Alison Flood

Game of Thrones author gives fans the finger

Fans of George RR Martin's books want to know if he'll live long enough to give them an end to the series, a question he finds pretty offensive.

Wronged writers grind their axes

"Amazon has done more to liberate readers and writers than any other entity since Gutenberg," states a petition in the war on book selling.

Drugs, nudity and bigotry restored to F Scott Fitzgerald’s stories

Censored material removed from a collection of F Scott Fitzgerald's short stories is being restored in a new edition of the author's work.

Pulitzer prize for fiction goes to ‘The Goldfinch’

Donna Tartt's huge book, 11 years in the writing, wins the honour for "beautifully written ... novel with exquisitely drawn characters".

‘Gone With the Wind’ prequel to tell Mammy’s story

Author Donald McCaig's upcoming novel - billed as a prequel to "Gone With the Wind" - is set to tell the untold story of devoted house slave Mammy.

Murderer’s crime novel wins literary award

"Cuts Through Bone", the book by convicted murderer Alaric Hunt who has been jailed since the 1980s, has won a $10 000 prize and a publishing deal.

Tom Sharpe, British comic novelist, dies age 85

Author of "Porterhouse Blue" and "Wilt" novels has died at home in Catalonia, from complications related to diabetes.

Syrian wins ‘writer of courage’ prize

Samar Yazbek was named by British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy as international "writer of courage" with whom she will share the Pen/Pinter prize.

King of horror returns to old-school publishing

Stephen King's digital publication of "Riding the Bullet" in 2000 made him one of the pioneers of the e-book movement.

Pink Lantern gets the green light

After 72 years of tackling supervillains as a straight man, DC Comics' Green Lantern, one of the oldest characters, is to be reintroduced as gay.

‘Let’s have Bateman kill David Beckham in a lift’

Brett Easton Ellis is mulling a sequel to <i>American Psycho</i> in which Patrick Bateman murders David Beckham and analyses Whitney Houston's oeuvre.

Nobel committee defends another European choice

The Swedish Academy has responded to accusations of insularity in recent years by awarding the 2011 Nobel prize for literature to one of their own.

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