Five things we loved this week
Our literary round-up of the last seven days
Night Shift is over…or is it?
In a turn of events that echoes the Easter story itself, The Night Manager may not be gone forever after this weekend – it may return to our screens once more. The slick, Bond-like adaptation of John le Carre’s novel of the same name, admired for its impeccable polish and calibre of acting, may well have a sequel series. Here’s hoping it is true and we will delight in Hugh Laurie’s deliciously evil Richard Roper , Tom Hollander’s
Putney has a brand new landmark
Putney has been the starting point for The University Boat Race since 1845. Among its notable residences have been: Thomas Cromwell, Clement Attlee, E. M. Forster and... Pierce Brosnan. Well, now, it has something else to shout about: a brand new Waterstones. Our gleaming new shop boasts a large Fiction and Travel section, a vibrant Children’s section and it has a sleek Dillon’s café that serves coffee so good you will never want to leave. We foresee 2016 as the year the Boat Race rowers all abandon the race at Putney, get out of their boats, swim to shore, shake hands, denounce all rivalry, and go and have a natter over a pain au chocolat in our shop instead. You never know…
Elena Ferrante – we salute you!
I would like to take this opportunity to suggest
A Short History of Comedy in 2016
Do you know what is funny? The Woodhouse prize – that is what is funny. Each year, it laughs, chuckles,
Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must aside a lifetime of feuding to save their emigre engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth.
Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die. Selected as our February 2016 Rediscovered Classic.
It is 2022 and the discussion is finally over, England have eleven players as good as any of them. The unbeatable national team have reached the final of the Qatar World Cup. But one journalist is convinced there is a secret behind England's incredible form. But if he exposes the shocking truth, his beloved England could be sent home in disgrace.
While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life gets steadily more exciting under Paul's fictionalizing influence; he even falls in love with a beautiful waitress.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, The Sellout is a biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court. Outrageous and outrageously funny, The Sellout is set to be one of the most important novels of 2016.