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22 September 2022

Katherine Rundell longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022

The longlist for the 2022 Baillie Gifford Prize has been unveiled and Katherine Rundell is new to the list with her first non-fiction book Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne (Faber). One of the finest children's writers of her generation, Katherine Rundell turns her attention to the rambunctious life of notorious metaphysical poet John Donne in Super-Infinite, chronicling his misadventures, myriad occupations and jaw-dropping exploits with gusto, pace and thrilling immediacy.

The prize aims to recognise and reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. This year’s shortlist will be announced on 10th October in a live event at Cheltenham Literature Festival. The winner will be announced on 17th November at an award ceremony at the Science Museum.

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14 September 2022

Olga Ravn and Olga Tokarczuk longlisted for National Book Award for Translated Literature 2022

The National Book Foundation have announced the longlist for the 2022 National Book Award for Translated Literature, which includes titles by Olga Ravn and Olga Tokarczuk. The longlistees were chosen from a total of 146 books submitted by publishers; the finalists in all categories will be announced on October 4, and winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony on November 16.

Olga Ravn is longlisted for The Employees (New Directions), which is structured as a series of witness statements compiled by a workplace commission, and follows the story of the crew of a Six-Thousand Ship which consists of those who were born, and those who were made, those who will die, and those who will not. Olga Tokarczuk's novel The Books of Jacob (Riverhead), which has been called her “magnum opus”, and took Jennifer Croft seven years to translate, is also among the ten books shortlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Translated Literature. The book follows the story of charismatic Jewish eighteenth-century mystic Jacob Frank and an Eastern Europe swept by new ideas. 

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14 September 2022

Colm Tóibín among the international authors shortlisted and longlisted for French literary awards

Colm Tóibín is among the international authors shortlisted for the 2022 Les Inrockuptibles Literary Prize in France. He is also longlisted for the Priz Femina Etranger and the Prix Médicis Etranger awards with The Magician (Gtasset), a fictionalised biography of the writer Thomas Mann. 

Through the life and times of the exiled German Nobel winner, Colm Tóibín tells the awe-inspiring story of the twentieth century, in a novel about love, intimacy, family, exile, war and creativity, spanning three generations, and managing to secure itself as both epic and intimate in equal measure. The novel is set against the backdrop of Europe’s turmoil in the first half of the 20th century and it was awarded the Rathbones Folio Prize for Fiction in 2022. It is translated from English into French by Anna Gibson.

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