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This years Wodehouse prize winners are on the money a judges view The Everyman Wodehouse prize has to produce belly-laughs by the barrowload which is why Hannah Rothschild and Paul Murray both deserved to winAnyone can tell a joke, more or less, so any decent writer can produce a funny scene. Maybe a sparkling one-liner
The Guardian | 22 hours, 37 minutes ago | comment? | recommend
Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vsquez review the late-life crisis of a political cartoonist This story of how a Colombian rebel is embraced by the establishment is promising but problematicThere are certain things western readers expect from a Colombian novelist, and Juan Gabriel Vsquez (pictured) has made quite a point of avoiding them. His&nbs
The Guardian | 22 hours, 37 minutes ago | comment? | recommend
The Long Weekend review life in the English country house between the wars Swans in the moat, inglenooks and romantic conservatism but Adrian Tinswoods hugely enjoyable, unsnobbish book uncovers another, more subversive, side to the storyThe problem with breaking down the past into periods is that it requires you to come up with
The Guardian | 23 hours, 6 minutes ago | comment? | recommend
The best new childrens books reviews roundup A philosophical tiger, a bear who pretends to be a bee, strange guests for tea and love among the surfboards all in the latest picture books and novelsAlong with bears and bunnies, tigers star in a surprising number of picture books, from Judith Kerrs The
The Guardian | 23 hours, 36 minutes ago | comment? | recommend
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne review This is yet another brilliant book by John Boyne, author of Boy in the Striped PyjamasThis is yet another brilliant book by John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. He helps children understand what it would be like to be a child in the first
The Guardian | 23 hours, 36 minutes ago | comment? | recommend
Clive James: Fixing my maple tree will cost a few bob. Id write a poem, but it wont make any money Even the best poets would be in career trouble without the occasional grant or awardMy maple tree, about which I wrote a poem saying it would outlive me, is suddenly half dead and soon might be fully so. Yesterday, looking like a demoralised triffid, it w
The Guardian | May 28, 2016 07:00 AM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
Fully booked: this years best literary festivals Go to Port Eliot to see Ali Smith, Dave Eggers and Max Porter, and see debut crime novels pitted against the likes of Val McDermid in HarrogateThe Glastonbury of literary festivals, Hay combines serious star power with a certain boho edge. It was founded
The Guardian | May 28, 2016 07:00 AM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
Fair play: can literary festivals pay their way? With authors demanding payment and overheads tight, organisers are under increasing pressure. What does the future look like?I think the truth hit last summer, when I was at a festival to interview a group of writers. It was not a literary festival per se
The Guardian | May 28, 2016 07:00 AM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
Paul McCartney by Philip Norman review the Beatle finally gets his due Norman was one of the commentators who made popular the idea that John Lennon was the key member of the Beatles. In this flawed but powerful new book he admits he was wrongPhilip Normans biography of the Beatles, Shout!, has sold more than a million copie
The Guardian | May 28, 2016 06:30 AM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog' Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love.
NPR.org | May 27, 2016 5:13 PM [GMT] | comment? | recommend