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‘It’s the best way to live!’: International Booker winners Geetanjali Shree and Daisy Rockwell

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“If you handle a heavy thing with lightness, you actually increase the poignancy, and it puts a different kind of focus on it.” Geetanjali Shree is talking to me about her novel Tomb of Sand, which, in its translation...

International Booker prize shortlist delivers ‘awe and exhilaration’

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From Olga Tokarczuk’s epic about a man who claimed to be the messiah to Geetanjali Shree’s tale of a widow finding a new lease of life, female writers take the majority of places on this year’s International Booker pr...

Booker winner Ben Okri rewrites published novel to drive home message on slavery

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Self-criticism, perhaps even regret, is common among writers looking back at old work, but the novelist Ben Okri has now gone so far as to rewrite a whole published novel. And it is a book he already liked quite a lot...

International Booker prize announces longlist ‘tracing ring around the world’

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Tomb of Sand by Indian writer Geetanjali Shree has become the first book translated from Hindi to be nominated for the International Booker prize. The judges praised the “loud and irresistible” tale of an elderly woma...

Always wanted to write? Booker winner George Saunders on how to get started

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While George Saunders was writing his latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, he noticed something strange. The book examines seven Russian short stories, which Saunders has taught on the creative writing course at...

Keri Hulme, New Zealand’s first Booker prize-winning writer, dies aged 74

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Acclaimed author and poet Keri Hulme, who was the first New Zealander to win the Booker prize, has died aged 74. The reclusive writer, who won the prestigious literary prize in 1985 for her first novel The Bone People...

From the Booker to the Nobel: why 2021 is a great year for African writing

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This has been a great year for African writing,” announced Damon Galgut, accepting the Booker prize earlier this month for his multilayered novel, The Promise, which tells the story of an Afrikaner family amid the pol...

Damon Galgut’s layered feat of fiction is a clear Booker winner

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This year an idiosyncratic shortlist has produced a clear and unsurprising winner. With an impressive backlist and two former shortlistings, Damon Galgut is a major figure in world literature and a vital, nuanced chro...

Damon Galgut is ‘all the rage’ favourite to win 2021 Booker prize

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Damon Galgut’s The Promise is frontrunner at the bookies to win the Booker prize this week. Six authors are in the running for the £50,000 award, with judges chaired by historian Maya Jasanoff set to meet on Wednesday...

A pioneering pilot, a vast wilderness, a drunken afternoon… Booker shortlisted authors reveal their inspirations

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‘I did not see a character, but rather a horizon’ The idea often comes on a heightened day, when you’ve had too much of something or too little of something else, or when everything is about to be completely differen...

Arguments, anticipation and carefully encouraged scandals: the making of the Booker prize

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Just after 7.20pm on 20 October 1981, the 100 or so guests for the Booker prize ceremony sat down under the oak panelling of the Stationers’ Hall in the City of London. Dinner was mousse of avocado and spiced mushroom...

Nadifa Mohamed is sole British writer to make Booker prize shortlist

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Just one British author has made the shortlist for this year’s Booker prize: Nadifa Mohamed, who was chosen for her third novel The Fortune Men, a reimagining of the true story of a Somali seaman who was wrongfully co...

‘I’ve been poor for a long time’: after many rejections, Karen Jennings is up for the Booker

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Karen Jennings is still in shock. It has been a few days since the announcement that her novel, An Island, has been longlisted for the Booker prize, and the 38-year-old South African author looks as though she’s reeli...

Rachel Cusk’s singular novel stands out on wide-ranging Booker longlist

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This is a longlist light on debuts and surprises, heavy on historical fiction, with an impressive geographical reach and an interest in the weight of the past. The biggest names look to the future, however: Kazuo Ishi...

Booker prize reveals globe-spanning longlist of ‘engrossing stories’

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Kazuo Ishiguro first won the Booker prize in 1989 for The Remains of the Day. Thirty-one years later, the British author has made the longlist for the £50,000 award with Klara and the Sun, his first novel since winnin...

International Booker winner David Diop: ‘It’s war that’s savage, not the soldiers’

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David Diop, the first French novelist and the first writer of African heritage to win the International Booker prize, along with his translator Anna Moschovakis, likes to seek out stories in historical gaps and missin...

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