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Neil Gaiman has landed a deal to write a book of Norse mythology, due to be published in February 2017. It will be a collection of adapted versions of Old Norse legends, including gods, humans, dwarves and the apocalyptic Ragnarok.

In other book news:

Margaret Atwood has been named the winner of the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize, which will be awarded this October in London at the British Library.

Gay Talese, an American non-fiction writer who made a career for himself as a literary journalist, has faced controversy since late last week over claims that his upcoming book, ostensibly a true story, is riddled with incorrect information and false reports. The Voyeur’s Motel tells of Gerald Foos, a man who bought and ran a motel for the express purpose of spying on his guests through peepholes and a hidden viewing platform.

The English poet Geoffrey Hill, formerly the Oxford professor of poetry between 2010 and 2015, died on 30 June, at 84 years old.

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