THE HEART OF MAN shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize

      Philip Roughton’s translation of The Heart of Man, by Jón Kalman Stefánsson has been shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2016, the first time that the Prize will have been awarded since the sad death of its creator and benefactor, Lord Weidenfeld, earlier this year.   The Heart of Man is a profound exploration of love, life and desire, set against the vast wilderness of the far north, …

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Sara Stridsberg elected to the Swedish Academy

      Hot on the heels of Andreï Makine and his election to the Académie Française in March this year, fellow MacLehose Press author (soon to be), Sara Stridsberg, has been elected to the thirteenth chair of the Swedish Academy.   The Swedish Academy is, of course, the institution that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. There are eighteen chairs, and membership is for life. Upon admission to the …

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Andrey Kurkov comes to London and takes over the airwaves

  “I thought that Soviet history was a hidden treasure because we were not taught correct and honest history, so everything that we were taught was false – which means that somewhere a real history is hidden … At some point I understood that history is actually formed by people, by the mentality of these people.”   So observed Andrey Kurkov – along with a number of other things – during …

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NORWEGIAN WOOD is “the most absurd book on the list” and Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016

      At the annual British Book Industry Awards on May 9th, the judges described Lars Mytting’s bestselling Scandinavian woodlore as “the most absurd book on the list” and “wonderfully eccentric”. Both of these things are undoubtedly true, but we could not be prouder or happier for Norwegian Wood’s triumph as it was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016.   To quote the Bookseller winner’s brochure: “Whether you’re curled …

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