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Agatha Christie simplified

Publisher Collins has reduced 20 of Christie’s detective novels by 60%, simplifying the language and adding character notes and glossaries. The new series of abridged novels are set to introduce non-native English speakers to the glory of the British murder … Continue reading

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Shortlist revealed for British Science Fiction awards

A murder mystery set within a travel guide, the story of a floating circus of bio-engineered freaks in a post-apocalyptic future and a novel set in a world where humanity has been modified to photosynthesise sunlight with its hair, putting … Continue reading

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Andrew Miller novel Pure wins Costa Book of the Year 2012

Pure is the story of a young engineer sent to Paris on the orders of the king to demolish an ancient cemetery that is overflowing with the dead. Mr Miller, 51, saw off the challenge of bookies’ favourite Matthew Hollis … Continue reading

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Burnside wins TS Eliot prize

The Scottish poet triumphed over a very strong shortlist with his 11th collection, Black Cat Bone Judges described the collection as ‘outstanding’ and ‘hauntingly beautiful.’ There was controversy over this year’s TS Eliot Prize when two of the shortlisted poets, … Continue reading

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Nominees for Bad Sex Awards announced by Literary Review

The annual most-dreaded writing prize is awarded to the author who has penned the most toe-curling passage of purple prose in the last year Books nominated this year include: IQ84, Haruki Murakami; On Canaan’s Side, Sebastian Barry; The Final Testament … Continue reading

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Mantal’s novel to become a TV mini series

Hilary Mantel’s Booker-winning novel about Thomas Cromwell is being developed into a TV four-parter! The adaptation is being developed by UK independent Company Pictures, who produced Skins and Shameless, and US company Playground. If commissioned, it will be shown on … Continue reading

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Penguin to release exclusive short books

The first nine titles in the exclusive, digital-only Penguin Shorts series will be available from 1 December. The titles are A Guest at the Feast, a memoir by Colm Toibin; At the Hairdressers, a novella by Anita Brookner; Protection, a … Continue reading

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Alan Hollinghurst named as ‘author of the year’

Alan Hollinghurst, controversially left off the Booker shortlist, wins Book of the Year prize at Galaxy Awards Hollinghurst’s novel The Stranger’s Child saw off competition from Booker winner Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending and Carol Ann Duffy’s new … Continue reading

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People’s Novelist Finalists

Alan Titchmarsh’s show has spent all week working through the book entries for the People’s Novelist Award. Finalists include: – Bryan Palmer – David Roy – Lara Higgins – David Fordham Winning writers to be announced next week – watch … Continue reading

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Poetry and fish! Interesting combination…

The winners of the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition have been announced at a celebration in Cardiff. Following a lively open-top bus tour featuring performances from local poets Ifor Thomas and Peter Finch, the winners were announced at a fish … Continue reading

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