BOOKS

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…

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…