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Booker Prize 2020: Douglas Stuart’s novel Shuggie Bain wins

Booker Prize 2020: Douglas Stuart’s novel Shuggie Bain wins

Entertainment
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Jessica Andrews wins Portico Prize for novel about female ‘poetry and power’

Jessica Andrews wins Portico Prize for novel about female ‘poetry and power’

Entertainment
A debut novel exploring the "poetry and power" of the female experience has won a literary award that rewards the best books about the north of England.Saltwater by Jessica Andrews was named the winner of the £10,000 Portico Prize in Manchester on Thursday.Andrews' semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of a young woman who moves from Sunderland to London and then Ireland, just as the author did.The judges called it a "powerful, provocative and poignant tale".Lynne Allan, chair of The Portico Library, said: "It is a tender tribute to women across generations and an important exploration of women's lives today."Other fans include Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, who called it one of the best books she had read "in years...
Deadly Japan fire: Arson suspect said animation studio ‘stole his novel’

Deadly Japan fire: Arson suspect said animation studio ‘stole his novel’

World
By Lucia Binding, news reporter A man suspected of killing 33 people in an arson attack at an animation studio in Japan reportedly started the fire because "he had been plagiarised".According to local media reports, the 41-year-old told police he planned the deadly blaze after the company stole his novel. A witness told reporters that he "seemed to be discontented, he seemed to get angry, shouting something about how he had been plagiarised". Image: Investigators are scouring the building for clues about what happened The blaze in Kyoto is the worst mass killing since a suspected arson attack in Tokyo killed 44 people in 2001.It is believed the suspect shouted "die!" as he poured a liquid, believe...
BBC now filming series based on Irish novel ‘Normal People’

BBC now filming series based on Irish novel ‘Normal People’

Entertainment
June 1 (UPI) -- Filming is underway on a 12-part, modern love story set in Ireland and based on Sally Rooney's novel, Normal People. Daisy Edgar-Jones from Cold Feet and newcomer Paul Mescal are to star in the series, which Room filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson and Howard's End director Hettie McDonald are helming. The show is expected to air via the BBC's platforms in Britain and Europe, and on Hulu in the United States. Rooney wrote the screenplays for the show alongside Alice Birch and Mark O'Rowe. "As a long-time admirer of Lenny Abrahamson's work, it's a special privilege for me to be working alongside him on the adaptation of Normal People. I couldn't be happier with the cast and team we've put together, and I'm very excited to watch them bringing new life to the story on screen," Rooney...
Dandelion seeds use a novel form of flight to get around

Dandelion seeds use a novel form of flight to get around

Science
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Dandelion seeds fly like no other seeds. In fact, the flight mechanism used by dandelions is one-of-a-kind. The white, fluffy parachutes that help dandelion seeds find new soil to colonize are mostly air. But their novel design allow seeds to float through the air for more than half-a-mile. Advanced 3D imaging helped scientists better characterize the bristles that form each parachute. Using micro-fabricated disks, scientists experimented with different levels of porosity to replicate the effects of the parachute's ball of bristles on air flow. Researchers determined a ring-shaped air bubble forms as air passes through the parachute bristles. The air bubble enhances drag, slowing the seeds descent and allowing more time to be carried away by the wind. The air bubble, whi...