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Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Observer, September 2017 In the perfectly paced, middle-aged, middle-class drama that completes Jeffrey Eugenides’s first collection of short stories, a famous physics professor “watches his life implode”…

Munich by Robert Harris

The Observer, September 2017 It’s one of the defining – and in hindsight humiliating – images of the 20th century: Neville Chamberlain stepping off the plane from Munich…

Kamila Shamsie on Booker-longlisted Home Fire

The National, September 2017 As openings to novels go, it doesn’t get more contemporary or urgent than the striking first pages of Kamila Shamsie’s new, Booker longlisted novel…

The secret design diaries of Dubai

Vision, August 2017 In a city full of iconic buildings, it takes something special to stand out. Designs for Dubai’s superstructures have continually pushed the boundaries, from the…

Fahrelnissa Zeid at Tate Modern

The National, July 2017 One of Fahrelnissa Zeid’s former students is trying to explain the ­artist’s legacy. “She was the East and the West, combined in harmony,” the…