Kit de Waal: Writings very solitary you do it because you want to find readers

The acclaimed novelist on how her working-class roots inform her writing and her food choices When My Name is Leon, was published to proper acclaim three years ago, she happened to mention in an interview how few writers from her kind of background there were in Britain. That comment was…

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The 50 best songs about Europe ranked!

Brexit is delayed so voyager avec nous on a trans-European tour of music, from Paris to Berlin via Finistre. Tout le monde bord! 50. Lloyd Cole and the CommotionsLost Weekend (1985) Poor old Lloyd went to Amsterdam and all he got was double pneumonia in a single room. And, by…

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Smooth, angry, cool, powerful: how we talk about blackness

Teacher and writer Jeffrey Boakye has encountered endless labels all of which have informed his experience of being black and British today. Here, he unpicks their meanings BLACK Ive been black since about 1988, when I was colouring in pictures of priests at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic primary school in…

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