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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