Book review: Once Upon a Time There Was a Traveller Edited by Kate Pullinger
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Saturday 10 August 2013
These "Asham award-winning stories" by women are themed around travel.
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