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UAE Team Emirates at Giro D’Italia

The Tour de France might be the biggest stage race in the world. But for UAE Team Emirates, there’s the sense that the Giro D’Italia, which starts today,…

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The Soul Of An Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Shooting Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1916 – the first motion picture filmed underwater, no less – J Ernest Williamson trembled: “No words can adequately describe the sickening…

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Is the ‘Arabic Booker’ working?

When the International Prize for Arabic Fiction was launched in Abu Dhabi in 2007, its chairman, Jonathan Taylor, said he looked forward to seeing “more high-quality Arabic fiction…

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Raja Alem interview

The National, June 2016 When Raja Alem won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2011 with The Dove’s Necklace, she might have expected that her fascinating exploration into…

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda interview

The National, June 2016 It is not entirely an exaggeration to suggest that Shilpi Somaya Gowda is living the dream. Like so many would-be authors, the Toronto-born child…

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Top Gear Episode 1 Review

The National, May 2016 “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This was new presenter Matt LeBlanc’s attitude to Top Gear when The National asked him how he was getting to grips…

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Five ways Top Gear will be different

The National, May 2016 With Jezza, The Hamster and ­Captain Slow signed up to ­Amazon Prime for a rival motoring ­programme, we look at five ways Top Gear will evolve:…