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Booker Prize 2023: Three Pauls nominated but did the right one win?

Booker Prize 2023: Three Pauls nominated but did the right one win?

Art, books, Breaking News, Celebrity, Culture
(Designed by Shaurya Thapa, image of Paul Lynch by The Booker Prize, book covers by Oneworld, Hamish Hamilton and Hutchinson Heinemann) Paul. All iconic groups need one. Jesus’s 12 Apostles had one. And so did The Beatles. But this year’s lineup of the Booker Prize-nominated writers had three! With the award night live-streamed on November 26 (Sunday), 2022 Booker winner Shehan Karunatilaka presented the coveted literature trophy to Paul Lynch for his fifth novel Prophet Song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgIGnfxISk0&t=3503s But among bibliophiles, there remain a few who feel the Irish film critic-turned-author might not have been the best Paul to win. With three out of six nominees this year sharing the first name Paul, here’s a look at each one of them and the
Celebrity, food, fiction and fact – booksellers bank on a Christmas bonanza

Celebrity, food, fiction and fact – booksellers bank on a Christmas bonanza

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Christmas crackers: some best-selling fiction at Foyle’s bookshop (Picture: Muhammad Hamza Khan) London’s booksellers are hoping for a bumper month of sales in the run-up to Christmas – their most crucial four weeks of the year. Independent bookshops and the smaller chains – facing increasing online competition from Amazon and other retailers - rely on December sales for almost half their annual income.  This year, as window displays have been completed to tempt passing customers, booksellers will be watching the weather inside and outside their shops, gauging which titles are turning over the tills. “It changes the game for us,” said Olivia, one of the staff at Lutyens & Rubinstein, an independent bookshop near Portobello Road in west London’s Notting Hill, which modest
Need magic to escape from modern life? Adults are loving children’s books too

Need magic to escape from modern life? Adults are loving children’s books too

Adults, books, Breaking News, children, Culture, Education, LifeStyle, News
Children and young adult’s book markets are increasing, and according to a Writers and Artists article by Chris Kloet, editor at Walker Books, around 10,000 new children’s titles are published in the UK every year, and there is also a current vogue for “young adult” novels. But can this be only attributed to the children and teenagers’ reading habits? Siobhan Curham, author and writing coach, said: “Young adult books blur the line between children’s and adult books because there is a big cross-over, with many adults reading them.” What distinguishes a children's and a young adult’s book? Joshua Cartwright, who works for Wealdstone Library and also is a writer of children's books, defined it as “books with stories or information which is understandable by the age group that they a