October 28, 1989 |
Japanese expatriate writer Kazuo Ishiguro won the 1989 Booker Prize, Britain's top literary award, for his novel The Remains of the Day, judges announced here Thursday. Judges praised the novel, a love story about a butler's English vacation, as "a cunningly structured and beautifully paced performance. " Other finalists this year on the so-called "short list" were Canadian Margaret Atwood for Cat's Eye, Irish author John Banville for Book of Evidence, Scotland's James Kelman for A Disaffection and English writers Sybille Bedford for Jigsaw and Rose Tremain for Restoration.
October 17, 2012 |
LONDON - British writer Hilary Mantel has won the prestigious Booker literary prize for a second time with her blood-soaked Tudor saga Bring Up the Bodies . Mantel, who took the £50,000 ($82,000) award in 2009 for Wolf Hall , is the first British author, and the first woman, to achieve a Booker double, joining double winners Peter Carey of Australia and J.M. Coetzee of South Africa. "You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, and two come along at once," Mantel said as she accepted the award at London's medieval Guildhall on Tuesday night.
October 16, 1997 |
A first-time author and former screenwriter has won Britain's most prestigious fiction award for a novel about the tragic consequences of the caste system on an Indian family in 1969. Publishers, gathered yesterday at the world's biggest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, furiously rushed to order Indian writer Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, which has already been translated into 23 languages and has sold nearly 350,000 copies around the world. On Tuesday night in London, the book won for its 37-year-old author the 29th annual Booker Prize, which carries with it a cash award of $31,300.
August 24, 2012
British writer Nina Bawden, 87, who wrote children's classics including the World War II story Carrie's War, " died Wednesday at her London home, said her son Robert Bawden. The cause of death was not disclosed. Bawden wrote more than 40 novels for adults and children, including The Peppermint Pig, The Runaway Summer , and Carrie's War , which drew on her experience as a wartime evacuee from London. Her children's books won praise for their mix of incident-rich plots and realistic child's-eye views of the world.
May 13, 1998 |
Her face, framed by cascading locks of dark hair, adorns thousands of posters in bookstores around the world. Her novel is a best-seller. Her mantelpiece bears one of literature's most coveted awards: The Booker Prize. But back home in India, debutant author Arundhati Roy is at the center of a firestorm. Even though thousands of her countrymen buy her book and acclaim her achievement, many critics charge that the The God of Small Things panders to Western readers' stereotypes about the exotic East.
February 3, 1997 |
There was a brief moment at the Golden Globes awards ceremony when the cameras focused on author Michael Ondaatje. As Gabriel Yared rose to accept the prize for best original score for The English Patient, Ondaatje was laughing, his head thrown back, happy wonder in his eyes. Later, as his sensuous novel-turned-movie was named best picture, director Anthony Minghella scanned the audience from the stage. "Michael Ondaatje," he yelled, jabbing the air with a thumbs-up. Few magical books become magical movies.
September 26, 1999 |
Courteney Cox has officially added Arquette to her name. "It's for real. It's on my Social Security card, everything. No hyphen," the Friends TV star said last week. "It feels, like, 'Wow, I'm changing my identity.' It was scary. It feels good, like I'm really committed. It feels better than not doing it. And it made him happy. " Cox married David Arquette on June 12. "Eventually I'll just go by Courteney Arquette," she said. "The reason why is because it was really important for David.
January 9, 1994 |
Start with the near magical name of Steven Spielberg, add a superb new movie, and what have you got? New life for an almost forgotten book. Schindler's List, by Australian Thomas Keneally, won the Booker Prize but then, like so many books, was overshadowed by newer discoveries. How fortunate that Spielberg's movie is bringing this amazing story back into focus. Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist during World War II, is said to have saved more Jews than any other person.
November 28, 1993 |
It's not fair, I admit. It might even be cruel to judge the audio abridgment after you've already read the novel and proclaimed it one of your lifetime favorites. How could the pared-down version possibly come close to the original? Amazingly, the Random House recording of The English Patient (3 hours, $17), by Michael Ondaatje, does just that. Actor Michael York, who narrates, is ideal. His speaking voice has a hushed whisper about it. This captures perfectly the shimmering quality of the novel.
April 16, 2006 |
Two-time Booker Prize finalist David Mitchell loves to play with stories. Turn them inside out, accordion them, as if the laws of narrative physics didn't apply. With his latest novel, though, Mitchell takes this approach down to the molecular level. The deck being shuffled this go-around is not just any tale. It's Mitchell's own life. Sitting in a seaside restaurant in this coastal Irish town where he lives with his wife and two children, Mitchell talked about his novel Black Swan Green and why its main character, Jason Taylor, shares so many similarities with himself.