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National Book awards: Jason Mott wins US literary prize for ‘masterful’ novel Hell of a Book

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The North Carolina writer Jason Mott has won the National Book Foundation’s 2021 prize for fiction, for his novel Hell of a Book. The US foundation’s 72nd annual awards, presented online only due to Covid-19, were ann...

‘How do you give up privilege?': Damon Galgut on his Booker-winning novel

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“I’m used to not winning – that’s kind of what I’m programmed for, and what I’m braced for,” says the quietly spoken South African novelist Damon Galgut, the morning after he was awarded the Booker prize for his ninth...

Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi review – a hurtling hothouse of a novel

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Helen Oyeyemi is a bamboozler, a discombobulator, a peddler of perplexity. She crushes fables and fairytales down to a powder and then laces her fiction with it like some kind of literary hallucinogen. Her novels shou...

Alex Gino’s children’s novel George retitled Melissa ‘to respect trans heroine’

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Alex Gino’s award-winning children’s novel about a trans girl, George, is being renamed Melissa, after Gino and publisher Scholastic said they made a mistake in titling it with a name “the main character does not like...

Chapter and curse: is the horror novel entering a golden age?

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Horror fiction, says author Stephen Graham Jones, is booming right now. “It’s blooming, it’s blossoming. intendo, night blooms, ovviamente, with a bloody centre. Probably some flies crawling over those petals.” Jones, un...

Final Inspector Montalbano novel, finished years ago, is published in UK

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The final novel in Andrea Camilleri’s beloved Inspector Montalbano mystery series is was published on Thursday – but the late author actually completed it five years ago, to prevent his detective’s story being continu...

‘They told me I was grown up enough to keep a secret’: exclusive extract from Silverview, John le Carré’s final novel

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A 10 o’clock of a rainswept morning in London’s West End, a young woman in a baggy anorak, a woollen scarf pulled up around her head, strode resolutely into the storm that was roaring down South Audley Street. Her na...

The Long Song review – a vivid, harrowing staging of Andrea Levy’s novel

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An additional sting in the tragedy of the death of Andrea Levy at the age of 62 was that an author whose work displays a rare combination of compelling narrative and historical urgency had time for only five novels. S...

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead review – a delicious heist novel

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Per più di 20 years Colson Whitehead has delivered novels notable for cultural satire, racial allegory, genre expansion and quirkiness: The Intuitionist, Sag Harbor, Zone One, The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer #1)...

New hustle: Pulitzer winner Colson Whitehead on his heist novel

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Something strange happened the morning after Colson Whitehead finished his forthcoming novel. “I put the book to bed, and then I got up the next morning and Minneapolis was on fire," lui dice. Era 26 Maggio 2020, the f...

And then there were two: novel thought to have inspired Agatha Christie gets UK publication

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A group of guests are invited to a party but, when they arrive, their mysterious host tells them by broadcast that they will all die by morning. This is not in fact the well-known plot of Agatha Christie’s And Then Th...

‘Novel of the moment’: Sally Rooney’s third book hits the shelves

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It’s been one of the most hyped book releases in the literary calendar, with fans desperate to get their hands on a copy of Sally Rooney’s hotly anticipated third novel. Following on from the dizzying success of her c...

A new start after 60: ‘I always dreamed of being a writer – and published my first novel at 70’

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When Anne Youngson’s agent told her a publisher had made an offer for her first novel, she was worried. “I said: ‘Don’t they want to meet me?’ I was convinced that when they discovered how old I was, their whole attit...

Forget AC-12, meet DS-5: Jed Mercurio on his new graphic novel Sleeper

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Jed Mercurio has mastered the art, and science, of keeping audiences deeply invested in his intricate, web-like plots. A record-breaking 12 million viewers simultaneously tuned into the final episode of his police cor...

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, tuttavia: Kazuo Ishi...

AK Blakemore wins Desmond Elliott prize for ‘stunning’ debut novel

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AK Blakemore has won the Desmond Elliott prize for best debut, with her historical novel about the English witch trials of the 17th century, The Manningtree Witches, praised by judges as a “stunning achievement”. Foll...

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