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.
22 January 2015 03:00 PM
In 1997, when Granta published its anthology India! The Golden Jubilee, the world was at a very different place. The Satanic Verses had "happened" just under a decade ago; Arundhati Roy won the Booker prize a few months after her contribution to Granta; the work of VS Naipaul, Vikram Seth and Anita Desai had helped to formulate a new genre of subcontinental writing in the English language that had proved to be so critically successful in the West. And there they all were, contributing to Granta.
22 January 2015 12:12 PM
Poor Daisy Goodwin, who might or might not have lost her half-written novel in a house fire this week. But at least she’s in good company, despite her appalling loss. She figures in the pantheon of writers whose creative juices have flowed for nought.
15 January 2015 04:00 PM
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Week in Books
11 January 2015 12:00 AM
08 January 2015 03:32 PM
Suffragettes are currently having a moment. Another moment, in fact. There is Up the Women on BBC2 and Sophia on page 21 for anyone interested in revisionist social history, but one woman in particular will command all our attentions because this is the year that Meryl Streep resuscitates Emmeline Pankhurst on celluloid. If Streep pulled off the dazzling feat of theatrical illusion that made us look back on Thatcherism with dewy-eyed fondness, then I expect the modern-day beatification of Ms Pankhurst Senior to be imminent.
07 January 2015 03:04 PM
Royal Albert Hall, London
02 January 2015 08:00 AM
Your guide to the books that you won't be able to put down this year
22 December 2014 12:00 PM
From the best debut fiction to literary and celebrity memoirs, our reviewers select their pick of this year's crop...
Short stories revived: They are back in fashion, as established, and fledging, writers return to the form
18 December 2014 12:43 PM
Aesthetica magazine writing competition
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