Nobel and Hughes

Ted Hughes' 'The Birthday Letters' (1998) detail his relationship with first wife, fellow poet Sylvia Path, who killed herself. Yet now, in his documents that were donated to the British Library, drafts of a poem 'Last Letter' chart what happened during the three days that lead up to Plath's death. The poem will appear in this week's New Statesman.

Whilst waiting for news of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature, bookies have apparently got the following as contenders:

Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Petals of Blood and much more), Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men etc), Haruki Murakami (Wind up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore etc).
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