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Nigerian writer Adichie wins best-of-the-best women’s literary award

Nigerian fiction writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beat out fellow literary heavyweights like Zadie Smith and Ali Smith to win the title of “Best of the Best” of the last 10 years of the Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize. 205 more words

Arts And Culture

“The Road Home” by Rose Tremain (2007) – some things just get better with age

What a great writer. I raced headily through “Restoration” and its sequel “Merivel” last year, and within a few pages of “The Road Home” this week I felt myself to be back in good hands and on familiar territory. 912 more words

Book Reviews

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize, Burnt Shadows spans the half a century between two events that shocked the world; the nuclear attack on Nagasaki and the terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Centre. 543 more words

Book Reviews

Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)

     “I am Nigerian because a white man created Nigeria and gave me that identity. I am black because the    white man constructed 

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“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller (2011) – tales of the unexpected

To say this is not the Iliad we all vaguely know and love is a slight understatement. The Trojans are indeed waging war in the background, and we are faintly aware that Penelope must be by now weaving furiously at her loom, while Odysseus reminds us at every turn that the gods have spoken and made their prophecies, so time is going to be of the essence as far as Achilles is concerned. 672 more words

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“We Need to Talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver (2003) – book review

Read a good while back, and subsequently watched the film starring Tilda Swinton, but now revisiting it in the light of it being the Orange /  369 more words

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Judging Women

The writer Nicola Griffith has recently published the results of quantifying the success – or largely otherwise – of books by women and books about women in a number of major literary awards. 1,949 more words