Ben East

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

The National, June 2017 It is always a huge challenge to write a novel about musicians. There are, after all, enough you-couldn’t-make-this-up real-world tales of rapid success, failure…

Sabrina Mahfouz interview

The National, May 2017 Sometimes a book arrives at exactly the right time. The day after the suicide bombing in Manchester, I’m talking to Sabrina Mahfouz, the editor…

A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi

The National, May 2017 In the aftermath of ISIL-inspired attacks, there are stories we hear far too often. Of young people growing up in the West becoming increasingly…

Andrew Wilson on his Agatha Christie novel

The National, May 2017 It remains Agatha Christie’s biggest unsolved mystery. The year was 1926, and the “Queen of Crime” had just published one of her finest detective…

Laline Paull explains Bees follow-up The Ice

The National, May 2017 “I have been there and, believe me, I have been afraid.” This was how the first African-American Arctic explorer, Matthew Henson, described his expeditions…