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Articles on Brexit and #MeToo aftermath make columnist joint winner with Steve Bloomfield of Prospect
The Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore has won the Orwell prize for journalism for her “stubborn and brave commentary” on the aftermath of Brexit, #metoo and the politics of remembrance.
Moore won the prize for articles on attitudes to Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in the wake of the #MeToo movement; why she was wrong to refuse to wear a poppy for remembrance; and why she did not take part in the march for a People’s Vote.
Totally thrilled by this @TheOrwellPrize and sharing it with @bloomfieldSJ . It was a strange and wonderful synergy . we both talked about class . As an issue. A couple of people said well co-ordinated. Never met him before. Maybe good journalism is instinct about what matters x
.@suzanne_moore @guardian and Steve Bloomfield @prospect_uk both win @TheOrwellPrize and both call out lack of diversity in media; class is a big issue in journalism #orwellprize pic.twitter.com/ygAQwWs4Bh
Tomorrow I will thank you properly. Especially the people who dont even agree with me cos thats really generous of you. NOW the biggest g and t you have ever seen xxContinue reading...
Publishers hit by surprise 5.4% fall in 2018 – but warn against proclaiming terminal decline
UK book sales fell for the first time in five years in 2018, despite the success of bestsellers such as Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming.
The UK publishing industry was hit by a surprise fall of £168m (5.4%) in sales of physical books last year, ending a period of growth stretching back to at least 2014.Continue reading...
Anna Burns’ Milkman and Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing win political fiction and political writing awards
Two books about the Troubles in Northern Ireland have been announced as the winners of the Orwell prize 2019.
Anna Burns’ experimental novel Milkman won the inaugural prize for political fiction, while the prize for political writing was awarded to Patrick Radden Keefe for his book Say Nothing.Continue reading...
Spider-Man and X-Men creator’s teenaged-superhero story A Trick of the Light also to be released this week as audiobook
One of the late Stan Lee’s final projects, a superhero origins story about two teenagers with extraordinary powers who must come together to save the world from destruction, will be published as a novel this autumn.
A Trick of the Light, co-written by Kat Rosenfield, tells of the friendship between Cameron, who has the ability to manipulate technology with his mind after a freak accident, and the mysterious hacker and coding genius Nia. When physical and online forces threaten the annihilation of the human race, they must combine their powers to save the world.Continue reading...
The bestselling author behind bonkbusters such as Scruples and Princess Daisy has died at her home in Los Angeles
Judith Krantz, who chronicled the sex and shopping of the super-rich and super-beautiful in bestselling novels from Scruples to Princess Daisy, has died at the age of 91.
The American writer, who sold more than 85m copies of her 10 novels in more than 50 languages, died at her Bel Air home from natural causes, surrounded by her family, friends and dogs, her publicist said.Continue reading...
Maturing YA authors move beyond rigid age-group markets
Bridget Collins was about to quit writing when she came up with the book that would become The Binding, a lush historical fantasy above love, loss and desire in a world where books are used to “bind” memories ensuring that bad or troubling moments can be forgotten.
Collins, who had begun her career in young adult fiction, was between contracts. She wrote her first adult novel because it was “the book I wanted to read”. It has already sold more than 35,000 hardback copies – and 100,000 when eBooks are included – making it the biggest-selling fiction hardback of the year so far, an achievement driven largely by the support of booksellers and word-of-mouth recommendations.Continue reading...
Oswald will be the first woman to serve in the role, established three centuries ago
Alice Oswald has won the race to be Oxford’s latest professor of poetry. She will be the first woman to serve in the position, established more than 300 years ago.
Speaking to the Guardian after the announcement, Oswald said that after a “distinctly unsettling process” she was “very pleased, daunted, grateful to my nominators”.
Related: Moon Hymn by Alice OswaldContinue reading...
Protest against Germany’s 19% tax on sanitary products sells out first print run in one day
Open up a book and you can find a whole world. But the first book from the German startup the Female Company offers something more straightforward: within its covers are 15 tampons. And it is flying off the shelves.
The Tampon Book is a protest against Germany’s 19% tax on tampons as “luxury goods” – and a way of getting round it. Books are taxed at 7% in Germany, and so the founders of the Female Company, which sells organic sanitary products, decided to publish one and include tampons inside it. Released earlier this spring, the first print-run sold out in a day and the second in a week, said the publisher, with around 10,000 copies sold to date. Only the English-language edition is currently available.Continue reading...
Writers and activists quit literature festival over funding by Home Office programme
Six writers and activists have pulled out of the Bradford literature festival (BLF) in protest after it emerged it received funding from a government counter-extremism programme.
The group withdrew from planned appearances after learning that the 10-day event, which was founded in 2014, has accepted money provided as part of the Home Office’s counter-extremism strategy for the first time.Continue reading...