Monday, October 22, 2012


So Hilary Mantel has won the Booker. Surprising it is too having an
 English woman winning with a sequel - but what a sequel. Bring 
up the Bodies explores the mystifying and terrifying destruction
of Anne Boleyn and gives a new meaning and twist to historical fiction.

Elsewhere in prizeland, the Orange Prize has lost its long-term sponsorship, is being renamed the Women's Prize for Fiction and rumour is that it will be funded by private donors including Cherie Blair; author Joanna Trollope and Christopher Foyle of Foyles bookshops. The 2012 award worth £30,000 was won by Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles.

The Pen/Pinter awards went to British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy who nominated A Woman in the Crossfire by Syrian writer, Samar Yazbek, who fearful for her daughter's safety has fled Syria and is living in exile. Interestingly this award is unique in that a British winner is selected by a panel of judges and then chooses an 'international writer of courage' to share the prize.

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