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The American author Paul Beatty was awarded the £50,000 2016 Man Booker Prize last week for his book The Sellout, a comedic satire on racial politics in the USA.

In other book news:

The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals now have their nominations for the 2017 prize. In total there are 200 works in the nominee pool, including Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman, who has been nominated before but has never won. The eventual longlist will be decided upon in February 2017, and then an eight-strong shortlist in March.

The film director Peter Jackson is to produce an adaptation of the steampunk fantasy Mortal Engines books by Philip Reeves. Set in the future, this dystopian series follows inhabitants of a ravaged and ruined Earth, where cities have been constructed upon mobile machinery, able to roam the landscape to fight for the planet’s dwindling resources.

The Cormoran Strike series of books by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling) are to be turned into a television show courtesy of BBC One, and now American giant HBO have acquired the broadcast rights for it in the States. The Cuckoo’s Calling will become a three-part miniseries, while the second two novels in the series will be two hours each.

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