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Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Vibrant youth culture and a flourishing music scene leap out of the west African photographer’s Peuple de la Nuit, featuring the musicians, dancers and lovers who graced his hometown’s hottest venues Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Young People, Burkina Faso, Clubbing, Art and design books, Ibrahima Sanlé Sory, Peuple de la Nuit


The last of Africa's big tusker elephants – in pictures

Like living relics from a bygone era, the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants roam in a vast, remote wilderness in Kenya. In partnership with the Tsavo Trust NGO and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Will Burrard-Lucas spent months photographing these rare animals. His series of intimate portraits are captured in his book, Land of Giants Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Kenya, Lucas, Tsavo


Egyptian dissident writer Alaa al-Aswany sued by military prosecutors

Bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building says case against him violates Universal Declaration of Human RightsAlaa al-Aswany, the bestselling Egyptian author of The Yacoubian Building, has been sued by military prosecutors in Egypt for “insulting the president, the armed forces and judicial institutions”.According to his French publisher, Actes Sud, the accusations relate to the columns Aswany has published in Deutsche Welle Arabic, and to his latest novel The Republic, As If, which recounts ...
Tags: Books, Human Rights, Protest, Censorship, Fiction, World news, Culture, Egypt, Alaa Al Aswany, Deutsche Welle, Aswany, Actes Sud


Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty Wor...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Art and design, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Nick Brandt, Art and design books


Shortest Way Home review: Pete Buttigieg as president in waiting

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana has written the best political autobiography since Barack ObamaImagine waking up on 4 November 2020 to discover America has elected a man whose knowledge ranges from to the Puritan origins of the phrase “city on the hill” to the details of how to modernize sewers with wi-fi connected sensors. Related: Too much, too young? Mayor could become the first millennial president Continue reading...
Tags: Books, America, World news, US news, Indiana, Culture, Democrats, LGBT rights, South Bend Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, Politics books, US elections 2020, Barack ObamaImagine


Brenton Tarrant, New Zealand Mosque Shooter, Streamed Attack on Facebook Live

A man named Brenton Tarrant used Facebook Live to record himself as he shot up a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand Friday (Mar. 15).While police haven’t released the name of the shooter, a video showing a gunman opening fire at the Al Noor Mosque was published on the page of a man named Brenton Tarrant.#BREAKING: Man allegedly involved in mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand live-streamed shooting rampage on Facebook; still frames are from video I obtained moments ago. pic.twitter.com/Uw...
Tags: Facebook, News, Guns, Australia, World news, New Zealand, Jazz, Breaking News, Mass Shootings, Gun Violence, Facebook Live, Live Stream, Trending, New Zealand Herald, Christchurch New Zealand, Disturbing


A Line in the River by Jamal Mahjoub review – Khartoum, city of memory

The novelist rediscovers the Sudanese city where he grew upNovelist Jamal Mahjoub’s mother had a comfortable, middle-class English upbringing. His father was from Sudan; “born in a house of mud bricks”, he “received only a rudimentary education”. They met in London and married in 1955, breaking “centuries of taboo”: a black man marrying a white woman.Mahjoub grew up in his father’s city of Khartoum, which, like the rest of Sudan, “is not one city at all, but fractured”. Built at the confluence o...
Tags: Books, London, Africa, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Sudan, Autobiography and memoir, Paperbacks, Darfur, Khartoum, White Niles, Mahjoub, Politics books, Jamal Mahjoub


‘We spoke English to set ourselves apart’: how I rediscovered my mother tongue

While I was growing up in Nigeria, my parents deliberately never spoke their native Igbo language to us. But later it became an essential part of me. By Adaobi Tricia NwaubaniWhen I was a child, my great-grandmother, whom we called Daa, came to live with my family in Umuahia in south-eastern Nigeria. My father had spent most of his infancy in her care, mostly during a period when his mother was preoccupied with her role as one of the founders of a local Assemblies of God church. As Daa grew olde...
Tags: Books, Education, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Language, Languages, Umuahia, Adaobi Tricia NwaubaniWhen


Michelle Obama: how the former first lady soared to 'rock star' status

Her memoir, Becoming, sold 1.4m copies in its first week and paves the way for a sparkling post-White House careerNo one could accuse Michelle Obama of lingering in her husband’s shadow. But few expected her to emerge as America’s queen of non-fiction.Far from being a mere postscript to her White House years, the former US first lady’s memoir, Becoming, has proved a literary phenomenon and turning point in her career, dominating bestseller lists and filling stadiums during a promotional tour. An...
Tags: Books, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Culture, Michelle Obama, Michelle Mania


Netflix to adapt One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Streaming giant buys rights to create first ever screen adaptation of Colombian author’s seminal 1967 magical realist novel Netflix has acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s seminal One Hundred Years of Solitude to create the first screen adaptation of the author’s 1967 masterpiece.The streaming company announced on Wednesday that the book will be adapted into a Spanish-language series and filmed largely in the Nobel prize-winning author’s home country of Colombia, with García Márquez’...
Tags: Books, Media, Film, World news, Colombia, Netflix, Culture, Gabriel García Márquez, Garcia Marquez, Rodrigo Garcia, Gonzalo García Barcha


Nobel prize in literature to be awarded twice this year

The Swedish Academy will award both the 2018 and 2019 laureates, after a sexual misconduct scandal forced them to postpone the prize in 2018 Two Nobel prizes in literature will be awarded this year by the Swedish Academy, according to a report from a Swedish newspaper.Last year’s award was withheld for the first time since 1949 after the august institution which decides on the winner, was hit with a sexual misconduct scandal. Following a meeting of the foundation on Tuesday, Dagens Nyheter repor...
Tags: Europe, Books, Sweden, World news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Nobel Prize In Literature, Anders Olsson, Dagens Nyheter, Swedish Academy


Clintons accused of nepotism in book on US-Ireland relations

Exclusive: Policy adviser claims couple tried to gain grant for Chelsea’s boyfriendA veteran Democratic foreign policy adviser has accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of nepotism, dishonesty and vindictiveness in an assault on a previously untouched part of the Clinton political legacy – Ireland.Trina Vargo, who was a behind-the-scenes Washington player in Northern Ireland’s peace process, claims the couple tried to obtain a scholarship to Ireland for a boyfriend of their daughter, Chelsea, and lat...
Tags: Europe, Books, Washington, Barack Obama, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Ireland, US politics, Chelsea, Bill Clinton, Northern Ireland, Bill


Guantánamo Diary author 'blocked from travelling for medical treatment'

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was released from Guantánamo Bay in 2016 after 14 years in detention without charge, has been refused a passport to leave Mauritania Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the author of an internationally bestselling memoir that detailed the torture he endured as a detainee in Guantánamo Bay, says he has been denied a passport by Mauritania, the country of his birth, three years after he was released from the US detention centre.The writer is petitioning Mauritania’s minister of the int...
Tags: Books, Guantanamo Bay, Africa, US, World news, US news, Culture, Mauritania, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantanamo Slahi, Guantanamo Diary, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, Ould Abdallah


War doctor David Nott: ‘The adrenaline was overpowering’

As his book detailing his time volunteering in Sarajevo, Gaza, Syria and beyond is published, the NHS surgeon talks about what it takes to work in a war zone• Read an extract from David Nott’s book War DoctorWhat first inspired you to become a war doctor?Two things. The first was Roland Joffé’s film The Killing Fields, which had a huge impact on me when I saw it as a trainee surgeon. There is a scene in a hospital in Phnom Penh, overrun with patients, where a surgeon has to deal with a shrapnel ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, World news, Syria, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, NHS, Gaza, Doctors, Autobiography and memoir, Phnom Penh, Sarajevo, Roland Joffe, David Nott


James K Baxter: venerated poet's letters about marital rape rock New Zealand

Collection of writings just released includes references to rape of then-wife Jackie Sturm, herself an acclaimed poet and authorA new collection of letters from one of New Zealand’s most significant poets, James K Baxter, that includes a blunt admission of marital rape is causing shockwaves through the literary community.Baxter died in Auckland in 1972 but remains one of New Zealand’s literary giants. He achieved international attention in the late 1950s after Oxford University Press published h...
Tags: Books, Poetry, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Auckland, Baxter, Oxford University Press, James K Baxter, Jackie Sturm


In a Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt by Emma Sky – review

The former political adviser dines with sheikhs and stays with ambassadors to grasp how a generation let down the Middle EastWhen the Arab spring spread across the Middle East eight years ago, many observers were filled with optimism. Years of sclerotic dictatorship were over, repressive regimes would fall, a wave of progressive politics would sweep across the region. But this was always unlikely, as the more astute commentators made clear at the time. Many of the authoritarian states remained s...
Tags: Books, Iraq, World news, Iran, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Emma Sky, Politics books, Tunisia Egypt Syria Saudi Arabia


The Threat review: Andrew McCabe FBI memoir aims at 'mob boss' Trump

Like his former superior James Comey, the fired deputy director offers a withering portrait of the Goodfellas presidentCriminal investigations of Trump World and the 2016 presidential campaign continue unabated. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have placed the president’s inaugural committee and the Trump Organization in their crosshairs. News is rife with talk of subpoenas and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act – or Rico. Related: Rosenstein did not want to write memo just...
Tags: Books, Republicans, World news, US news, Fbi, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, US politics, Manhattan, US elections 2016, Donald Trump, James Comey, Trump, Comey, Trump Organization, Rosenstein


'An insult': French writers outraged by festival's use of 'sub-English' words

Prominent writers including Leila Slimani have spoken out against the Salon du Livre in Paris’s use of phrases including ‘young adult’, a ‘bookquizz’ and ‘le live’A celebration of the “Scène Young Adult” at the Salon du Livre in Paris next month has drawn the condemnation of dozens of French authors and intellectuals, who have described the adoption of English terminology as an “unbearable act of cultural delinquency”.The proliferation of English words on display at the book fair, where the “scè...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, World news, Culture, Paris, Children and teenagers, Marie NDiaye, Catherine Millet, Leïla Slimani, Muriel Barbery, Salon du Livre, Leïla Slimani Tahar Ben Jelloun


Leave Brigitte Macron alone. We French need to lay off our first ladies | Agnès Poirier

France has long loved the idea of a powerful woman pulling the strings of the presidentIt’s almost a ritual. In France, it takes only a few months after the election of a new president for essays, pamphlets, picture albums, novels even, about the great man’s political ideas – but also his “true” or “hidden” personal story – to start flooding bookshops. More surprisingly, and perhaps more revealingly, France’s first ladies get a similar treatment.Although Emmanuel Macron has been in power for onl...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, UK News, World news, Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte, Brigitte Macron, Agnès Poirier, Biography books, Les Macron


'Identity is a pain in the arse': Zadie Smith on political correctness

Author questions role of social media in policing personal development, during Hay Cartagena sessionThe writer Zadie Smith laid into identity politics in a headline session at the 14th Hay Cartagena festival, insisting that novelists had not only a right, but a duty to be free.Asked how she felt about cultural appropriation, on Friday she told an audience of nearly 2,000 at the festival in Colombia: “If someone says to me: ‘A black girl would never say that,’ I’m saying: ‘How can you possibly kn...
Tags: Books, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Colombia, Culture, Festivals, Identity politics, Hay Festival, Zadie Smith, Cartagena, Hay Cartagena


JD Salinger's unseen writings to be published, family confirms

Exclusive: The Catcher in the Rye author’s son tells the Guardian estate will publish ‘all of what he wrote’ over next decadeMatt Salinger: ‘My father was writing for 50 years without publishing. That’s a lot of material’JD Salinger’s son has confirmed for the first time that the late author of The Catcher in the Rye wrote a significant amount of work that has never been seen, and that he and his father’s widow are “going as fast as we freaking can” to get it ready for publication.Salinger died ...
Tags: Books, Fiction, World news, US news, Culture, New Hampshire, Short Stories, Rye, Salinger, Cornish, JD Salinger, Holden Caulfield


Let Me Finish review: Everybody hates Chris Christie – and he hates Jared Kushner

The former New Jersey governor spares Donald Trump but lashes out at everyone else. The result is a political tour de farceChris Christie failed to a win a single delegate in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, and garnered less than 1% of the votes cast in the GOP primary. He then left the New Jersey governor’s mansion with a 14% approval rating. Let Me Finish, his bombshell of a book, could just as easily have been titled Everybody Hates Chris. Related: Chris Christ...
Tags: Books, Chris Christie, Republicans, World news, US news, Culture, Gop, US politics, New Jersey, US elections 2016, Donald Trump, Christie, Trump Administration, Jared Kushner, Politics books


Europe 'coming apart before our eyes', say 30 top intellectuals

Group of historians and writers publish manifesto warning against rise of populismFight for Europe - or the wreckers will destroy itLiberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Brexit and nationalists look set to make sweeping gains in EU parliamentary elections.The group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers, including the Guardian...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, France, Germany, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Brexit, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie


Short story in 1894 journal may be lost James Connolly play

Academics believe story about Scottish dockworkers strike was written by Irish republicanAn anonymous short story centred on a 19th-century Scottish dockworkers strike could solve the mystery of a lost play by the Irish republican James Connolly, academics believe.No script has ever been found of the missing play, The Agitator’s Wife, which was first alluded to in a 1935 memoir by Connolly’s daughter Nora. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Books, Scotland, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Connolly, James Connolly, Nora Continue


Oyinkan Braithwaite’s serial-killer thriller: would you help your murderer sister?

The Nigerian author’s darkly comic debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, has become a literary sensation. She explains her struggle with the moral ambiguity of her writingWhen Oyinkan Braithwaite sent an early draft of her debut novel to a few friends, one of them told her it was the best thing she had ever written. “I was offended,” Braithwaite says, her voice heavy with irony. “I knew how I had written it.” She might not have thought much of it at the time, but this quick draft ended up u...
Tags: Books, UK, Fiction, Nigeria, Africa, US, World news, Culture, Braithwaite, Oyinkan Braithwaite


Barbie's turning 60 – in pictures

She is 60 this year and still doesn’t have a single wrinkle! Blonde or brunette, slender or curvy, black or white, princess or president, Barbie is a forever favourite for young girls, even if she has caused controversy over the years Continue reading...
Tags: Toys, Life and style, World news, US news, Barbie


Stephen Fry and PEN urge UAE to free Ahmed Mansoor ahead of book festival

In a letter to the Guardian, authors and activists draw attention to plight of jailed human rights activistStephen Fry is among a range of signatories, including British MPs and campaign groups, to a letter calling for the release of jailed Emirati human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor.The letter to the Guardian comes as a spotlight falls on the authors planning to attend this year’s Emirates Airline festival of literature in Dubai, tickets for which went on sale at the weekend. Continue reading.....
Tags: Books, Human Rights, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Stephen Fry, Freedom Of Speech, Pen, Uae, Literary Festivals, Antony Beevor, Ahmed Mansoor, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum


'It felt as if we had landed on the moon': Malala Yousafzai on life in the UK

In this extract from We Are Displaced, a collection of true stories by girls seeking refuge, Yousafzai recalls settling in Birmingham after being shot by the TalibanAs I walked out of the hospital to start my new life – nearly three months after I was airlifted to England from Pakistan to save my life – the first thing I felt was a cold that cut through the purple parka someone had given me. It was two sizes too big, and I felt like a small doll. The frigid air crept down my neck and up my sleev...
Tags: Books, UK, England, World news, Culture, Pakistan, Refugees, Malala Yousafzai, Birmingham, Islamabad, Yousafzai


'Prisoner of my tastes': French author defends remarks about women over 50

Yann Moix says he feels no need to apologise for telling interviewer he was ‘incapable’ of loving women in their 50sThe French author and television presenter who claimed he could not love any woman over the age of 50 has said he has no regrets over his remarks that caused widespread outrage.Yann Moix, 50, who is promoting his latest book, Rompre, said his personal preferences in women were his own business and he was only being honest. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, World news, Culture, Yann Moix, Rompre


'Vanquished white male': Houellebecq's new novel predicts French discontent

Enfant terrible awarded Légion d’honneur as ‘scathing, visionary’ novel Serotonin is releasedHe is idolised as France’s biggest literary export, a controversial poet-provocateur who holds up a mirror to the grim truths of contemporary France.So when Michel Houellebecq’s long-awaited novel, Serotonin, hit French bookstores on Friday morning with a massive print run of 320,000 copies, translations in several countries, and the author for the first time staying silent and refusing any interviews or...
Tags: Europe, Books, Protest, France, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Culture, Michel Houellebecq, Charlie Hebdo attack, Charlie Hebdo, Houellebecq



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