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June 14, 2013

Bakker’s The Detour wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Gerbrand Bakker

Gerbrand Bakker

| By Charlotte Williams

Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker has won this year’s £10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize with his novel The Detour, published by Harvill Secker.

It is the author’s second major literary prize win; his previous novel, The Twin, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2010.

Bakker will share the prize money with the title’s translator, David Colmer [pictured right].

The Detour follows Emilie, a translation professor and Emily Dickinson scholar, who retreats from her life in the Netherlands to an isolated farm house in Wales following an affair with a student.

Boyd Tonkin, literary editor of the Independent and award judge, said: “Swift-moving and apparently straightforward, but with mysterious hidden depths, The Detour is a novel that grips its reader tight and never lets go

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November 25, 2011

Leveson: PEN warning on privacy as Rowling gives evidence


J K Rowling

|By  Benedicte Page and Charlotte Williams

English PEN has prepared a written submission to the Leveson inquiry, warning that if tough new privacy laws are brought in as a result of the phone-hacking scandal they could have a damaging effect on freedom of expression.

Meanwhile author J K Rowling is giving evidence about her experiences of press intrusion to the high court inquiry this afternoon. English PEN director Jonathan Heawood said the organisation was watching the progress of the inquiry, chaired by Mr Justice Leveson, very closely. “Like everyone, we’re shocked by the stories of intrusion and harassment that are emerging but we’re very concerned about the impact of tough new privacy laws on publishers, booksellers and authors,” he said. “We’ve seen how imbalanced libel law has become and we don’t want to repeat the same mistake with a
privacy law that could stifle memoirs, biographies, and other works of contemporary non-fiction, and could affect fiction too.”

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March 24, 2011

Bi Feiyu wins Man Asian Literary Prize

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|By  Katie Allen

Novelist Bi Feiyu has won the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize, becoming the prize’s third Chinese winner in four years.

He was awarded the US$30,000 award at an event in Hong Kong for his novel Three Sisters (Telegram/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).The novel’s translators Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin share a prize of US$5,000.

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