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The Jhalak Prize, Britain’s award set up to celebrate marginalized and BAME writers, was won last week by Jacob Ross, for his crime novel The Bone Readers, which follows a police officer named Diggers working on a small Caribbean island. It is the first in a proposed quartet of books, titled the Camaho Quartet.

In other book news:

Derek Walcott, the award-winning poet and playwright, died this past week at the age of 87. The Nobel Prize and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant-winning Caribbean writer was an influential figure in literature of the last half-century.

The premise of New Zealand author Eleanor Catton’s new book has been revealed. Birnam Wood is an apocalyptic story and psychological thriller, which pits super-wealthy weapon-bearing citizens in rural New Zealand against a band of locals in a fight for survival as the world turns on the bring of ecological disaster – a far cry from Catton’s award-winning epic The Luminaries.

Richard Flanagan, author of the hugely successful 2014 novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, will have a new novel out this year, titled First Person. This will be released in the UK in November 2017.

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