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Wed, 18 May 2011 08:13
The Orwell Prize 2011 has gone to The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham. From the site "The Orwell Prize is Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, we award prizes for the work - the book, the journalism and (since 2009) the blog - which comes closest to George Orwell's ambition 'to make political writing into an art'". This years winner was a unanimous decision apparently although unfortunately the author, a former master of the rolls, lord chief justice, and senior law lord, died last year.
The International Man Booker prize is an altogether more random affair. "Worth £60,000 to the winner, the prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. The winner is chosen solely (arbitrarily?) at the discretion of the judging panel." And if Man Booker have a spare 60 grand to give away then best of luck to them and this years winner, Philip Roth is certainly not undeserving of such largesse.
Finally, from an author who'll probably win some prizes comes a book we would have featured in our Book of the Week slot if there wasn't such a fight for what gets into it. Moth Smoke is all about a Pakistani banker with a hashish habit written by Mohsin Hamid, who brought us the brilliant Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Fri, 13 May 2011 16:52
Because it's spring and we're feeling generous we've decided to offer an extra 10% discount in addition to our already great prices until the end of May. So dust off those wishlists and get searching and save a bundle.
(Plus, we're running an office sweepstake to see who can guess the value of the offer. I've gone in pretty high, so you have to help me out here. Buy, buy, buy)
Thu, 05 May 2011 09:25
75 years. That's a whole lifetime away and it's how long ago Gone with the Wind was published. How do we know this? Well, there's a 75th Anniversary Edition of course.Other things that are 75th:
- - Diamond anniversary
- - The atomic number of rhenium
- - The age limit for Canadian senators
- - Municipal Okrug 75, a municipal okrug of Frunzensky District of Saint Petersburg
- - A common name for the Canon de 75 modèle 1897, a French World War 1 gun
- - The departement number of the city of Paris
And a cool clip from the movie.
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:28
We've got a competition to win a signed print of one of China Mieville's newly jacketed novels.
It's over here. Go on, have a go.
But before you do that, here's China discussing his work.
And China's new book, Embassytown is out now.
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:20
Beyonce has dumped her father...
Ok, so Beyonce isn't exactly a dull but sweet daughter and her old man isn't a widower and Jay-Z may not have squandered his money and only be with Beyonce for hers but apart from that, this is exactly like Washington Square by Henry James!!
Handsome paperback edition here.
More free classics to download here.
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