Ben East

House Of Names by Colm Tóibín

The National, May 2017 As opening lines go, “I have been acquainted with the smell of death”, is about as intriguing as it gets. But then, in his…

Abdulrazak Gurnah on new novel Gravel Heart

The National, May 2017 It barely seems believable in our 21st-century, always-connected culture, but when Abdulrazak Gurnah’s mother died, the Zanzibar-born, Booker Prize-shortlisted author did not find it…

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

  The National, May 2017 It is, without question, the most eagerly awaited novel of the year. Paula Hawkins has been the very definition of a publishing sensation…

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,…

Spoils by Brian Van Reet

The National, April 2017 America’s infamous military campaigns in Iraq are steadily being picked apart through literature, and they rarely make for happy reading, even if the books…

How To Be Human by Paula Cocozza

The National, April 2017 In Gulf folk tales, the fox is a trickster. In the West, the mammal, which roams so many city settings, is nearly always described…

Jon McGregor interview

The National, April 2017 It has all the ingredients of a classic crime drama. A 13-year-old girl on holiday disappears on a lonely, wintry English moor. The tight-knit rural…

Omar El Akkad on debut American War

The National, April 2017 Rising sea levels have swept away the southern coast of the United States. South Carolina is surrounded by a wall to prevent a virus…