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Fans of Chigozie Obioma, author of the Man Booker-shortlisted debut The Fishermen (Pushkin Press) can expect a follow-up to his Manbooker Prize Shortlisted novel The Fisherman.
His new novel an Orchestra of Minorities is expected to be out in 2019 and is about the life of a troubled young poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves. According an article in The Bookseller, the publishers Little Brown described the novel as a modern epic of Igbo civilisation, dealing with myth, spirituality, life, death,obsession and ownership.It canalso be read as parable about civilisation lurching towards modernity, sometimes the cost of abandoning the wisdom of elders."
Obioma said: "I'm thrilled at the prospect of making this book with Ailah and the folks at Little, Brown, UK. Their enthusiasm for An Orchestra of Minorities and The Fishermen has been great, and I couldn't feel more satisfied to be working with such a wonderful editor in Ailah. It is pleasing that she will be working with Judy Clain, also at Little, Brown US, in a collaboration I'm convinced will yield great results."
A Conservative MP who claimed that a book prize set up to address the lack of diversity in British publishing was discriminatory against white people has had his complaint dismissed.
Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission in January, claiming that the Jhalak prize for writers of colour discriminated against white writers.
A spokesman for the EHRC said: “After investigating, we were satisfied that the prize did not breach equality law.” He added: “As the UK’s independent equality regulator, the Commission has a duty to consider complaints by individuals about potential breaches of the Equality Act 2010.”
But one of the founders of the prize, author Sunny Singh, criticised the decision to follow up on Davies’ complaint, claiming it had caused “enormous stress” and wasted resources.
Singh said she was baffled at Davies’ action. “I really cannot understand why an MP for an extraordinary constituency like Shipley would do a thing like this,” she said. “I am heartbroken because I would expect more responsible behaviour and better use of his time from a member of parliament.”
The EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises exceptional up-and-coming literary talents across Europe. It highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature and sheds light on Europe's rich cultural and linguistic heritage.
Every year, expert national juries from one third of the countries participating in Creative Europe nominate authors based on specific criteria.
The 12 winners each receive a cash prize of €5,000 and, more importantly, benefit from greater international visibility and cross-border promotion, starting at the awards ceremony in Brussels and continuing at Europe’s major book fairs.
Manbooker Shortlisted Author Sunjeev Sahota was one of the authors recognised as part of the EU Prize For Literature 2017
A new study by the Bookseller magazine has revealed a “shockingly low” number of books by British BAME (black, asian and minority ethnic) authors in the top 500 titles of the year to date.
The study uncovered the fact that among the top 100 bestselling titles for the year to date, there was just one British BAME author in the list – Kazuo Ishiguro with his novel The Buried Giant, which had sold just over 100,000 copies to make 59th place with the next UK BAME author Dorothy Koomson, in 156th place with the commercial novel That Girl from Nowhere.
Bookseller’s charts editor Kiera O’Brien, commented "Of the top 500 titles for 2016, 343 were written by UK authors, of which 1.7% were penned by BAME Brits. That drops to 1.2% when extrapolated to the top 500. Considering the BAME population of England and Wales is around 15%, this is shockingly low,”
However the study did have some positive news - while there were just a paltry three UK BAME authors in the top 300, and six in the top 500, the Bookseller revealed that 2016’s charts were actually more diverse than in previous years.
Penguin Random House has acquired a new novel from Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, for June 2017: her first work of fiction since The God of Small Things (Harper Perennial) won the Booker prize almost 20 years ago.
Details of the book's plot have not been disclosed, but Simon Prosser, publishing director of Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books, said it was full of "extraordinary" characters and "one of the finest we have read in recent times".
Since her debut, The God of Small Things, published with Harper in 1997, Roy has been concerned mostly as a human rights activist and published politically oriented non-fiction, including Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers (Penguin, 2009), Walking with Comrades (Pengui, 2011), Broken Republic: Three Essays (Hamish Hamilton, 2011), and Capitalism: A Ghost Story (Verso, 2014).
Roy said: "I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers."
In Chinelo Okparanta’s new novel Under the Udala Trees, a chance meeting between Ijeoma, a Christian Igbo, and Amina, a Muslim Hausa, begins a friendship that turns quickly to passion. “This was the beginning,” Okparanta writes. “Our bodies being touched by the fire that was each other’s flesh … Tingly and good and like everything perfect in the world.”
Ijeoma’s secure, stable childhood has already unravelled by then. The novel is set in 1968, one year into the Biafran conflict, and Ijeoma’s world is beset by “the ruckus of armored cars and shelling machines, bomber planes and their loud engines sending shock waves through our ears”. Things grow worse. Her father, “a man who liked to wallow in his thoughts”, becomes so consumed by sorrow for his massacred people that he refuses to seek refuge during an air raid over their town of Ojoto. When Ijeoma and her mother Adaora emerge from a nearby bunker, they discover his blood-soaked body.
Meera Syal immerses us in the tale of a rarely spoken subject: surrogacy. We are introduced to a forty-something has been mother trying for her second child. Shyama’s character reminds the reader that life isn’t always kind; escaping a troublesome marriage when her first born was young and now living opposite her ageing parents. Read More