The Nobel Prize rewards noble writers over literary merit
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Worthy winners of the literature prize have included T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats and Thomas Mann, as well as Australians Patrick White and J. M. Coetzee. But the winners' circle has also included Winston Churchill in 1953 for his six-volume work The ...
The Man Booker needs new blood more than it needs American writers
The next few years I obsessively read Booker winners, to the exclusion of anything else – discovering JM Coetzee, Keri Hulme, James Kelman and so many others. These novels captivated me in a way winners of the Pulitzer never could, and from my earliest ...
Man Booker prize: Peter Carey criticises decision to include US writers
He is one of only three novelists to have won the Booker twice, with Oscar and Lucinda in 1988 and True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001; he has been shortlisted on two further occasions. (The other double-Bookers are Hilary Mantel and JM Coetzee).
Books to Die For review – passionate advocacy for gems of crime fiction
Margie Orford chooses JM Coetzee's Disgrace, claiming that it was Coetzee – “a literary writer” – who best addressed the issue of crime in the new South Africa. Chapters such as these go some way towards blurring the distinction between “genre” and ...