It was appropriate that Barry Hannah's first novel, Geronimo Rex (1972), won the William Faulkner award for best first novel. Hannah, who has died of a heart attack aged 67, was not only a spiritual descendant of Faulkner's, but also a native Mississippian who lived for nearly three decades in Faulkner's home town of Oxford. Hannah transmuted Faulkner's gothic prose into darkly comic, free-flowing, postmodern romps, often parodying the author's own scenes, as if all this southern drama was not meant to be taken that seriously. Geronimo Rex was set in a fictional Louisiana town called Dream of Pines, whose eccentric characters recalled those of modern southern writers such as Donald Harington. Hannah's picaresque novels threatened to lose control in what John Updike called "accelerating incoherence". The plot of his second novel, Nightwatchmen (1973), spun in so many directions that the book flopped, and Hannah concentrated on what became his metier, the short story. The … [Read more...] about Barry Hannah obituary
CELEBRITY Big Brother’s Daniel O’Reilly couldn’t hide his anger when he was put up for eviction tonight. The women chose him and John Barnes to be put up for tomorrow night’s backdoor eviction. As Daniel, who’s also known as Dapper Laughs, heard Ann Widdecombe reading his name out, he looked mutinous. His pal Andrew Brady looked over at him and said: “You’re not going anywhere”. John took the females’ decision well but Daniel, 33, stormed off as soon as it happened. He asked Jonny Mitchell: “Why was I put up? Because I took Ann’s escape route?The female housemates nominate Dapper Laughs and John Barnes for elimination on Celebrity Big Brother “F***ing stupid reason!” Later he continued: “I don’t know how the public are taking me. “I don’t want to be here if people think I’m a clown. Jonny and Andrew then urged him to not take the decision personally, with Wayne saying he needed … [Read more...] about Celebrity Big Brothers’ Daniel O’Reilly is furious as he’s put up for eviction alongside John Barnes, Ann Widdecombe
CELEBRITY Big Brother will reveal which housemate got the boot in a shock backdoor eviction on tonight's show. Host Emma Willis revealed on Friday night's eviction show that one housemate will leave without any fanfare this week, and the moment will air on tonight's episode. Ann Widdecombe, Amanda Barrie, John Barnes and Daniel O'Reilly - aka Dapper Laughs - were all put up for eviction by their fellow celebrities. The men and women were then put up against each other in a Battle of the Sexes, with the house carrying out a series of tasks to find a winning team and save their own sex. The victors will then choose one of the two people from the opposite team to be evicted via the backdoor. So if the male housemates win the task, they will choose from either Ann or Amanda, while if the women win, they will choose between John and Daniel.Most Read in TV & Showbiz'Just bloated' Jac Jossa says she's 'not pregnant' after fans speculate she's expecting GUN HORROR Shona Ramsey's … [Read more...] about Celebrity Big Brother to reveal TONIGHT which housemate got the boot in shock backdoor eviction
On Friday we asked you to name the four Premier League players who had played in the division in both the 1990s and this season. Then on Saturday four became five. Because Paul Robinson joined Gareth Barry, John Terry, Shay Given and Michael Carrick when he was named in the starting lineup for Burnley against Manchester City. Yes, that Paul Robinson . The former Leeds, Tottenham, Blackburn and England stopper - we say former England stopper, but there's still time and Gareth Southgate was in the stands - came into the team for his Clarets debut following an injury to Tom Heaton. It was Robinson's first appearance of any sort for two years and two months, since he turned out for Burnley's rivals Blackburn in the Championship, and his first in the Premier League since May 2012. And not surprisingly, people were a bit shocked to see him. And then, as if to underline the general weirdness of seeing Robinson back on a Premier League football pitch, he only went and played a key role in … [Read more...] about Twitter can’t believe Paul Robinson is still playing Premier League football – and getting an assist!
I have been writing children’s fiction for more than 10 years now, and still I would hesitate to define it; it is a slippery, various, quicksilver thing. But I do know, with more certainty than I usually feel about anything, what it is not: it is not exclusively for children. When I write, I write for two people, myself, age 12, and myself, now, and the book has to satisfy two distinct but connected appetites. My 12-year-old self wanted autonomy, peril, justice, food and above all a kind of density of atmosphere into which I could step and be engulfed. My adult self wants all those things, and also: acknowledgments of fear, love, failure. So what I try for when I write – failing often, but trying – is to put down in as few words as I can the things that I most urgently and desperately want children to know and adults to remember. Those of us who write for children are trying to arm them for the life ahead with everything we can find that is true. And perhaps also, … [Read more...] about Story time: the five children’s books every adult should read