Will Eaves’s fictionalised account of the chemical castration of Alan Turing, Murmur, was hailed as “a future classic” as it won the £30,000 Wellcome book prize on Wednesday night, only the third novel to win the award for science-related writing. Published by Charles Boyle’s one-man-band press CB Editions, Murmur was up against both fiction and non-fiction for the prize, which goes to the book that best “illuminate[s] the many ways that health and medicine touch our lives”. It beat titles including Thomas Page McBee’s memoir Amateur, about becoming the first transgender man to box at Madison Square Gardens, and cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar’s Heart, a history and memoir of the organ. Murmur, which started life as a short story, is the fifth novel by Eaves, a former arts editor of the Times Literary Supplement who now teaches at the University of Warwick. Through the figure of Alec Pryor, modelled closely on Turing, it tells of how the … [Read more...] about Will Eaves wins Wellcome book prize for fictionalised take on Alan Turing
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Gillian Anderson’s powerful performance as the emotionally fragile southern belle Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire won her a major prize at the UK’s longest running theatre awards on Sunday. Anderson won the Natasha Richardson best actress award at the 60th London Evening Standard theatre awards. She was chosen from a strong shortlist that included Helen McCrory for Medea, Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra, Billie Piper for Great Britain and Tanya Moodie for her performance in Intimate Apparel.The role is always a great one for actors with Rachel Weisz and Claire Bloom winning the same award for their roles as Blanche in 2009 and 1974. Anderson’s performance at the Young Vic last summer was lavished with praise by the critics, with the Guardian’s Michael Billington describing it as “stellar” and the Observer’s Susannah Clapp calling it “utterly compelling”. Anderson, who for some will always be Special Agent Scully, is back … [Read more...] about Gillian Anderson wins best actress award for A Streetcar Named Desire
It’s hard not to feel that the cull from Man Booker longlist to shortlist was a calculated effort by the judges to strip this latest round of “posh bingo”, as Julian Barnes famously dubbed the prize, of its excitement. The longlist not only contained a number of extraordinary novels, it also seemed constructed to celebrate younger writers – six of the 13 longlisted authors were 40 or under, with two in their 20s. The longlist asked us to reconsider both what we think of as literary writing – one sensed the presence of judge Val McDermid in the selection of Belinda Bauer’s crime thriller Snap, while Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel Sabrina was the first of its genre to be included. In the end, the shortlist managed to dispose of both the establishment – dropping Michael Ondaatje’s mesmerising Warlight the same year that his The English Patient won the Golden Booker (celebrating the prize’s 50th anniversary) – and the majority … [Read more...] about Man Booker prize shortlist 2018: how do the final six stand up?
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This column originally ran Thursday. With no real clarity from the usually reliable guild contests and critics awards, the best picture race is one of the most unpredictable in years. Considering the preferential Oscar voting system, it is not probable there will be a winner on the first ballot because it’s unlikely any film in this great year for films will be able to muster more than 50% of the first-place votes required. The second choice on those best picture ballots could end up being the most important. The top three contenders—12 Years A Slave, American Hustle and Gravity—are in a real dog fight, which means a dark horse like The Wolf Of Wall Street, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club or Nebraska could sneak in if a true three-way split occurs, although I don’t think that scenario is too likely. Never say never though. In 1981 for example no one was expecting a small British film called Chariots Of Fire to sneak in and take Best … [Read more...] about OSCARS: Pete Hammond’s Absolute FINAL Predictions In Every Category In One Of The Most Competitive Races Ever