Books in the News: July 2017

Andrea Leadsom gave us quite a laugh early on in July. A few days after the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen‘s death, the leader of the Commons was attempting to praise the author, who will feauture on the new £10 banknotes that will go into circulation in September. Following comments from the shadow Commons leader, Valerie Vaz, praising leading female figures, she said:

“I would just add one other great lady to that lovely list, who I am delighted to join in celebrating, and that’s that of Jane Austen, who will feature on the new £10 note, which I think is one of our greatest living authors.”

When confronted with laughter, she quickly corrected her statement as follows: “Greatest ever authors, and I think it’s fantastic that at last we are starting to recognise – well I think many of us probably wish she were still living – but I absolutely share the sentiment.”

After the literary slip, she was mocked on Twitter and even trended on the social media website for a little while. Among the tweeters was bookseller Waterstones that was having a lot of fun with Andra Leadsom’s mistake.

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British Crime Fiction Awards (Part 2): Theakston’s Old Peculier Shortlist 2017

Crime fiction awards do not get the same amount of coverage as their literary siblings The Man Booker Prize and The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, but Britain’s CWA Dagger Awards and Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year make a noteworthy attempt to trigger the interest in crime fiction.

In my previous post, British Crime Fiction Awards (Part 1), you can get acquainted with the CWA Dagger Awards and get a glimpse at this year’s longlist for the Gold and International Dagger. In part 2 I’d like to introduce that other British crime fiction award, the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

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