Überauthor JK Rowling has secretly posed as a retired military policeman to write a crime novel that has been hailed as one of the best debut detective stories in years. Rowling wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling under the name Robert Galbraith and kept up the pretence that it was the work of a married father of two and former undercover investigator. Her cover was blown when the Sunday Times newspaper became suspicious that such an assured piece of writing could have been created by a first-time novelist :: Read the full article »»»»
The Los Angeles Times is reporting Vidal died on Tuesday (local time) at his home in Hollywood Hills of pneumonia complications. The paper wrote: Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic writer, savvy analyst and imperious gadfly on the national conscience, has died. He was 86. Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia, said nephew Burr Steers.
The Associated Press has tweeted that Vidal’s nephew has confirmed his death to them. Vidal’s official website Gore Vidal Now is also reporting his death.
Born in New York and raised in Washington D.C., Vidal began a career in writing at the age of 19. His first novel Williwar focused on World War II, and he then went on to write a mystery series. In total Vidal authored 25 novels, including historical works Lincoln and Burr, many of which he wrote from a house built on a cliff ledge at Ravello, along Italy’s breathtaking Amalfi coast.
Vidal also wrote Broadway hits, films and television shows. In the US Vidal is more respected as an essayist than a novelist, his bright sharp mind will be missed, his social commentary was a large contributor to the conscience of the US. In 2009, Vidal won the annual Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book foundation, which called him a “prominent social critic on politics, history, literature, and culture”.
Sydney author Anna Funder has won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award. Ms Funders debut novel All That I Am was chosen from a shortlist of five entries. The book tells the story of an elderly woman living in Sydney and her recollections of Nazi persecution in pre-war Germany.
All That I Am, also won both Book of the Year and Literary Fiction Book of the Year aat this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards. And NO this isn’t a Funder Fan Site, well perhaps a little…
The annual award – one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards – which carries a $50,000 prize, was announced at a ceremony in Brisbane last night :: Read the full article »»»»