Like little stars.
The novels “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” both already won Booker Prizes, but there’s about to be another trophy bestowed upon Hilary Mantel.
The novelist is to receive the Bodley Medal at the Oxford Literary Festival; previous recipients, honored for their services to literature and communications, include Seamus Heaney and P. D. James.
The old-school honor from Britain’s top university comes as Mantel faces criticism for her iconoclastic views. Her piece in the current issue of the London Review of Books describes Kate Middleton as a “shop-window mannequin,” and critics including Prime Minister David Cameron stopped reading before Mantel expressed sympathy for Middleton and urged the nation to allow its Duchess independence.
With the honor from Oxford — though those shouting her down might wish otherwise — Mantel seems yet more entrenched as part of the British cultural landscape.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
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New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.