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May 31, 2013

Peer into Samuel Beckett’s mind for $2 mln at Sotheby auction

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – A rare glimpse into the mind of
one of the 20th century’s greatest writers will go up for sale
in July when a manuscript for Samuel Beckett’s first novel hits
the auction block.

Six exercise books filled with the Irish-born Nobel
laureate’s handwritten notes for “Murphy” alongside drawings and
doodles will be the highlight of Sotheby’s English Literature
and History Sale on July 10.

May 30, 2013

Kandinsky painting shoots for record in Christie’s London sale

LONDON (Reuters) – Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky’s expressionist masterpiece “Studie zu Improvisation 3, 1909″ will take centerstage at the London Impressionist and Modern art sale held by Christie’s next month, the auction house said on Thursday.

The early 20th century artist’s vibrantly colored painting of a knight on horseback is expected to fetch as much as 16 million pounds ($24.19 million) less than a year after a similar painting set a $23 million record for Kandinsky’s work.

May 22, 2013

Short story writer Lydia Davis wins Man Booker International fiction prize

LONDON (Reuters) – American short story writer Lydia Davis won the fifth Man Booker International Prize for fiction on Wednesday for a body of work that includes some of the briefest tales ever published.

Davis – who has only written one novel – beat out a shortlist of 10 contenders for the 60,000 pound ($90,800) prize that included two authors banned in their home countries, the youngest ever nominee and one shortlisted for the second time.

May 22, 2013

Short story writer Lydia Davis wins Man Booker Intl fiction prize

LONDON (Reuters) – American short story writer Lydia Davis won the fifth Man Booker International Prize for fiction on Wednesday for a body of work that includes some of the briefest tales ever published.

Davis – who has only written one novel – beat out a shortlist of 10 contenders for the 60,000 pound ($90,800) prize that included two authors banned in their home countries, the youngest ever nominee and one shortlisted for the second time.

May 20, 2013

A gnome grows in Chelsea – at the flower show, that is

LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – Some spectators at London’s
Chelsea Flower Show wouldn’t be caught dead with one in the boot
of their Bentley, but garden gnomes have turned up at the show’s
100th edition this year, for charity.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which runs Chelsea in
the grounds of the Christopher Wren-built Royal Hospital
Chelsea, has lifted a ban on the ceramic figures with floppy
hats and beards in order to raise funds for an RHS charity that
supports the use of gardens in schools.

May 16, 2013

Emeli Sande wins two top UK singer-songwriter awards

LONDON (Reuters) – An invitation from the White House robbed Emeli Sande on Thursday of the chance to celebrate the latest mark of her success in an unstoppable rise to the front ranks of British female singers.

The Scottish singer-songwriter’s “Next To Me” single won both the best song and most performed work categories at Britain’s 58th Ivor Novello awards for songwriting, putting her on a par with some of Britain’s biggest music names.

May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy to elude breast cancer

LONDON (Reuters) – Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease.

Jolie wrote in the New York Times on Tuesday the operation has made it easier for her to reassure her six children that she would not die young from cancer, like her own mother did at 56.

May 13, 2013

Daylight shines on Tate Britain’s 500-year gallop through art

LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Out go the themed rooms and
groupings of artists at London’s Tate Britain gallery, and in
comes a pure, sunlit, chronological walk through British art
from 1540 to the present.

The world’s leading collection of British paintings and
sculpture on Monday threw open a permanent gallery so radically
refurbished and reorganised that every one of the 500-odd works
on display had to be rehung.

Apr 29, 2013

Champagne celebrations turn to prosecco in frugal Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – More than half of British consumers refuse to spend money unless it is “absolutely necessary” in a weak economy, with prosecco now more likely to mark a special occasion than champagne, according a new consumer trend report released on Friday.

Global research firm Mintel’s annual “British Lifestyles” report said one day after the country skirted a “triple dip” recession that consumers have made paying their bills and saving for a rainy day their top priorities.

Apr 26, 2013

Champagne celebrations turn to prosecco in frugal Britain-report

LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) – More than half of British
consumers refuse to spend money unless it is “absolutely
necessary” in a weak economy, with prosecco now more likely to
mark a special occasion than champagne, according a new consumer
trend report released on Friday.

Global research firm Mintel’s annual “British Lifestyles”
report said one day after the country skirted a “triple dip”
recession that consumers have made paying their bills and saving
for a rainy day their top priorities.

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      "Paul Casciato has been a correspondent and editor for Reuters News Agency since 1992. He has reported and edited a wide range of political, general news and business stories that run the gamut from war to wage inflation. He has reported from Toronto, New York, London, Dublin, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Kenya, Tanzania, Washington, the Balkans, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq. He is currently in charge of lifestyle news for Europe, the Middle East and Africa."
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