Well, we’ve certainly hit the ground running in 2018, with some fabulous fresh projects to bring in the New Year. 

Two among them are Scott Mead’s Above the Clouds (read more here) and ArteVue (read more here). Both, in their very different ways, invite you to look at things differently – whether that be the view from a plane or the work of a young, emerging artist.

Long-term clients remain every bit as important to us of course. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction, now into its second decade, announced its longlist last week; it continues to be one of the most influential awards in raising awareness of Arabic literature worldwide. Read more here

Meantime the Man Booker Prize is celebrating its 50th anniversary with year-long celebrations and a campaign to introduce the finest fiction to new audiences worldwide.  The Booker Prize Foundation, with sponsorship from Man Group, is running a range of global activities. Don't miss the flagship festival, in partnership with Southbank Centre, in early July.

We have also teamed up with literary festivals across the world for 2018 to bring the celebrations to a global audience. Michael Ondaatje, joint winner of the 1992 prize for The English Patient, was at the Jaipur Literary Festival last week, while Fiona Mozley, shortlisted last year for Elmet, appeared at the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias. Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries, will appear at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago in April while Margaret Atwood, who won in 2000 for The Blind Assassin, will be at Hay-on-Wye in May.

I am celebrating my own Man Booker anniversary this year – astonishingly it is the 25th anniversary of my working on the prize!  To celebrate I have decided to join Nisha, who joined us as a graduate in 2016, in reading every winner on the list. All 51 of them…!   And I have, I hope, persuaded Jonathan Taylor, now President of the Booker Prize Foundation, to join us. Jonathan was with Booker when the prize was first launched so all three of us will have very different perspectives on the project. 

So my January challenge to you is to join the three of us and many other readers in reading the lot!  Hannah tells you here how to join the #ManBooker50 Challenge and become part of the conversation! 

So far I have read five….  Only forty six to go! 

More news on that next month – and meantime all the best