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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2018 Announced

The Man Booker Prize shortlist 2018 was announced yesterday on September 20, 2018. The Prize for the winner will be £50,000. The six authors, Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers, and Robin Robertson are shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

George Orwell Archive added to UNESCO Memory of the World Register

The George Orwell Archive also contains the first jottings of the most well-known words and phrases from his books; including 'War is Peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength' from Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Lethal White: J K Rowling’s New Book Released

Lethal White is fourth book of the Cormoran Strike series released yesterday, on September 18,2018. J K Rowling publishes this series under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The Cormoran Strike series is classic contemporary crime fiction set in London, where Cormoran Strike, war veteran turned private detective, solves brutal murders with the help of his trusted assistant Robin Ellacott.

Recent Articles

Book Review: A Silent Takeover by Sarvananda Chandrashekaraiah

A Silent Takeover was intense and suspenseful, and was a thriller to its very core. This book flows so smoothly, at a nice brisk pace. It’s one that you could easily read in a day or two if you were so inclined. There is an intriguing plot, lots of twists, some wonderful characters, plenty of clues, suspects, and a good dose of thrill.

Book Review: Finding Your Seat at the Table by Teboho Mofokeng

Finding Your Seat at the Table by Teboho Mofokeng is a tremendously valuable book for anyone who is looking not for a job, but a career that offers control, autonomy, and gives you a sense of fulfillment. The subtitle of this book reveals the main theme of the book: “Creating the Ideal Career”. This book will give you the step by step plan to achieve it.

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir is a hard science fiction novel about one man being stranded on Mars and trying not to die. It features such riveting activities as growing potatoes using your own faeces as part of the soil and repair work on multiple pieces of equipment. Mark Watney was part of a six-person crew that constituted the third manned expedition to Mars. The mission was to remain on the Red Planet for thirty-one days, but six days into their stay, a huge dust storm blew up with ferocious winds that forced the crew to abandon the mission.

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a really clever gradual unfolding of friendship and the suffering undergone by the captive population of Guernsey during the occupation of the Third Reich during the early 1940's.

Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn reads as a fascinating piece of historical fiction torn between the events of World War I and post-World War II France. Despite a few criticisms, it's quite a page-turning gem that illuminates the unfortunate German-occupied France time periods with real and historical characters brought to life in a believable fashion. If anyone has read Kristin Hannah's 'The Nightingale,' they will enjoy this book, and vice versa.

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