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Sally Rooney's Normal People wins big at British Book Awards - Dotemirates
13/05/2019

Sally Rooney's Normal People wins big at British Book Awards

Sally Rooney has beaten Michelle Obama to book of the year with her second novel, Normal People, at the British Book Awards. The Irish writer, 28, said it was "an enormous privilege" to win both the top prize and fiction book of the year.Head judge Alice O'Keeffe praised Obama's entry, but deemed Rooney's work "exceptional" and "profoundly moving".The former first lady's memoir, Becoming, did however clinch the non-fiction narrative and audiobook awards.The awards, dubbed the Nibbies, are organised by trade magazine The Bookseller. The winners from each of the British Book Awards' eight categories go forward for the overall best...


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07/06/2019

Simon Armitage: ‘I always thought, if Ted Hughes can do it why can’t I?’

Simon Armitage wrote his first poem when he was 10 for a school assignment. “I didn’t know what a poem was. I knew it was short, so that was appealing,” he confesses when we meet at the London offices of Faber, which has published his work for more than 25 years and where his books – 28 in all – take up a couple of shelves on an impressively appointed bookcase. His teacher selected six poems to put on the wall; Armitage’s wasn’t among them. “What particularly upset me was that for the first time, maybe ever with a bit...
07/06/2019

Ed Sheeran 'coming home' exhibition curated by dad

Ed Sheeran's father has curated an exhibition charting the singer's rise from schoolboy to international star.Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk focuses on the pop star's "deep affection" for his home county and includes images never before shown in public. It opens in Ipswich in August to coincide with the singer-songwriter's four homecoming concerts."The choice of Ipswich shows just how important his Suffolk roots are to him," John Sheeran said. "Ed has a deep affection for the landscape and its people. This exhibition reflects that - its title is Made in Suffolk, which he was." The Sheeran family moved to Framlingham...
07/06/2019

Best games of 2019 so far

AND GAMES Devil May Cry 5 A frenetic, over-the-top action game about sexy demon hunters, in which you are assaulted by hellish creatures, flashy visual effects and absurdly energetic rock music all at once. It is sensory overload, and an absolute blast. What we said: “It’s bloody, spectacular and irresistible, all cheesy one-liners, guns, swords and explosions while guitars scream in the background, and it plays like a dream.” Resident Evil 2 A brilliant remake of the 1998 survival horror classic, providing series heroes Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield with terrifying new challenges as they explore the zombie-infested Racoon City...

07/06/2019

Dr John, legendary genre-bending New Orleans musician, dies aged 77

, the New Orleans musician who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77. In a statement released through his publicist, the family said , who was born Mac Rebennack, died “toward the break of day” of a heart attack. They did not say where he died or give other details. He had not been seen in public much since late 2017, when he canceled several gigs. He had been resting at his New Orleans area home, publicist Karen Beninato said last year in an...
07/06/2019

The heat is on: how to make the feelgood hit of the summer

As the days get longer, a strange phenomenon occurs. Everything you do becomes soundtracked by one seemingly omnipresent melody, one incessant beat. You might pride yourself on not knowing what it is, but it will prevail regardless. This is the song of the summer. In 2013 it was the relentless funk of Daft Punk’s . In 2003 Beyoncé was inescapably with Jay-Z; and 1999 rang with Lou Bega’s shopping list of lovers, . Last year, in the UK at least, it was a three-way tie between , and . Those three songs went on to become the three biggest sellers...

Bharat box-offce update: Salman Khan’s film mints this much rupees on day 2

Mumbai: Salman Khan starrer ‘Bharat’ has set all records straight with raking the first day collections at the box office as the highest ever of all times for the superstar. Despite a working day, Bharat has garnered 31 Cr on day two taking the grand total to 73.30 Cr. #Bharat puts up a big total on Day 2 [working day after #Eid holiday]... Plexes saw normal decline, while single screens held fort... Saw excellent occupancy in evening/night shows... Overall, 2-day total is superb... Wed 42.30 cr, Thu 31 cr. Total: ₹ 73.30 cr. India biz. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June...