– A lot of ceremonial daggers were handed out a few nights ago to some lucky people, but no need to panic though, as these were for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, which took place on the 24th October. Roger Hobbs Ghostman won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award, Derek B Miller’s Norwegian by Night took home the John Creasey New Blood Dagger Prize, Mick Herron won the Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Dead Lions, and Malcolm MacKay won a new award – the Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read – for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter.
– In honour of Donna Tartt’s highly anticipated new release The Goldfinch, SFgate have compiled a list of authors and their notable ‘uniforms’: in other words, writers who look the same in every. single. photo. SFgate
– What do the Karenins, the Lamberts, and the Fangs all have in common? A Buzzfeed list! Hoorah for them. Take a look at this collection of the 24 most dysfunctional families in literature, and try and think of any more you might like to add. Buzzfeed
– Some books can be so highly regarded at their debut that they catapult their authors to instant fame, others are slow burners which take their time weaving their way into the collective imagination. Either way, the writer who spent months, even years, breathing life into these pages will discover consolation in finding their efforts finally receiving notice and acclaim, or even knowing that their words have been read or heard by a small number of people. Sometimes this is not the case however, as tragedy still strikes at forever inopportune times. Shortlist have gathered together 30 of the greatest works to have been published posthumously, from the diary of Anne Frank, to Virginia Woolf, to Stieg Larsson – this list is well worth a look. Shortlist
– The finalists for the T S Eliot prize have been revealed. Anne Carson, Daljit Nagra and Michael Symmons Roberts are some of the poets up for the £15,000 award, which will be announced on 13th January 2014