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She tells herself that she is more concerned with being than becoming. "Ambition has never been high on the list, nor marriage or adventure," she says. Her friend Daniel is a fellow non-conformist, a poet who is also a gallery guard, though this time
His literary criticism recalls an era before academia and imported theory dominated, when men and women of letters held sway. With its combination of seriousness and accessibility, his approach works well for a general reader if occasional fogeyness
This invaluable volume selects, in Iain Galbraith's graceful translations, poems from all stages of WG Sebald's life. Now a mythical figure, the late Bavarian-born, Norwich-settled author of Austerlitz and The Emigrants begins as a gnomic miniaturist.
There's the Man Booker, the Impac, the Orange (now called the Women's prize for fiction, since the loss of its sponsor) and the Costa (which has categories for best novel and best first novel), and next month sees the inauguration of the Literature
Suggested Topics To the River belongs to that happily renascent tradition of literary nature writing. In it, Laing describes a walk along the length of the River Ouse in Sussex, interlacing her travelogue with the story of Virginia Woolf, who drowned
Here's Ed Glinert who was there Anthony Burgess complained at the pitiful size of the Portico cheque...Photograph: Michel Setboun/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images My money was on Val McDermid to become the first author to win the Portico Prize twice.
Weymouth chanteuse, Bebe Black, may have started off making jazz and blues but in recent times has t... After playing Douglas Reynholm, the nation's favourite clueless boss in The IT Crowd, Matt Berry's n... I've just pulled off the most audacious
Zbinden reminisces about walks with his wife, Emilie, his work as a teacher, and his family and that's it...Other characters make an appearance inhabitants of the care home, mostly and there is almost a climax and confrontation when Zbinden recalls
Andrew Kotting (front) and Iain Sinclair in Swandown. Photograph: Anonymous Bosch This documentary by quirky British film-maker Andrew Kotting and the eccentrically brilliant urban historian and social geographer Iain Sinclair traces a journey they
Sebald's 1995 book "The Rings of Saturn" and in many ways replicates the work's energy in cinematic terms.