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Nominees for the Booker Prize – Britain’s most prestigious literary award – have been announced. Below is the list with links for
more info on the titles and purchase info:

Darkmans by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate)

Self Help by Edward Docx (Picador)

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon)

The Gathering by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies (Sceptre)

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (John Murray)

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani (Viking)

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)

What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn (Tindal Street)

Consolation by Michael Redhill (William Heinemann)

Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (Simon & Schuster)

Winnie & Wolf by A.N. Wilson (Hutchinson)

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  • The Daily Telegraph jumps on the fashionable “Let’s trash Ricky Gervais” bandwagon.

  • Gervais hits back at a tabloid writer who slagged him off after his set at the Diana concert. “That week I got nominated for four Emmy Awards, sold 100,000 DVDs of Extras and signed up for two Hollywood movies. So bring on the backlash…I want him writing about me every day.”(Digital Spy)
  • Did the crowd boo Gervais at the Diana concert? Watch the video and decide for yourself.
  • In tribute to Beyoncé‘s epic tumble at her Orlando concert, The Times counts down the ten most embarrassing moments in pop music.
  • Model Georgia Frost is the most influential person under 40 in Britain according to Harper’s Bazaar.(Daily Mail)
  • Does this man look like George Michael? The nightclub that allegedly booked him for a show didn’t think so and told him to piss off. Now celebrity impersonator John Kerr is suing.(Evening Standard)
  • Mutya Buena admits she initially wanted to “punch the face” of her Sugababes replacement, singer Amelle Berrahah. “When I saw her face in the newspaper I felt like punching it. I felt betrayed. It felt as if my time in the group had been completely erased. I invested half my life in something that I no longer had. Super for Amelle, she has a great job – mine. We’ll see if and how she manages to fill out my role.” In a catfight, my money’s on Amelle for obvious reasons.
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  • Jarvis Cocker honors late songwriter Lee Hazlewood, writer of “These Boots Were Made For Walkin’.”.(NME)
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Filed Under: Booker Prize, Ricky Gervais
By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.