The Booker prize judges misunderstand literature and its purpose. Would they blame maths for being difficult? Tue 18 Oct 2011 13.41 EDTFirst published on Tue 18 Oct 2011 13.41 EDTAuthors on the Booker prize shortlist: left to right, Carol Birch, Stephen Kelman, Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan and A. Miller. Photograph: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImageThe Booker Best Pony in Show row is an annual event that at least lifts novels off the books pages and into the public debate.
I was born in Manchester. If I had been brought up there, with my biological mother, that would have been a different life. I can imagine it, but I am a fiction writer, and I like to imagine other versions in other lives. Twenty-two miles north in Accrington is where I grew up; I have written about that in the hall of mirrors that is my first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and in the clear glass version that is the sort-of memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
In my adolescence, there was no historical figure that I was more intrigued by than Elizabeth I. Her love-affair with the Earl of Leicester was a particular area of interest. So when English Heritage offered up a list of potential sites for a ghost story, which included Kenilworth castle, where Leicester unsuccessfully proposed to Elizabeth, the adolescent in me immediately said “yes”. But the imagination works in strange ways.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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