Monique Roffey

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The best books about islands, from Wide Sargasso Sea to Dark Matter
Author Kiran Millwood Hargrave picks her favourites, including Monique Roffey’s fabulist Caribbean and Madeline Miller’s witch banished by Zeus

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

23, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Monique Roffey: ‘William Golding’s The Inheritors gave me ideas for how I could write a mermaid’
The Costa winner on the James Baldwin novel she most cherishes, devouring Willard Price adventures as a child, and the sex scene she wishes she had written

Monique Roffey

09, Jul, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Dreaming of a better future? Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell and more on books to inspire change
As our thoughts turn to life after the pandemic, authors from this year’s Hay festival choose books that have inspired lasting change in them

Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell, Imbolo Mbue, Sathnam Sanghera, Alice Roberts, Guvna B, Horatio Clare, Val McDermid, Kehinde Andrews, Jon McGregor, Tahmima Anam, Nina Stibbe, Hafsa Zayyan, Maaza Mengiste, Monique Roffey, Peter Scott-Morgan, Hollie McNish, Mel Giedroyc and Maggie Shipstead

29, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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On my radar: Monique Roffey's cultural highlights
The Costa-winning author on enjoying Sade with a glass of wine, Line of Duty and why the Caribbean’s female writers need to be heard

Kadish Morris

20, Mar, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Monique Roffey leads strong showing for indies on Rathbones Folio shortlist
The Costa winner is up for award honouring the best work of literature regardless of genre, alongside many other titles from small presses

Alison Flood

10, Feb, 2021 @7:20 PM

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'I'm flabbergasted': Monique Roffey on women, whiteness and winning the Costa
The Mermaid of Black Conch’s author explains why she expected ‘a quiet life’ for the formally daring, magical realist novel that has been declared book of the year

Claire Armitstead

27, Jan, 2021 @1:00 PM

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'Utterly original' Monique Roffey wins Costa book of the year
The Mermaid of Black Conch takes £30,000 award for 2020’s most enjoyable book, acclaimed by judges a classic in the making

Alison Flood

26, Jan, 2021 @7:30 PM

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Lee Lawrence’s memoir of his mother’s shooting by police wins Costa award
The Louder I Will Sing wins best biography, with other prizes including best novel for Monique Roffey and posthumous poetry honour for Eavan Boland

Alison Flood

04, Jan, 2021 @7:30 PM

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DBC Pierre’s smartphone era novel leads Goldsmiths prize shortlist
Meanwhile in Dopamine City, which is told in two columns to mimic our divided attention, is one of six finalists for the award for ‘fiction at its most novel’

Alison Flood

14, Oct, 2020 @7:00 PM

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The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey review – a fishy tale of doomed womanhood
Magical touches blend with precise realism in this bittersweet tale of a mermaid trying to put the sea behind her

Anthony Cummins

11, May, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Kei Miller essay about white women sparks tensions among Caribbean writers
Miller’s essay has been withdrawn after divisive reception, but supporters say it is part of a necessary conversation about race and privilege

Joshua Surtees in Trinidad and Alison Flood

02, May, 2018 @3:19 PM

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Small indie publishers report booming sales
In a sector that has struggled elsewhere, figures for 60 of the smallest players in the UK industry show sales up 79% in the last year

Danuta Kean

20, Nov, 2017 @11:23 AM

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