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    Winter Worlds

    Winter Worlds

    It's winter, a gloomy time of year. The seasons are no longer so distinctive or predictable - just think of that downpour that caused Clery's roof to collapse last July or the Irish heatwave that very same month and then the very mild November - the driest for years. It can be grey out there and there's probably wet and cold to come. But only a few mopre days to the winter solstice, the darkest evening of hte year and this morning we took a look at how writers capture in poetry and prose the midwinter, bleak and otherwise.  Sean ...
    The Man Booker Prize

    The Man Booker Prize

    On the Today programme, last August, we looked at three novels on what was then the Man Booker Longlist. By happy chance, or sheer co-incidence, or inspired guesswork those three novels, Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary, Jim Crace’s Harvest and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland made it on to this year’s shortlist announced on 15 September. Today we’re taking at a look at the other three titles contending for one of the world’s most important literary prizes. They are: NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names; A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. ...


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