Friday, 18 October 2013

TOUR DE FORCE: Meet this year's Booker Prize winner + Ian Boyne's newest publication out this month

A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN: Ideas Matter: Journey into the Mind of a Veteran Journalist is the title of a new collection of In Focus (Sunday Gleaner) columns by esteemed journalist Ian Boyne, due out from Pelican Publishers this month. Spanning 2001-2013, the well-written pieces deal with Boyne's core topics of international politics, economics, religion and Jamaican dancehall. Earlier this year, Pelican published Boyne's Profiles In Excellence, a compendium of inspirational stories and life-changing counsel from 25 years of his award-winning programme Profile, now in its 25th year.

OUT OF THE ORDINARY: Twenty-eight-year-old first-time novelist Eleanor Catton has become the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize for Literature, for her critically acclaimed debut effort The Luminaries (Little, Brown and Company) about life in 19th-century New Zealand, Catton's native land. Presented on Tuesday, the Booker Prize is Britain's most prestigious literary award, given annually to an outstanding novelist from the United Kingdom, Ireland or a Commonwealth state. The prize is valued at £50,000 (US$80,000). Past recipients of the award include Ian McEwan and last year's winner Hilary Mandel (Bring Up The Bodies).

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