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Newsflash: 2019 Booker Prize winners announced

This year’s Booker Prize has been announced in London today and for the first time in almost 30 years, the prize has been jointly awarded to two authors – Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and Bernadine Evaristi for Girl, Woman, Other.

The judging panel (Peter Florence, Liz Calder, Xiaolu Guo, Afua Hirsch and Joanna MacGregor) said that The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other were “fully engaged novels, they are both linguistically inventive, they are adventurous in all kinds of ways. They address the world today and give us insights into it and create characters who resonate with us, and will resonate with us for ages”.

Evaristo’s win makes her the first black woman to win the Booker since it began in 1969 and the first black British author. At 79, Atwood becomes the prize’s oldest winner. The Canadian author previously won the Booker in 2000 for The Blind Assassin; she becomes the fourth author to have won the prize twice.

The pair
will split the literary award's £50,000 prize money equally.

The Sellout: Man Booker Prize Winner 2016!

U.S. novelist Paul Beatty has won the Man Booker Prize for his novel 'The Sellout'!

4zd3uwnze6ehezwwjwd82qczpvenpjo-largeThe first american to win the prize, Beatty's 4th novel is a biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.

Chair of the judges Amanda Foreman said the novel "plunges into the heart of contemporary American society, with an absolutely savage wit, of the kind I haven't seen since Swift or Twain; [it] both manages to slay every social taboo and politically correct nuance, every sacred cow; and while making us laugh also makes us wince, it is both funny and painful at the same time, and it is really a novel for our times." [source: The Bookseller]

downloadBorn in the 'agrarian ghetto' of Dickens - on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles - the narrator of The Sellout is raised by his single father, a controversial sociologist, and spends his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. Led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes, he is shocked to discover, after his father is killed in a police shoot-out, that there never was a memoir. In fact, all that's left is the bill for a drive-through funeral. Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: his hometown Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident - Hominy Jenkins - he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school. What follows is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the holy grail of racial equality - the black Chinese restaurant.

The Sellout is available to order in store and online. Most stores will have it in stock in November. 

Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch to be a movie!

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Hollywood director John Crowley has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Donna Tartt‘s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The GoldfinchTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy  writer Peter Straughan wrote the script.

Last year, Crowley directed Brooklyn, which was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture category, so we can't wait to see what he does with this great piece of literature!

The novel focuses on Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker who survives an accident that kills his beloved mother. Abandoned by his father and unable to mesh in the elite social circle after he’s taken in by a wealthy friend, Decker stays connected to his mother through a small painting that eventually draws him into the art underworld. Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing for Warner Bros.