July 2020

The 2020 Booker Prize longlist announced

Jul 28 2020 The longlist, or 'The Booker Dozen', for The 2020 Booker Prize is announced today, Tuesday 28 July 2020. The list was chosen from 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020. The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland. The 13 novels are: Diane Cook (USA) The New Wilderness (Oneworld Publications) Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) This Mournable Body (Faber & Faber) Avni Doshi (USA) Burnt Sugar (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House) Gabriel Krauze (UK) Who They Was (4th Estate, HarperCollins)...

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O, The Oprah Magazine ends regular print editions in favor of greater digital presence

Jul 31 2020 In a July 29 statement Hearst announced that the last regular edition of "O, The Oprah Magazine" would be December. Instead it will focus on OprahMag.com which launched in 2018. According to Kristen O’Hara, chief business officer of Hearst Magazines, "there will be a print expression of 'O, The Oprah Magazine' in alignment with an even more robust digital presence, with details to be announced at a later date." “O, The Oprah Magazine launched as a personal growth guide to help women live their best lives,” said Editor-in-Chief Lucy Kaylin. “As we embark on this next chapter,...

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Lockdown diaries: the book club founder

It happened so suddenly. One moment I was at work, bleaching everything in sight, using extra splashes of Dettol - that infamous Caribbean Aunty staple with a distinct smell that will instantly take a first generation immigrant child back to memories of early Saturday morning cleaning sessions - whenever I suspected a colleague may have compromised my office. Drinking cups of cerasee tea, a Jamaican cure-all, to ward off 'The Virus' - which at that point I wasn't taking very seriously at all. 

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