
Old age marks a rendezvous with reality that provokes timeless questions. At the end of John le Carré’s new novel, his greatest creation, George Smiley, observes that “an old spy in his dotage seeks the truth of ages”.As he approaches 86, David Cornwell, AKA John le Carré, still has to make a necessary rapprochement with his divided self, his past and its achievements. There are, no doubt, obscure and unreconciled regrets, obsessions and disappointments. But if you are lucky, as Cornwell has bee....
Wednesday August 23, 2017 at 7:56pm
The bestselling author writes his novel in the morning, a play or column in the afternoon – and likes to sneak off to the cinema when nobody is looking I wake early but don’t work. I like having the world to myself for a while. I make coffee – with an AeroPress: lots of stirring and shoving – and read until the rest of the house wakes up.I was a secondary school teacher when I wrote my first four novels, so I didn’t see any reason to change the rhythm of the working day when I stopped teaching, ....
Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 7:53pm
It’s Too Late Now, being republished after 70 years, reveals a writer frustrated at the eclipse of his work for adults by runaway success of children’s booksWinnie-the-Pooh may have secured a place in the hearts of children worldwide and made his creator a millionaire, but author AA Milne resented the way the bear of little brain undermined his reputation as a serious writer.The revelation appears in his 1939 memoir It’s Too Late Now, which is to be republished on 21 September, 70 years after it....
Sunday August 13, 2017 at 1:17am
Author tells readers that he is ‘months away’ from finishing long-awaited next instalment of epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Firehttps://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/24/game-of-thrones-winds-of-winter-could-be-out-in-2018-says-george-rr-martin
Sunday August 13, 2017 at 1:14am
The Reconstruction of a Crime, which the Scottish author co-wrote with the humorist EV Lucas, has been unearthed by the Strand magazinehttps://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/28/sensational-lost-play-by-peter-pan-author-jm-barrie-published
Thursday August 10, 2017 at 1:12am
1. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ - Dr. Seuss2. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wildehttps://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/national-book-lovers-day-words-to-live-by-from-famous-authors-a3607956.html
Friday July 7, 2017 at 7:18pm
A fundraising auction supported by authors including Margaret Atwood, Jacqueline Wilson and Philip Pullman has raised more than £150,000 to support residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.Pullman, who offered to name a character in the second instalment of his new series The Book of Dust, raised £32,400 after teacher James Clements suggested the character should be named in memory of his former pupil Nur Huda el-Wahabi, who died in the tragedy.Bidding crashed through the £30,000 barrier ai....