BOOKS

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GOLLANCZ’S 50 YEARS OF SCI-FI

Over the past 50 years, publishing house Gollancz has been responsible for some of the most exciting, groundbreaking and best-selling science fiction and fantasy writing, everything from JG…

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BANIPAL 42

In the last few years I’ve come across loads of excellent writing from the Arab world. Partly because of my job, partly because I think there’s a renaissance…

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NICHOLSON BAKER REVIEW

The best thing about reviewing for The Observer – ok, not the best thing, the most amusing thing – is that you suddenly become fair game for the…

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SEBASTIAN BARRY INTERVIEW

As the Booker prize approaches, I’m making my way through the shortlist. And as much as I’ve enjoyed the likes of Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues, I can’t help…

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Mohammed Hanif interview

A Case Of Exploding Mangoes was one of those breakout hits, a strangely witty tale about a presidential assassination featuring a walk on role for Osama Bin Laden…