When it was announced that Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller had won the Nobel Prize for literature this year, I had two immediate reactions: a) the by-now-annual stab of resentment that the blokes in Stockholm have – again – not given Philip Roth the nod; and b) oh, dear, I am such an ignorant git, I haven’t read a single one of Muller’s. Read more

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On the Guardian’s books blog,  I came across this enjoyable literary parlour game. With the marketing side of publishing being what it is, the game asks you to come up with your own titles/subtitles that might tease, tempt, and force many many readers into buying the book and turning it into a bestseller. Read more

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