Kazuo Ishiguro

Women write literary fiction’s big hitters. So where are their prizes?

The 2017 bestseller list was dominated by women, with Margaret Atwood at the top, but the Booker still favours men<p>On the face of it, the revelation that female writers dominated the UK literary bestseller lists in 2017 might seem cause for celebration, a long-overdue correction that seems …

Opinion (UK)

Rule ‘Britannia’: HBO, Other International Buyers Snap Up New Sky Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

Sky has secured a raft of global buyers – including HBO and Starz – for its new original series “Britannia,” a “Game of Thrones”-like drama set in …

TV

‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Options Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

Caryn Mandabach Productions will work on a TV adaptation of celebrated author Kazuo Ishiguro’s China and U.K.-set psychological thriller “When We …

Literature

Zadie Smith: ‘I have a very messy and chaotic mind’

Zadie Smith has been a vital literary voice since her first novel, White Teeth, became an instant bestseller. Here she answers questions from famous fans, including Teju Cole, Philip Pullman and Sharmaine Lovegrove, and a selection of our readers<p>Zadie Smith’s second collection of essays, <i>Feel Free</i>, …

Scottish National Party

A Look Back at Trump’s First Year

<i>Here are some of our favorite pieces we published during Donald Trump’s first year in office.</i><p>JANUARY 2017<p>FEBRUARY 2017<p>Trump Cocktails for Every …

Humor

25 Book Quotes On Love To Share With All Your Galentines And Valentines This Year

With Valentine’s Day (or its far superior sister holiday, Galentine’s Day) just around the corner and the world in dire need of more words of …

Love

On Playing the Nice Woman

I am on an airplane, wearing jeans and a leatherette biker jacket. To my mind the look is Joan Jett tough; likely it’s more “chemistry student trying …

Feminism

Nobel Laureate keen to meet old classmate from Tiruchi

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them …

Literature

Young Galleries and Subversive Work Add Edgy Appeal to London Art Fair on its 30th Anniversary

Art Fairs<p>Artists Nilbar Güres and Frances Richardson scoop up awards at the fair.<p>,<p>The early bird catches the worm, as the saying goes, and the London …

The Arts

David Walliams is biggest selling author of 2017

David Walliams was the biggest-selling author of 2017, overtaking JK Rowling with sales of more than £16 million from his children’s books.<p>The writer and television presenter outsold fellow children’s authors Julia Donaldson and Philip Pullman, thriller writers James Patterson and Dan Brown, and TV …

Books

The Five Best Films By This Iconic Swedish Director

Mr Ingmar Bergman’s finest movies<p>The BFI’s season on Mr Ingmar Bergman, at the Southbank in London until March, provides the perfect chance to …

Filmmaking

Harry Ransom Center adds another acclaimed archive to celebrated collection

Joining such literary superstars as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Larry McMurtry, Arthur Miller's personal archive will be coming to the Harry Ransom …

Texas

10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2018

<i>For years, the #longreads hashtag on Twitter has been filled with great story recommendations from people around the world. Pravesh Bhardwaj is a</i> …

Long-form Journalism

Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ Is a Masterpiece of Racial Metaphor

I n our new dystopian reality, we rarely get to celebrate good news. Waking up to the <i>New York Times</i> alert about Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize win was …

Literature

Dystopian Literature You Need to Survive the End of the World

Well, we’ve all seen the president’s not-so-stable tweets about nuclear war. We’ve seen the rising tides of global warming and the increase of …

Books

Man Booker Prize to be opened to Irish-published entries

One of the world's most prestigious literary awards is to accept Irish-published entries for the first time.<p>The Man Booker Prize for Fiction opened its doors after controversy over last year's longlist when Solar Bones, the acclaimed comeback novel by Mike McCormack, was ruled ineligible until it …

Literature

The 11 Books on Our Nightstands Right Now

I’m a bit ashamed to admit that MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS has been near my bedside since I received it as a gift last Christmas. It was given to me …

Books

The “Spell” of Procrastination: Specious Barriers and How to Conquer Them

Procrastination saves lives.<p>Until the discovery of penicillin, medical treatment killed more people than it saved. Procrastination helped us to …

Psychology

13 Book Club Suggestions If You Want To Introduce Your Friends To Science Fiction

The future is now, so obviously you and all of your book-nerdy friends should be reading science fiction. If a book like <i>I, Robot</i> or <i>Dune</i> is a hard …

Science Fiction

Writer Barry rides high on epic western with a twist

Sebastian Barry thought he was having too much fun writing his rollicking historical novel "Days Without End" for it to be any good.

Books

Love and other jihads: Prayaag Akbar talks about his novel, Leila

Prayaag Akbar’s debut novel, <i>Leila,</i> is set in a near-future Indian city, with elements of both Delhi and Mumbai, in which cosmopolitanism has yielded …

Literature

18 predictions for 2018 and beyond

2017 was a year marked by a series of seemingly seismic shifts, many of which disrupted the status quo. Robert Mugabe’s 37 year (mis)rule of Zimbabwe …

Keynesian Economics

Bookchoice hopes careful curation will unlock digital book subscription success

<i>Bookchoice wants "people to click on books for entertainment just as automatically as they’d click on a game or social network." Will its monthly</i> …

Publishing

Japanese novels enjoy growing popularity in China

Japanese novels are increasingly popular in China, with mainly young people showing interest in contemporary works by authors such as Keigo Higashino …

Japan

12 Regal Books for Fans of The Crown

<i>This post was originally published on Early Bird Books. It has been reproduced here with permission.</i><p>As soon as <i>The Crown</i> debuted last November, …

Royal Family

Why It's Morally Wrong to Use Other Sentient Beings for Our Purpose—Whether for Food or Research

At one point in her career, Lori Marino worked with NASA astronauts, studying how they respond to being in zero gravity conditions. While that was …

Liberal View

New & Noteworthy

<b>New this week:</b><p><b>THE MAN WHO MADE THE MOVIES</b> By Vanda Krefft. (Harper, $40.) Krefft has written the first major biography of William Fox, the movie mogul whose life story is the archetypical rags-to-riches tale — a boy who worked in a sweatshop on the Lower East Side eventually creates an …

Books

How I chose my list of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

What makes a nonfiction classic? Robert McCrum reflects on his two-year odyssey to compile a list of the best 100 nonfiction books in the English language – moving backwards in time to sign off with the 1661 King James Bible<p>• Read Hannah Jane Parkinson’s response to Robert McCrum’s choices here • …

Literature

Rupert Christiansen: In 2018, we need more BBC Four and less eating in theatres

We need the arts. In fact, they can seldom have been more necessary as a beacon to light us beyond the muddy gutter of fake news, abusive tweets and sordid sex scandals, reminding us of higher values and different worlds of experience, as well as providing the welcome escape of entertainment.<p>So …

Daniel Day-Lewis

2017’s best books: big-name writers returned to spotlight, and Liu Xiaobo’s untimely death casts a shadow | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

It can be argued that 2017 was a good, if not great, year for literature. No single author or work dominated international bestseller lists or review …

Books