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The Perseverance, using the writer’s experience of deafness to explore human communication, was praised by judges as ‘exceptionally brave and kind’
Raymond Antrobus has become the first poet to win the £30,000 Rathbones Folio prize, taking the award for his “exceptionally brave and kind” exploration of the deaf experience, The Perseverance.
The Jamaican-British spoken-word poet, who was diagnosed as deaf at the age of six, was up against seven other books. The prize is intended to reward “the best work of literature of the year, regardless of form”, and this year’s shortlist included Diana Evans’s Women’s prize-shortlisted novel Ordinary People, and Ashleigh Young’s collection of essays Can You Tolerate This?. But in the end, judges said the Antrobus’s poems, which move from his childhood diagnosis to his late father’s alcoholism, edged ahead of close contender Mary Anne Sate, Imbecile, a verse narrative by Alice Jolly.Continue reading...
AN Wilson describes Tory MP’s book about eminent Victorians as ‘morally repellent’
Adoring colleagues on the right of the Conservative party hang on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s every word in the House of Commons, considering him one of Brexit’s foremost rhetoricians.Continue reading...
State senate’s near-total abortion ban prompts demand for genre to treat issue as ‘a normal part of life, not a moral lesson’
Dip into the fast-moving world of romantic fiction and it quickly becomes clear that very few of the fictional couples enjoying mind-blowing sex have any idea how to use a condom. The number of novels that use an unplanned pregnancy as a major plot point is almost as staggering as the sex they contain.
Take The Greek’s Pregnant Cinderella, in which a hotel maid is “utterly pleasured” by a Greek tycoon but “discovers her midnight mischief had nine-month consequences!” Or Her Forgotten Lover’s Heir, where “brooding Pietro Agosti is stunned when his sizzling fling with vibrant teacher Molly Armstrong results in her pregnancy”. Was it really that much of a surprise?Continue reading...
British-Sri Lankan’s debut In Our Mad and Furious City, set on a housing estate during riots sparked by the murder of a British soldier, wins £30,000 award
Debut novelist Guy Gunaratne has won the £30,000 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas prize for In Our Mad and Furious City, an “urgent, timely and compelling” account of life on a London housing estate during city-wide riots.
The British-Sri Lankan writer, 35, who is also a human-rights documentary film-maker, was also longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize and won this year’s Jhalak prize for the novel. It is set over the 48-hour period after a British soldier is murdered by a black man, and told through the voices of “those with elsewhere in their blood”.Continue reading...
Former PM reportedly wanted to hold off until after Brexit but For the Record could now precede it
David Cameron’s autobiography will be published in September, his publisher has announced.
Cameron sold the rights to his memoir to William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins, for a reported £800,000 in 2016 and promised to give a frank account of his time in Downing Street.
We are pleased to announce that @WmCollinsBooks – an imprint of HarperCollins UK – will publish former Prime Minister David Cameron’s autobiography this autumn. FOR THE RECORD will be released on Thursday 19th September, in hardback, ebook and audio. pic.twitter.com/IQU5lZyslXContinue reading...
Researcher claims to have solved mystery of 15th-century text but others are sceptical
Some say it is a medieval medical manual written in abbreviated Latin and aimed at well-to-do women. Not true, say others: it was written in Hebrew by an Italian physician and clearly shows Jewish women having ritual baths.Continue reading...
Keya Morgan, the memorabilia dealer who became close to the comics magnate, is accused of ‘false imprisonment, forgery and fraud’
Stan Lee’s former business manager has been charged with five counts of elder abuse against the co-creator of The Avengers and Spider-Man, who died last year aged 95.
The Los Angeles superior court has issued an arrest warrant against Keya Morgan, a New York memorabilia dealer who became a close companion to Lee, for charges including false imprisonment, forgery and fraud. These date back to June 2018, when Lee’s attorney first applied for a restraining order against Morgan following an incident that May in which police and a social worker were called to Lee’s home in Los Angeles to perform a welfare check. Morgan was reported to have dialled 911 and tried to get the visiting police arrested, saying they were impostors and trespassing on Lee’s property. He was then arrested and charged with filing a false police report.Continue reading...
Actor Ian McElhinney, who played Ser Barristan Selmy in HBO’s adaptation, claimed last month that the author had ‘struck an agreement’ with the TV channel
George RR Martin has rebuffed the rumour that he has secretly finished the final two books in his Song of Ice and Fire series, after a Game of Thrones actor made the claim last month.
Speculation began spreading online after actor Ian McElhinney, who played Ser Barristan Selmy in the HBO adaptation, made the claim on 29 April at a fan convention in Russia. “George has already written books six and seven … but he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed,” he told the audience at EPIC Con 2019.Continue reading...
Her role in exposing US Iraq war secrets saw her jailed for seven years, and she promises ‘a book about trials, tribunals, struggles, difficulties’ and her love life
Chelsea Manning will reveal the details of how and why she decided to send hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, in a memoir due early next year.
The as-yet unnamed book will see Manning write about what publisher The Bodley Head described as her “challenging childhood” and her “struggles as an adolescent”. It will also delve into why she decided to join the army, as well as how, when she was working as an intelligence analyst for US forces in Iraq in 2010, she smuggled out 720,000 classified military documents on the memory card of her digital camera and sent them to WikiLeaks.Continue reading...