I will buy another copy of The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma and give it to someone as a Christmas present. I will invite Yewande Omotoso to visit Edinburgh from South Africa to talk about her novels. I will passionately recommend César Aira’s peerless novellas in a piece for the Guardian. I will pledge to increase the number of people from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds moderating book festival events in future. I will invite Jackie Kay to talk to Syrian refugees in Scotland and share their stories at the book festival. I will do whatever it takes to get people to read Raja Shehadeh’s books. I will try to persuade Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to visit the UK with a group of emerging African writers. I will promise Jacques Testard at Fitzcarraldo that if he publishes any more of the Nocilla novels by Agustín Fernández Mallo, I’ll buy five copies of each. I will buy my mother a gift subscription to And Other Stories. I will ask Kamila Shamsie and … [Read more...] about How do we stop UK publishing being so posh and white?
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Reni Eddo-Lodge, author The first event I did around my book [Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People] was at the Southbank Centre in July 2017. People couldn’t get into the room and the atmosphere was electric. I have travelled around the world and the atmosphere is always the same. It’s as if I am stepping into something that the world was ready for; the excitement existed before my book came out … but it is important that I’m seen as part of a bigger voice, not as a lone voice. There’s a feeling that there can only be one book on this subject. … [Read more...] about Breaking down the barriers – a new chapter in publishing
At the other end of the shortlist, Abir Mukherjee’s debut thriller A Rising Man is one of two crime novels featured. A “postcolonial subversion of a beloved genre” that transcends its genre, according to Singh, the novel is the first in a series to feature first world war veteran Captain Sam Wyndham investigating crimes in a vividly drawn Raj-era Calcutta. Jacob Ross’s The Bone Readers is the second thriller on the list, the first part of a trilogy set in contemporary Grenada and a departure into genre fiction for the British Grenadian writer best known for his short stories. … [Read more...] about David Olusoga and Gary Younge head inaugural Jhalak prize shortlist
Last year, the White House made a rare decision to discuss Malia Obama's school trip to Mexico after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in the region. Officials released a statement saying that the teenager was safe and not harmed during the natural disaster. … [Read more...] about White House ‘blocks use of pictures of Malia and Sasha Obama on the beach’ after they were photographed on Hawaii vacation
His workload at the Guardian and additional engagements like these left him with limited time of his own. He was unmarried, had no family, and his colleagues sometimes wondered what he did with his leisure. The simple answer to that was that he wrote, producing a string of novels, not all of which reached publication. The first that did, in 1969, Candidate of Promise, was about a political contest between a toff and a working-class man: the working-class man was the Tory, the toff was the Labour candidate. The producer Bryan Forbes bought the film rights, and Dennis took three months’ leave from the Guardian to work on the screenplay, but Forbes lost his job as the head of Elstree Studios and the film was never made. … [Read more...] about Dennis Barker obituary