Novelist Jonathan Coe has won the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize for his biography of B.S. Johnson.
Martin Amis recently hosted a reading of his Miramax-bankrolled, but ultimately shelved, screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. (Third item.)
In the current NYRB, Diane Johnson pinpoints shared characteristics of scholars’ approaches to Austen’s life and work. “The impulse to know personally this elusive, even mysterious, writer has led critics to approach her work in mostly biographical or historical ways, often in defiance of other critical fashions, especially the various formal approaches that have dominated modern literary criticism.”
According to the UK Times, June tends to be “the cruellest month” in the British literary world, but not this year.