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News of the week

Man Booker Prize, Robert Galbraith and new faith in New Zeland’s legal system

Marlon James-A Brief History of Seven Killings retouché

Good evening!

So many things happened last week that I am really excited to present you this News of the week’s article.


I’d like to start with the winner of the Man Booker Prize. Yes, I know, all the newspapers have been talking about it for the whole week but as I have followed from close this year’s Man Booker Prize process (the longlist and then the shortlist), mainly thanks to this year’s Man Booker Vloggers (the wonderful Jen Campbell, Leena Normington, Jean Menzies, Lauren Whitehead and Ariel Bissett), I really feel like telling you how I feel about its conclusion. As you all know by now, the 2015 Man Booker Prize was awarded to Marlon James for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, published by Oneworld. Continue Reading

News of the week

Censorship, Voldemort and Support to Syrian refugees!


Hi everyone,

It’s time to get back to the book news of this week.


Let’s start with some sad news as, once again, book banning will be the subject of our first news. New Zealand’s Film and Literature Board of Review has decided to ban a book, for the first time in 20 years. Which book are we talking about? Into the River, a young adult novel written by New Zealand author Ted Dawe. You may not be surprised to hear that the ban concerns a young adult novel — after all, young adult novels have always been subject to a strong censorship in probably every country except the Scandinavian countries (if you are interested in this subject, you may want to read this very interesting article by Norwegian writer Ingelin Røssland). Continue Reading