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Khaled Khalifa favourite for “Arab Booker”

The National, February 2014 The award-winning Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa is the obvious favourite for the seventh International Prize For Arabic Fiction, as judges announced an intriguing shortlist…

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Ken Kalfus interview

The National, January 2014 Is there life on Mars? While H G Wells, C S Lewis and the cult 1996 B-movie Mars Attacks! might have enjoyably proposed the presence of…

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Claire Messud interview

The National, November 2013 “How angry am I? You don’t want to know. Nobody wants to know about that.” The very first line of Claire Messud’s The Woman…

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FATIMA BHUTTO INTERVIEW

The National, December 2013 Fatima Bhutto is staring out of the window of her publisher’s office. The view down the Thames is remarkable. But Benazir Bhutto’s niece –…

Howard Goodall's Story of Music

The Story Of Music by Howard Goodall

The Observer, October 2013 There is a fascinating point made on the very first page of Howard Goodall‘s snappily written journey through 40,000 years of music. Until the late 19th…

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Outsider II by Brian Sewell

When celebrated art critic Brian Sewell waded into a debate on the state of modern television this summer, in the eccentrically pompous way that only Brian Sewell can, he made a speech…