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  • Zoe Pilger wins a Somerset Maughan Award and a Betty Trask Award

    June 26th, 2015

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    Zoe Pilger has won a Somerset Maughan Award and a Betty Trask Award for her debut novel Eat My Heart Out. The Somerset Maughan Award enables young writers to enrich their work by gaining experience of foreign countries. Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund...

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  • Hell, I drank straight through Prohibition | Jami Attenberg

    June 25th, 2015

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    They’re not criminals, they’re just drunks. Still they spend half their time in jail. The police are always roughing them up. I’ve watched it with my own eyes, every day for decades. But rich folks, they commit all kinds of crimes and nobody ever blinks. Hell, I drank straight through Prohibition, and that’s the...

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  • Writing the summer | Sarah Perry

    June 25th, 2015

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    Sarah Perry‘s debut novel After Me Comes the Flood is set in the height of a scorching summer. She tells us why a hot summer makes an irresistible setting for a novel. Late one summer term our English teacher called a halt to the lesson and picked up a book of...

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  • A Lesson Before Dying: Attica Locke’s introduction

    June 25th, 2015

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    Ernest J Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying is the latest in our Serpent’s Tail Classics series. It’s an award-winning classic novel of prejudice, community and what it means to be a man in the American South and is studied by many across the world today. Attica Locke, CWA-nominated author of Pleasantville and...

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  • Adrian McKinty at Harrogate Crime Festival

    Friday 17th July

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    Irish Noir Is it the luck of the Irish? Behold the emerald jewels of crime fiction! Steve Cavanagh, a practising lawyer, is guilty of being criminally good. His debut US-based legal thriller, The Defence, became the subject of an international bidding war. Stuart Neville also had a brilliant debut when...

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  • David Gates at Edinburgh Book Festival

    Monday 17th August

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    STORIES IN THE SPIRIT OF RAYMOND CARVER – David Gates and Thomas Morris A Pulitzer Prize finalist for his novel Jernigan, New York-based David Gates creates irresistible anti-heroes who feel like grown up versions of Holden Caulfield. His new story collection, A Hand Reached  Down to Guide Me, describes the hopes...

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