Summer is the perfect time to dive into some challenging reading. Long lazy days and warm evenings are ideal for books that require a bit of focus and extended periods of reading to suck you in.
The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is a literary prize worth paying attention to. It selects the best fiction from around the world and rewards the unsung heros of the publishing world – the translators – as well as the authors. The £ 10,000 prize money is shared between the author and the translator.
One of my favourite books, and indeed authors, Americanah by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has just won the National Book Critics Circle’s fiction award, a prestigious American literary prize.
A Boston-based technology company has invented an App, called Spritz, which makes it possible to read an astonishing 1000 words per minute. A typical novel, around 90,000 words or 360 pages, would take 90 minutes to read using Spritz.