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Suggested Topics A new prize awaits the best of the fiction to be published in 2012: The Literature Prize was recently founded by a group of authors, literary journalists and publishing types whose aim is to "establish a clear and uncompromising
Peter Stothard, TLS editor and chair of Booker prize judges for 2012. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA After Stella Rimington brought a storm of righteous literary rage down on this year's Man Booker prize by announcing her quest for "readable" books,
When the first volume of Samuel Beckett's Letters appeared in spring 2009, James Naughtie refereed an unseemly ding-dong on the Today radio programme between their soft-voiced Irish founding editor, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, and a grumpy Philip Hensher,
tool goes here "King of the Badgers" by Philip Hensher; Faber & Faber (436 pages, $26) The first thing you notice about "King of the Badgers," the new novel by British writer Philip Hensher, is how sharp its descriptive detail can be.
Antonio Olmos This year's Man Booker shortlist The Sense of an Ending , Jamrach's Menagerie , The Sisters Brothers , Half Blood Blues , Pigeon English and Snowdrops is, by general agreement, the most eccentric in recent years. The judges, chaired by
Operas at English National Opera may not always be sung in English, according to its 36-year-old music director, Edward Gardner. In an interview with Norman Lebrecht to be broadcast on Radio 3 this week, Gardner gives his strongest indication yet
Philip Hensher claimed 'you would have to be a moron' to read only thrillers. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images " Thrillers are, at root, escapist and consolatory ... There is nothing wrong with being entertained by that from time to time, just
PD James The magnificent P D James received an Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival last week. Five decades of outstanding contribution to be precise, and still going strong, aged 90.
You refer to the Duke of Edinburgh as a "gaffe-prone consort" (Critics' Choice, 9 June). Also you had a recent article on 90 of Prince Philip's gaffes, which I found hilarious...But what the Duke says is quite deliberate, he says what he thinks and
Hugh Laurie and band performing on The Graham Norton Show Back in the 1970s the cartoonist Bud Handelsman supplied a strip to Punch called "Freaky Fables". This consisted of burlesque variations on well-known Bible stories or Greek myths.