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Weekly Roundup: Going for Gold

Weekly Roundup: Going for Gold

In this sporting summer the Man Booker Prize also deserves a gold medal. The literature world’s Twitterati helped #manbookerprize to trend both during the longlist and shortlist announcement this year amongst fierce online speculation over which book is the frontrunner to finish in first place at the winner announcement on 16 October.


The former Prize-winner Salman Rushdie has had a mixed time of it of late. Distressingly he has had to face a renewal of the fatwa against him, a worry alleviated slightly by his memoir of his years in hiding, Joseph Anton, being longlisted for this year's Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. The winner will be announced on November 12th.


There is, it seems, more to the tech world than the announcement of a new mobile phone. Vintage Publishing has just announced a tie-in with Apple that will delight the proud owners of the new iPhone (and those who are left holding older models): the publisher's podcasts with some of its authors are now available free on iTunes. Among the authors talking in the first batch are Martin Amis (Booker shortlisted in 1991), Nigella Lawson (judge 1998), and Andrew Motion (chair of judges 2010).


A “prizes are like London buses” moment for Deborah Levy: the author, shortlisted for Swimming Home, has also made the final cut of 10 (out of 700 entries) competing for the £15,000 BBC International Short Story Award with her piece Black Vodka. She may be celebrating with a glass or two of the spirit when the winner is announced on October 2nd.