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Tag Archives | Ian McEwan

Man Booker & Man Booker International: A History of Winners

From Themanbookerprize.com The Man Booker Prize The prize, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008 after launching in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. To maintain the consistent excellence of […]

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Exclusive Books: Top 10 Bestsellers of 2002

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Remember this? Fanatics celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007. Fanatics celebrated every fanatical year of their first decade by going back in time, through the Top 10 books from each and every year. We picked our favourites from the bestselling titles from 1998 to 2007  (We’ve extended this to include the last five years). In […]

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Review of The Absolutist by John Boyne

The Absolutist

Briefly, The Absolutist is a story set mostly in the trenches of the First World War, alternatively narrated in present tense in the trenches and told in retrospective in Norwich in 1919. Tristan Sadler has letters to deliver to Marian, sister of his friend Will Bancroft. Will was shot as a traitor and a coward and Tristan […]

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War, Literature and Remembrance Day

Catch 22

While this year’s 11th of November is special because of the year and the resulting number palindrome, it has long been a day of remembrance for fallen soldiers. According to the Wikipedia article, Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who have died […]

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