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Desmond Elliott Prize Shortlist Announced

The three books shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize are Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman, Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman and Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph. The prize rewards “a novel of depth and breadth with a compelling narrative” and we’ll find out who wins on 23 June.

Which novel are you backing and why?

Carol Ann Duffy Gives Brighton Festival a Peek at The Bees


Last night at the Brighton Festival, Carol Ann Duffy read poetry old and new to a packed auditorium. Both funny and moving, her words were well-received whether they were already learnt by heart or not yet known. The Poet Laureate began her hour-long set with a selection of poems from the The World’s Wife (the collection which got me hooked), then she read from Rapture and ended with her latest collection, The Bees, due to be published this autumn. This was the first time I’d heard Duffy read in person and it was entirely gripping.

To find out more about which poems Duffy performed, keep reading

Do Richard and Judy Influence Your Reading Habits?

Richard & Judy announced their Summer Book Club 2011 reads this week: eight books from mysteries and thrillers to period dramas. They’ve also revealed a five-year deal with WH Smith, taking their book club up to 2015.

The writers can expect big sales, as it’s also been revealed this week that the couple’s Spring 2011 list totalled sales of £4.6million. Wowzers. There were 853,000 copies sold, almost twice as many as the TV Book Club list achieved.

The figures alone indicate the huge influence these kinds of lists exert, but do they affect your reading (and buying) habits?

To find out about the eight books chosen, keep reading

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