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The Man Booker Shortlist 2018 is here

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Earlier in the year we brought you the longlist for one of the most coveted prizes in literature, the Man Booker Prize. The longlist is know as the Man Booker Dozen but now that’s been whittled down to the prestigious shortlist, six novels among which is the Man Booker winner 2018.

We have that shortlist here so without further ado here are the books in the running for the 2018 Man Booker prize.

The 2018 winner will be announced on Tuesday 16th October, about a month from now in London’s Guildhall. The winning ceremony will be aired on the BBC and we’ll bring you news of that winner as soon as it breaks!

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2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Nonfiction

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All this week we’ve been bringing you the longlists for the National Book Awards, courtesy of the New Yorker. We started with fiction, then young people’s literature before covering the translated literature longlist and yesterday poetry. Today it’s time for the final longlist, nonfiction.

There’s no denying it’s been a tumultuous couple of years in the world and lots of people, authors, and artists have shown concern for the future. Those concerns have certainly come through in published works as the nonfiction longlist shows.

And here it is, the ten books selection for the National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction.

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2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Poetry

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This week we’re bringing you the longlist via the New Yorker for the National Book Awards 2018. So far we’ve had fiction, young people’s literature, and translated literature but today we’re looking at the poetry nominations.

The longlist for poetry is an eclectic collection with a range of poetry styles and collections. Some we’ve heard of, some poets are new to us, but we do know that if it’s in the longlist then it’s almost guaranteed to be a fantastic collection.

And here it is, the National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry 2018:

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2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Translated Literature

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This week we’re bringing you the longlist via the New Yorker for the National Book Awards 2018. So far we’ve had fiction and young people’s literature but today we’re featuring the longlist for translated literature.

In previous years the National Book Awards has not awarded a prize for translated literature so this is the inaugural prize in this category. Many of the books have already received favourable attention around the literary world and now they are back in the limelight today.

We still have poetry and nonfiction to go but for today here’s the longlist for translated literature.

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Haruki Murakami Withdraws His Book from This Year’s Alternative Nobel Prize

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Famed Japanese author Haruki Murakami has requested that his 2017 book Killing Commendatore be withdrawn from this year’s alternative Nobel Prize in Literature award. This year sees an alternative award called the New Academy Prize in Literature, as the original has been postponed this year following a sexual misconduct scandal.

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The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature

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The National Book Awards 2018 is upon us and this week the New Yorker has been publishing the longlists for each category. Yesterday we brought you the National Book Awards longlist for fiction, and what a longlist it is, today it’s time for Young People’s Literature with ten longlisted books for you to peruse.

As always it’s an exciting list and as we all know, YA isn’t just for kids so why not pick your favourite and give it a read! Here’s the full longlist for Young People’s Literature.

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The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction

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This week the New Yorker is announcing the longlists for the National Book Awards. The categories are Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. We’re concentrating on the big one today, the fiction longlist and there are ten books in the list.

It’s an eclectic selection featuring a range of authors, some already popular in our review section, others not. Without further ado, there are all ten books in the longlist with links to buy and links to reviews if we have them.

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The New Academy: an alternative to the Nobel Prize for Literature

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The Swedish Academy cancelled this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature following a sexual misconduct furore. 

The last time the prize was cancelled was back in 1943 while everyone was a little distracted by World War II but this time it has been decided that an alternative prize should be offered.

Over 100 Swedish journalists, writers and important cultural figures temporarily formed the New Academy to honour literary greats with a new prize this Autumn. In a statement, the New Academy have explained:

“We have founded the New Academy to remind people that literature and culture at large should promote democracy, transparency, empathy and respect, without privilege, bias arrogance or sexism.

In a time when human values are increasingly being called into question, literature becomes an even more important counterforce to stop the culture of silence and oppression.

The New Academy regards this as so important that the world’s greatest literature prize should still be awarded in 2018.”

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Sainsbury Reveals the Shortlist for the Children’s Book Awards 2018

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The British supermarket chain Sainsbury has once again teamed up with BookTrust for its annual children’s book award, and the short list of nominated titles has been revealed. A total of 15 books have been nominated across five categories which cover the likes of Best Picture Book to Favourite Characters.

The fifth annual Sainsbury Children’s Book Award sees authors such as Ed Vere, Abi Elphinstone and Garth Jennings nominated along with popular children’s characters such as Peppa Pig and the Pokemon franchise. As BookTrust reports, the nominations are as follows:

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