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George Saunders

Learn All About: George Saunders

Paul Gallagher

George Saunders has been lauded as "the best [living] short story writer in English" and won literary prizes ranging from the MacArthur "Genius Grant" to the inaugural Folio Prize. Tenth of December, his most recent collection, was called "the best book you'll read this year" by New York Times Magazine. Despite these laurels, Saunders isn't exactly a household name and, as our Book Talk discussion showed, he’s a Marmite writer – you love him or hate him.

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Book Magpie: Weblinks for Booklovers April 2014

Danny Scott

Spring is a rebel and so is Book Magpie... that’s why this bird is back for April. Your favourite bookish, web-obsessed Eurasian magpie has been busy scouring the internet for the best links for you to share with your friends by email, on Twitter or Facebook - pretending all the time that it was you who found them yourself.

Three quick reasons why spring is the best season: (1) the clocks change so magpies can spot more shiny things for longer; (2) you can read outside on your lunchbreak; and (3) everyone feels a little hornier in spring.

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Lucy Ribchester

Lucy Ribchester signs two-book deal

Sarah Barrie

Lucy Ribchester, who received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2013, has signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster. Her debut novel, The Hourglass Factory, will be published in Spring 2015.

The Hourglass Factory is a murder mystery set in 1912 suffragette London. If you can't wait a full year to read the book, we've got an extract of the novel on her New Writers Award profile.

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Bridget Khursheed

Author Confessions: Bridget Khursheed

Lynsey Rogers

Bridget Khursheed has published extensively in anthologies and magazines, including New Writing Scotland, The Rialto, Northwords Now, Poetry Scotland, The Eildon Tree and Gutter and Southlight. In 2014, Bridget received a New Writers Award for Poetry. She is the founder editor of poetandgeek.com: the Scottish-Australian online magazine and blog with an international poetry perspective.

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