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Oct 16, 2012

Mantel wins second Booker fiction prize, Jeet loses

LONDON (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel wrote herself into the history books on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first Briton to win the coveted Man Booker prize for fiction twice with “Bring Up the Bodies”, the sequel to her acclaimed “Wolf Hall”. India’s Jeet Thayil was also in the running for the prize.

Two men had previously “done the double” – J.M. Coetzee who was born in South Africa and Australia’s Peter Carey.

Oct 16, 2012

Mantel makes history with second Booker fiction prize

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel wrote herself into
the history books on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first
Briton to win the coveted Man Booker prize for fiction twice
with “Bring Up the Bodies”, the sequel to her acclaimed “Wolf
Hall”.

Two men had previously “done the double” – J.M. Coetzee who
was born in South Africa and Australia’s Peter Carey.

Oct 16, 2012

Mantel, Self lead race for Man Booker fiction prize

LONDON (Reuters) – Six authors are contesting the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction awarded later on Tuesday, although if bookmakers are to be believed it is a two-horse race between 2009 winner Hilary Mantel and first-time nominee Will Self.

The fact that Mantel and Self, both British authors, are the most recognizable names on the shortlist this year may help explain their more favorable betting odds for one of English literature’s best known prizes.

Oct 15, 2012

UK band Ultrasound rises from ashes of 90s implosion

DURHAM, England, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Rock and roll is full of
cautionary tales – of excess, break-ups and missed
opportunities.

British indie band Ultrasound, touted as the “next big
thing” in the 1990s only to sink without trace following bitter
bust-ups, reports of in-band infidelity and “creative
differences”, fits the bill neatly.

Oct 15, 2012

Rolling Stones to play four gigs, Jagger hints at more

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones will perform two concerts in London and two near New York as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, the band announced on Monday, and lead singer Mick Jagger hinted there could be more gigs to come.

The British group, one of rock and roll’s most successful acts, will play the O2 Arena in the British capital on November 25 and 29 before crossing the Atlantic to perform at the Prudential Center, Newark, on December 13 and 15.

Oct 12, 2012

Author Mantel eyes Booker history, Self a contender

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel could become the
first woman to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction
twice with her historical novel “Bring Up the Bodies”, the
bookmakers’ favourite alongside Will Self’s “Umbrella”.

The annual literary award to an author from the
Commonwealth, Zimbabwe or Ireland will be handed out at a glitzy
dinner in London on Tuesday, and the build-up this year has been
dominated by 60-year-old Mantel.

Oct 12, 2012

Mantel could make history with Booker Prize double

LONDON (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel is favored to become the first woman to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction twice, with her historical novel “Bring Up the Bodies” ahead of Will Self’s “Umbrella” in the bookmakers’ rankings.

The annual award, one of the world’s most prominent literary prizes, will be handed out at a glitzy dinner in London on Tuesday, and the build-up this year has been dominated by 60-year-old Mantel.

Oct 10, 2012

London film festival opens, Rolling Stones to star

LONDON (Reuters) – The London film festival opens on Wednesday with the European premiere of Tim Burton’s stop-motion 3D animation drama “Frankenweenie”, kicking off the 12-day cinema showcase where more than 220 movies and documentaries will be screened.

It closes on October 21 with another European premiere, Mike Newell’s adaptation of the classic Dickens novel “Great Expectations” starring Ralph Fiennes as Abel Magwitch and Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham.

Oct 9, 2012

London art bonanza looks to past to bolster future

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The most surprising thing about
this year’s Frieze art week, which puts London at the cutting
edge of the contemporary art world every October, is that there
is so much old art around.

The annual Frieze Art Fair will go ahead as usual in a giant
marquee in Regent’s Park, a grid of 175 galleries teeming with
potential buyers and thousands of contemporary art lovers keen
to keep up with the latest trends in a fast-moving world.

Oct 8, 2012

U.S. collector slams “trophy hunters” inflating art

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. art collector whose 20th century paintings from Germany and Austria are valued at more than 100 million pounds ($160 million) has attacked what he called “trophy hunters” who have driven prices higher and created a bubble in the market.

Benedict Silverman, a property developer and philanthropist, has decided to put his collection of works by artists including Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Otto Dix up for sale to raise funds for an education fund called Reading Rescue.

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