Man Booker 2018: And the Winner Is…

By October 17, 2018Literary Awards, News

The Man Booker Prize is one of the most esteemed prize in literary circles and the 2018 winner has now been announced. It was back in July we saw the coveted longlist and in September this was reduced down to the Man Booker shortlist. Now in a glittering awards ceremony, Anna Burns, author of Milkman is announced as the Man Booker winner 2018.




Anna Burns is the first Northern Irish winner of the prize and revealed she is ‘stunned’ to win. She will now receive £50,000 in prize money and of course all the accolade and increased sales that come with winning the coveted prize.

Milkman is set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and is a coming of age story about a young girl’s affair with a married man. Judges called the story marvellous and highlighted the “distinctive and consistently realised voice of the funny, resilient, astute, plain-spoken, first-person protagonist”.

Charlie Hebdo Survivor Philippe Lancon wins Respected Paris Book Prize

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When two militant gunmen burst into the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine in 2015 it shook the entire world, and journalists and writers especially felt the price the journalists had paid for free speech.

Now three years later, journalist Philippe Lancon who was injured in the deadly attacks has won the Femina Prize, a prestigious award for his book, Le Lambeau, an account of the attack and how it has affected Lancon’s life.

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Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2018

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The Books are My Bag Readers Awards are back for a third year, offering their own unique award system. The Awards really are one of a kind, the only book awards curated by bookshops and voted for by booklovers.

This year the award has added a new category for poetry, alongside the seven existing categories. Books are My Bag asked you to vote and you did so in your thousands and the winners are now in for the Books are My Bag Readers Awards, sponsored by National Book Tokens.
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America Selects its Favourite Read

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A few months ago we brought you the news that PBS were bringing The Great American Read to our televisions but the show was only accessible to those in the US. The show has been a huge success and through the show and votes, America chose its one hundred favourite reads.

A few nights ago the final show launched, which meant Number 1 in the Great American Read was announced. It will come as no surprise to many to hear that the number one book was selected as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, but there were a few surprises throughout the list.

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Swedish Academy Recruit New Members to Shake off Scandal

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It’s been the worst time in the history of the Swedish Academy who hand out the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mired in scandal as one of its members was accused (and now convicted) of rape charges, the 2018 prize was cancelled. In the history of the prize it’s just the third time it hasn’t been handed out, but now three new members have been recruited as the Academy attempts to recover from the scandal. Read More



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