Monthly Archives: July 2009

“Marmalade for Comrade Philby”, or the dilemma of the translator’s share

At whisky distilleries the difference in quantity – but undoubtedly, also in quality – between a newly casked whisky and the resulting golden, mature liquid is known as the “angel’s share” (it is calculated as approximately 2% of the volume … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction on 2009 Booker Longlis

I heard the Booker Longlist being read out last night by Jim Naughtie and Locasta Miller on Front Row.  Although it seems an impossible task, whittling 132 novels down to the “baker’s dozen” longlist of just 13, here are the … Continue reading

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Sign the petition for libraries in UK schools!

I was really surprised to discover that no school in the UK has to have a library!  Lucy Coats over on Scribble City writes: Did you know that that, in the UK, every prison has a statutory duty to provide … Continue reading

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European Union Prize for Literature makes its debut

The first tranche of prize-winning authors was announced yesterday for the new EU Prize for Literature.  This year’s awards have been presented to 12 authors from Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden. Another … Continue reading

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