Submitted by Natalie on Fri, 2012-08-10 17:09
John Banville won the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea as well as writing crime fiction under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, but he’s about to embark on a new challenge: reviving Raymond Chandler’s famous detective Philip Marlowe.
With the blessing of Chandler’s estate, Banville will write the new novel for publication next year. His editor, John Sterling said: "John Banville writing as Benjamin Black recreating Raymond Chandler is a perfect literary hand-off.
“There is no one better to bring Philip Marlowe back to life for the vast readership that loves noir crime fiction."
Meanwhile, Will Self talks to the Guardian about his novel Umbrella, which has been longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Self is asked about his latest release, getting writer’s block and his drug addiction.
Finally, the winner of the 1991 Booker Prize, Ben Okri is appearing at Bath Central Library on 5 September to talk about his writing, including the prize-winning book, The Famished Road. Okri is also taking part as a delegate at the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference where he’ll be adding his voice to the literary debates of the day
Don’t forget, you can find out all about the longlist for this year’s prize by exploring our timeline and see which books have won the prize in the past.