Good week for:
who became the first American author to win the £50,000 Man Booker Prize with The Sellout, a satire about a disaffected African American who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles. Amanda Foreman, chair of the judging panel, praised the expletive-laden book for managing to “eviscerate every social taboo”.
the silverback gorilla, which – it emerged – managed to down five litres of undiluted blackcurrant squash during his brief bid for freedom. Kumbuka sent London Zoo into lockdown when he got out of his enclosure, and into a keeper’s area.
with news that Oxford University Press plans to credit him as a co-writer on three Shakespeare plays. The publisher said that the dramatist’s contribution to the Henry VI plays had been verified “clearly enough”.
Paul Beatty, Kumbuka, Christopher Marlowe,