Presque vu LXIV
Europe is a country and everyone speaks French here.
Nikita Lalwani‘s novel, Gifted, has won the inaugural Desmond Elliott prize.
The widely acclaimed debut novel about immigration and a precocious childhood, has been in contention for other literary prizes, but not won until now. The £10,000 winner’s cheque, will be donated, by the author, to human rights campaigners Liberty. Nikita Lalwani said:
“We live at a time when we can’t take personal freedoms and civil liberties for granted any more – in this country as in others – so an organisation which campaigns on these issues deserves our support.”
Publishers Weekly reports that literary agent Barbara Bauer is suing 19 bloggers and websites, including Wikipedia, YouTube and AbsoluteWrite.com, claiming they are ruining her reputation.
This one links to a story in the Guardian books page about a seemingly good and brave teacher and her persecution by a load of bloody fools.