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Old 18th Sep 2009, 5:57   #11
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Any news on Beryl Bainbridge's The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress?
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Crikey, Crake, that's one that's been even longer coming than The Pregnant Widow. Some book sites (though not Amazon) list it, often with a 2009 publication date, and contemporarywriters.com says it was published in 2008! It might be out in time I suppose, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Borders is taking no chances; they're listing it as published on Christmas Day, 2018, by which time Bainbridge will be 86.

Her Wikipedia page talks of her writing a novel called Dear Brutus in 2007, which she then "decided to leave unfinished". But she read from The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress at an event last June.

I don't know why I'm bothered, as I've never really been able to get on with Bainbridge's fiction anyway.
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I don't know why I'm bothered, as I've never really been able to get on with Bainbridge's fiction anyway.
I read my first recently: Harriet Said

It's tough subject matter and therefore difficult to say "enjoyable" but certainly very good and highly memorable.

I have plenty more on the shelves and will definitely read more on the strength of this one.
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sir andrew motion, former poet laureate, is today (wednesday 18th november) announced as chair of the judges for the 2010 man booker prize for fiction – the most significant literary prize in the english language.

andrew motion comments, ‘it’s an honour to be asked to chair the man booker prize, which has consistently been a focus for the best fiction of recent years. It's an exciting challenge too: A lot of difficult decisions lie ahead. I greatly look forward to a year of reading voraciously.’

andrew motion is professor of creative writing at royal holloway college, university of london and co-founder of the online poetry archive. He was appointed poet laureate in 1999 for a ten year term.he has received numerous awards for his writing.his group study the lamberts won the somerset maugham award and his authorised life of philip larkin won the whitbread prize for biography. Andrew motion was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.

the longlist, ‘the booker dozen’ – the 12 (or 13) titles under serious consideration for the prize - will be announced in late july. The shortlist of six books will be announced in early september. The man booker prize 2010 winner will be announced on the bbc from london’s guildhall at an awards ceremony on tuesday 12th october 2010.
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Is it too early to start a 2011 speculation?
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why aren't there any capital letters in that quote, stewart?
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David Mitchell's supposed to have a new one out around then...
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why aren't there any capital letters in that quote, stewart?
Dunno. Copy and paste issue.
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I rather like the choice. I'm not a poetry reader, but I would far prefer a poet to a de-frocked cabinet minister or whatever. If they complete the jury with a good selection, I see nothing but positives. Then again, we colonials should be hesitant about expressing our opinions.
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No, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (original title Deshima) will be published in the first half of 2010 and will qualify for next year's prize. And, let's face it, will be shortlisted.

But Adam Mars-Jones's Cedilla, which has been put back to October 2010, will qualify for the 2011 prize...
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