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Lost dogs and enchantresses make for a strong Booker list, but where is Kelman?

Let's get the annual squall of outrage over first. Kieron Smith, Boy by James Kelman deserved at least a shortlist place in this year's Man Booker contest. Indeed, the beautifully observed, deeply affecting first-person portrait of a Glasgow childhood outshines Roddy Doyle's Dublin equivalent, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – which won the prize in 1993.

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

The longlist of 13 books was chosen from 112 entries

Grace Kelly with a quote from a love letter written to her by Prince Rainier of Monaco in the month of their marriage

Love Letters of Great Men - for real

Monday, 28 July 2008

Macmillan, are issuing a new book with the same title and choice of historical figures as the fictitious one that so intrigued Carrie Bradshaw in the the recent Sex and the City movie.

Online shoppers boost Amazon profit

Thursday, 24 July 2008 Inc says its quarterly profit doubled and sales grew 41 per cent, indicating to Wall Street that many cost-conscious shoppers are heading online to save money in a tough economy.

JK Rowling tops list of billionaires

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Harry Potter author JK Rowling earned more than anyone else on any of Forbes' lists, with a total of $300m (£150m).

The Sony Reader, priced at �199, can hold up to 160 books

A real page-turner? No, but it may change the way we read

Thursday, 24 July 2008

An electronic gadget capable of storing hundreds of downloadable "ebooks" that could do for the written word what the iPod did for music is to be launched in over 300 stores across Britain

'It was a gift for my kids': former hotel clerk tops best-seller lists

Saturday, 19 July 2008

As a first-time author William P Young had no illusions about his book. A former hotel night clerk and odd-job man who was raised partly among a stone-age tribe in New Guinea, he had written it mostly as an exercise in self-therapy with little thought of publishing. If his children would read it, he'd be happy.

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Victorian murder mystery inspires book prize winner

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

When a three-year-old was brutally murdered in an urbane Wiltshire household in 1860, the crime created a national frenzy and sparked an entire new literary genre of the aristocratic "country house murder".

Waterstone's in e-book deal

Monday, 14 July 2008

The bookseller Waterstone's is gearing up to launch its first electronic book reader device this autumn, as rival Borders UK revealed sales of the e-book it launched in May are ahead of expectations.

Rowling joins revolt over age banding for children's books

Sunday, 13 July 2008

A dispute between publishers and authors over controversial plans to introduce age bands for books remained unresolved last night.

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