Essays

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Black and Female by Tsitsi Dangarembga review – a woman’s defiant fight to write
The Zimbabwean author celebrates the act of artistic creation while exploring the colonial, racial and gender biases she has faced

Bidisha Mamata

14, Aug, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Animal Joy by Nuar Alsadir review – is laughter the best medicine?
Joining the dots between Ali G and Nietzsche, the poet and psychoanalyst’s unguarded exploration of laughter will leave readers enlightened and emboldened

Hephzibah Anderson

08, Aug, 2022 @9:00 AM

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David Hare: ‘There is an awful lot of pious theatre at the moment’
The playwright on branching out into poetry, contemporaries he admires and his need to challenge audiences’ beliefs

Matthew Reisz

06, Aug, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Black and Female by Tsitsi Dangarembga​​​​ review – a study in the power of words
The Zimbabwean writer and film-maker’s nonfiction debut weaves the personal and the political to arresting effect

Aamna Mohdin

03, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Ghosts of My Life by Mark Fisher – ferociously intelligent cultural insights
The late writer and academic has become a hero of leftwing criticism and this reissued essay collection amply demonstrates why

Rob Doyle

25, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser review – frank and funny essays on doomed romances
This collection’s relentless focus on one person’s pursuit of intimacy invites us to redefine what a love story is

Hephzibah Anderson

19, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Managing Expectations by Minnie Driver audiobook review – refreshingly candid
From childhood holidays to encounters with sexism … the actor narrates these autobiographical essays with humour and verve

Fiona Sturges

15, Jul, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Sound Within Sound by Kate Molleson review – a challenge to the gatekeepers of classical music
This clever and compelling collection of essays sings the praises of 10 thrilling artists whose work has been excluded from the classical canon

Jude Rogers

04, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Summer reading: the 30 best holiday reads – chosen by authors and critics
Novelists including Johny Pitts, Monica Ali and Nina Stibbe – plus Observer critics – on their essential holiday books

02, Jul, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Frank Moorhouse, Australian author and essayist, dies aged 83
Admirers pay tribute to writer best known for the Edith trilogy after death in Sydney hospital

Sian Cain

27, Jun, 2022 @12:35 AM

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Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris – lockdown, loss and dentistry
The writer’s affable misanthropy and self-deprecation are on display in a new set of reflections on life and death

Houman Barekat

01, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri review – the sanctuary of language
The novelist’s collection of essays on translation only hint at what led her to take refuge in Italian

John Self

22, May, 2022 @12:00 PM

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