Monica Ali

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From stand-in stars to tech titans: The Observer’s faces to watch in 2022
We look at who will be making headlines this year, in both a positive and negative light

Toby Helm, Robin McKie, Vanessa Thorpe, Simon Tisdall, Barry Glendenning, Suzanne Wrack, Priya Elan, Ian Tucker, Wendy Ide and Barbara Ellen

02, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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British Book awards balance art and selling power to decide best writer in 30 years
Novelists rub shoulders with presidents, chefs, comedians and thriller megastars on longlist to define the title with the biggest impact on the book world

Alison Flood

14, Feb, 2020 @6:01 AM

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Impossible times for political novels | Letters
Letters: Peter Taylor-Gooby and Doug Sandle respond to Dorian Lynskey’s article on the death of the political novel

Letters

28, Aug, 2019 @4:15 PM

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Judi Dench: 'Practical support is just as important as the name on the letterhead'
Charity trustees Dame Judi Dench, Maxine Peake, writer Monica Ali and presenter Katie Piper tell us what they’ve learned from their chosen causes

15, Nov, 2017 @7:23 AM

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Writers call on David Cameron to stop Turkey's crackdown on freedom of speech
PEN campaign comes ahead of meeting between Cameron and Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, after growing persecution of writers in Turkey

David Batty

15, Jan, 2016 @10:12 AM

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Leading writers hope to shift refugee debate with crowdfunded anthology
Monica Ali, William Boyd and Marina Lewycka among the authors recruited with aim of shifting public perspectives

Alison Flood

04, Sep, 2015 @1:20 PM

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Guardian first book award: 16 years of talent-spotting
As nominations for 2015 open, it’s a good time to remember that the prize isn’t just the sum of its winners but of all the shortlisted stars of the future

Claire Armitstead

12, May, 2015 @4:25 PM

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Leviathan wins best film at the London film festival awards
Actor Sameena Jabeen Ahmed and documentary Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait also honoured as director Stephen Frears given BFI fellowship

Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent

18, Oct, 2014 @11:11 PM

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Black British writers: we're more than just Zadie Smith and Monica Ali | Irenosen Okojie
Irenosen Okojie: Our publishing industry seems to champion just one or two black and Asian authors at a time. Lack of diversity is a real problem

Irenosen Okojie

23, Mar, 2014 @2:53 PM

100 leading figures urge newspaper publishers to accept royal charter

Declaration signed by host of famous names in arts, film and broadcasting

Roy Greenslade

29, Nov, 2013 @9:06 AM

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Cover girls: this year's book jacket fashions

As the London Book Fair showcases this year's literary trends, we showcase the latest must-have looks

john dugdale

15, Apr, 2013 @3:38 PM

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Granta's class of 2013: picking the 20 best young British novelists
Howls of outrage are bound to accompany next month's list. Here Alex Clark, former Granta editor and veteran of the judging panel, reads between the lines

Alex Clark

17, Mar, 2013 @12:05 AM

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