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...they found a motionless figure in black and ermine stretched on the sofa. The beautiful face was untouched.

The candles smoked and the people shifted on their knees - an absurd happiness bobbed up in him again before anxiety returned.

Also it meant a holiday from all the dogs in the bed, and as Rupert was far less famous abroad they weren’t constantly beseiged...

Flimsy dresses are strewn over chairs, stockings trail in the basin, there is a half-eaten apple on the dressing-table... The bus was unthinkably tall, made of yellow, orange and pink rice paper, lit from within like a Japanese lantern.

We adopted this harmless bit of trickery, and the result was that, by the time everything else was ready, the tea was waiting.


eight Literary Awards

The Man Booker Prize. Won in 2007 by Anne Enright for The Gathering, 2008 was the fortieth anniversary of the Prize. Look out for the 2009 longlist in July, the shortlist in September and get ready to greet the winner in October.

The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are the UK’s oldest literary awards. Past winners include DH Lawrence, EM Forster, Graham Greene and William Boyd. Winners will be announced in August at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

Nobel Prize for Literature. Won in 2007 by Doris Lessing. Go to for news from the Swedish Academy about 2008/2009 awards.

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the world’s richest literary prize, and is awarded for ‘high literary merit’ from a list of works nominated by libraries worldwide. 2008’s winner was Rawi Hage for De Niro’s Game. Next year’s shortlist will be revealed in April, and the winner announced in June.


The Costa Book Awards were previously the Whitbread Book Awards. Awarded in five categories and an overall ‘Book of the Year’ the prize recognises not only literary merit but also praises enjoyment of the work. Shortlists are announced in November for each year, with the award being announced in January of the following year.

The orange broadband prize for fiction. Founded in 1992, The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers were set up to celebrate writing by women. The judges look for excellence, originality, and accessibility, and the prize is open to writers of novels, novellas and short story collections. Look out for the Longlist in March, Shortlist in April and the Winner’s announcement in June.

Somerset Maugham Awards for fiction are given to authors under 35, and awarded in June, at the Society of Authors Literary reception. Past winners include Chris Cleave, Zadie Smith, Charlotte Mendelson, and Maggie O Farrell.

The cwa dagger awards celebrate British Crime Writers. The shortlists for the ten awards are unveiled at the end of May, with the winners announced at a special ceremony in June. 9

alexis, READING The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger at City Island, Leeds.

APRIL 2009

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sarah, READING the black tulip by alexandre dumas.

What did I read? What did I think?




BookDiary 2009’s Fiction for

The Sea Garden - Sam Llewellyn

Headline 2000

A family digs up a skeleton when it inherits a garden on an island off the South West tip of Britain.

The Constant Gardener - John le CarrÉ

Simon and Schuster 2001

When the wife of a diplomat and amateur gardener is murdered, he pursues her killers only to become a target himself as his dangerous involvement contrasts with his passion for his plants.

The Tulip - Anna Pavord

Bloomsbury 1999

A tale of the tulip’s original journey from Turkey across Europe and the men who were driven mad by it. Plenty of botanical detail for true fans.

Buckingham Palace Gardens - Anne Perry

Ballantine 2008

A Victorian murder mystery set in gardens better known for their tea parties.

Gardens of Delight - Erica James

Orion 2006

Lucy heads for her father’s gardens on the edge of Lake Como where she compensates for her husband’s absence by joining in with the local gardening community.

Tulip Fever - Deborah Moggach

Dell Publishing 2001

Risk, illusion, deceit and an illicit love affair between a merchant’s wife and a portrait painter all set against the backdrop of 17th Century Amsterdam when tulip mania was at its height.

The Greenhouse - Susan Hillmore

Vintage 2000

A haunting book about a girl whose lonely life in a crumbling mansion becomes completely wrapped up in her greenhouse until a violent event shatters her world forever.


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david, reading english music by peter ackroyd.

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September. It was the most beautiful of words he’d always felt, evoking orange flowers, swallows, and regret. ALEXANDER THEROUX (1939-)


1 Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875) 3 Outbreak of World War One (1939) 11 O Henry (1862) 11 D H Lawrence (1885) 13 Roald Dahl (1916) 15 Agatha Christie (1890) 15 Robert Benchley (1889) 17 Ken Kesey (1935) 21 Stephen King (1947) 21 H G Wells (1866) 22 Fay Weldon (1931) 24 F Scott Fitzgerald (1896) 25 William Faulkner (1897) 27 William Conrad (1920) 29 Miguel de Cervantes (1547) 30 Truman Capote (1924)

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vicky, reading shopgirl by steve martin AT define, bath.

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OCTOBER 2009 Monday 5

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tim, reading Here at the End of the World we learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones.

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