In his 25th anniversary edition of Diana:Her Story – In Her Own Words, first published to huge public controversy and accusations of fabrication, Andrew Morton is able to shed light on Diana’s personal, private experiences as a troubled member of the Royal family. The books includes transcripts of detailed tape interviews in which she describes all aspects of her life, including her ten-year struggle with bulimia and her husband Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Morton describes the interviews, conducted secretly and through a proxy, as Diana’s way of getting her voice – and her side of the story of their failing marriage – heard, at once searingly sad and monumentally brave. “It is a chance for my own self to surface a little rather than be lost in the system,” she wrote to her father during the interview process. “I rather see it as a lifebelt against being drowned and it is terribly important to me.”
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Anne Helen Peterson’s Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud has been featured by The Pool on their weekly reading list. They call her look at 21st century women under the pressures of press scrutiny “[a] wonderful bolshy ode to women who don’t know their place and certainly have no plans to stay in it.”
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House of Names, the new novel by Colm Tóibín will be published by Viking on 25th May. Events will include talks at the Hay Festival, Bath Festival, Charleston Festival and at the Guardian.
In his ground-breaking new book Professor Robert Cialdini offers revelatory new insights into the art of winning people over. It isn’t just what we say or how we say it that counts, he argues, but also what goes on in the moments before we speak. Effective persuasion requires effective pre-suasion.
Introducing a witty, perceptive and refreshingly candid new literary voice – Mara Wilson, the beloved child star of Matilda and Mrs Doubtfire, writes openly about her experiences growing up on film sets and finding her place in the world in her forthcoming book Where Am I Now? For details visit the campaign page.
“Every time Mara Wilson opens her mouth, we like her even more.” The Huffington Post
“Wilson is more compelling as an adult than she was a child. Her writing is sharp, funny, and critical of the film industry and expectations placed on women who live their lives in public.” - Longreads.com
“The coolest girl to ever dump Hollywood.” -Refinery 29
“Growing up, I wanted to BE Mara Wilson. I always loved that she portrayed strong characters, especially as a female, even as a young child. Where Am I Now? is a delight.” - Ilana Glazer, co-creator and star of Broad City
“Former child star Mara Wilson has grown up to be a moving, funny, and thoughtful storyteller. Well, not up. As I understand it, she’s still approximately the same height.” -Megan Amram, comedian and author of Science . . . For Her!
“You don’t have to be a fellow neurotic Jew who grew up in Southern California to adore this book. Though Mara Wilson’s childhood was unique, the themes of Where Am I Now? are universal.” -Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Delighted to be working on this truly innovative memoir from the bestselling author of ‘ Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life’ . This is the first book to offer an additional layer of reader engagement via text messaging as well as her usual distinct blend of observational humour and wistful reflections on life.
THE FIRST BRITISH WINNER IN THE AWARD’S HISTORY TRIUMPHS WITH HIS STORY ‘THE HUMAN PHONOGRAPH’
Jonathan Tel has won the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award with ‘The Human Phonograph’, a beautifully observed story of a marriage lived in the shadow of the Chinese nuclear weapons programme of the 1960s. He was previously shortlisted in 2014 for his story, ‘The Shoe King of Shanghai’.
Tel beat off strong competition from five other exceptional writers – this year’s was a truly international shortlist of great breadth and skill. Alongside Tel, it comprised American Edith Pearlman, author of over 250 works of short fiction; the Irish writer Colum McCann, Man Booker longlisted author of Transatlantic; Zimbabwe’s Petina Gappah, winner of theGuardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Baileys Prize 2016; American writer Alix Christie and Canadiannovelist Nicholas Ruddock, both of whom set their stories in European cities.
‘The Human Phonograph’ is set in the mysterious Factory 221 in Qinghai and examines the relationship between a husband and wife who have not seen each other for seven years.
Judge and best-selling author, Rose Tremain commented, ‘The hesitant relationship between a husband and wife who barely know each other forms the basis of this troubling, well-wrought story, set on a Chinese nuclear base in the 1960s and 70s. But it is the image taken from the title – of a man who, in a silent, punitive and desolate world, can remember the old songs and sing them perfectly every time – that elevates it to something truly memorable. The decision to award the prize to this work was unanimous among the judges and we all feel that Jonathan Tel has a bright future as a fiction writer’.
Andrew Holgate, judge and literary editor of the Sunday Times said, ‘Jonathan Tel’s winning story is a remarkable and very moving feat of storytelling and it’s all the more remarkable when you consider the huge number of entries we had this year – over 800, a record for the prize.’
The winner was announced at a gala dinner hosted by EFG at Stationers’ Hall in London on Friday 22nd April.
The 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the world’s richest prize for a single short story. This, its seventh year, sees the award again cementing its reputation for showcasing both established and emerging writers.
As winner, Jonathan Tel will receive £30,000. The five other shortlisted writers will each receive £1,000.
This year’s judging panel comprises broadcaster and novelist Melvyn Bragg; critic and commentator Alex Clark; novelist and short story-writer Mark Haddon, and award-winning author Rose Tremain. Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of TheSunday Times, completes the line-up, alongside the non-voting chair of judges Lord Matthew Evans, who co-founded the award in 2010.
Readers can read the winning and shortlisted stories on the new website for the prize:www.shortstoryaward.co.uk
One of the most influential novelists of his generation, Irvine Welsh, will be appearing at the University of Huddersfield on Sunday 3rd April as part of the 2016 Huddersfield Literature Festival. This is the first event of Welsh’s UK The Live Blade Tour for his long-awaited new novel The Blade Artist, which is published on April 7th by Jonathan Cape. The Blade Artist sees the dark past of Trainspotting character, Begbie, catch up with his reinvented present-day self. Welsh will appear in conversation discussing the novel and his career.
The author of ten novels, Welsh came to prominence with his debut Trainspotting (1993), which was successfully adapted for stage and screen. A film adaptation of Filth was released in 2013 and Porno (sequel to Trainspotting) will start filming this year, with the original cast and director Danny Boyle.
Irvine Welsh in conversation with Nick Ahad
Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, Business School,
University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH
Sunday 3rd April 2:30pm
Tickets: £10 / £5 concessions
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EXCEPTIONAL INTERNATIONAL SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR
2016 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD
Three men and three women from five countries and across three continents make up a truly international six-strong shortlist for the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The shortlist comprises American Edith Pearlman, author of over 250 works of fiction; the Irish writer Colum McCann, Man Booker longlisted author of Transatlantic; Zimbabwe’s Petina Gappah, winner of the Guardian First Book Award and now longlisted for the Baileys Prize 2016; Jonathan Tel, the British winner of last year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize; and American writer Alix Christie and Canadian novelist Nicholas Ruddock, both of whom set their stories in European cities.
Judge and best-selling author, Mark Haddon commented, ‘Judging literary prizes can be a bruising experience but this was a shockingly uncontentious and wholly enjoyable experience. I think we could all have happily extended the process to a few more meetings in order to sit around and talk about stories. It was also interesting and salutary for a writer of short stories, to note the breadth of often contradictory qualities that different members of the panel expected a really good short story to demonstrate. The lesson being: don’t expect to please every reader but whichever kind of reader you’re trying to please, make your story as near perfect as you can. Rewrite and edit, rinse and repeat.
Irrespective of whether a particular story touched us, I think we all came to appreciate writers who had ironed out all those snarls and glitches which litter every writer’s early drafts and produced a final draft which felt truly finished.’
Andrew Holgate, judge and literary editor of the Sunday Times said, ‘What impressed me most about this year’s shortlist is the sheer variety of form and subject matter, from Colum McCann’s gripping piece of meta-fiction to the dreamlike qualities of Nicholas Ruddock’s The Phosphorescence and the nostalgia of Edith Pearlman’s Unbeschert. Interwar New York, a hair stylist in Africa, a dacha near East Berlin and a research station in China’s nuclear weapons programme – quite some breadth, in a collection of exceptionally accomplished stories. Picking a winner will be immensely difficult.’
The 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award winner will receive £30,000, the world’s richest prize for a single short story. Regularly attracting talent from around the world, this year’s shortlist again reflects the prize’s global reach.
The six shortlisted writers and the titles of their short stories are:
‘The Dacha’ by Alix Christie
‘The News of Her Death’ by Petina Gappah
‘What Time is it Now, Where You Are?’ by Colum McCann
‘Unbeschert’ by Edith Pearlman
‘The Phosphoresence’ by Nicholas Ruddock
‘The Human Phonograph’ by Jonathan Tel
Now in its seventh year, the award has again cemented its reputation for showcasing both established and emerging writers. Alix Christie’s first novel, Gutenberg’s Apprentice, was published in 2014, whilst celebrated author Edith Pearlman has published more than 250 works of short fiction. Jonathan Tel is the only author to have been previously shortlisted.
The winner will receive £30,000, and the five other shortlisted writers will each receive £1,000. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner hosted by EFG at Stationers’ Hall in London on Friday 22 April. Readers can read the shortlisted stories on the new website for the prize: www.shortstoryaward.co.uk
This year’s judging panel comprises broadcaster and novelist Melvyn Bragg; critic and commentator Alex Clark; novelist and short story-writer Mark Haddon, and award-winning author Rose Tremain. Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, completes the line-up, alongside the non-voting chair of judges Lord Matthew Evans, who co-founded the award in 2010.
The Award accepts entries of 6,000 words or under published in English from fiction authors from anywhere in the world who have been published in the UK or Ireland. The Award reflects The Sunday Times’ support for outstanding writing and the rich literary heritage of the newspaper, and the ongoing commitment of EFG, a leading international private bank, to the literary world. The Award is managed each year by the reading charity, BookTrust.
Previous winners are Chinese writer Yiyun Li for her story ‘A Sheltered Woman’ (2015), three Pulitzer prizewinners – US author Adam Johnson (2014), US-Dominican author Junot Diaz (2013) and US author Anthony Doerr (2011) – Kevin Barry from Ireland (2012), and CK Stead from New Zealand (2010). Shortlisted authors have included Hilary Mantel, Emma Donoghue, David Vann, Elizabeth Strout, Ali Smith and Gerard Woodward.
For full details of the Award visit:
www.shortstoryaward.co.uk or www.booktrust.org.uk/sundaytimesEFG
Keep up-to-date with the Award via Twitter (@shortstoryaward , @EFGint and #STEFG) and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunday-Times-EFG-Short-Story-Award/103783816320081
Friday 22 April 2016 9pm Winner announced
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