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 is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
18 October 2013 07:00 PM
For all the slang and swagger, this bold new version of the Hindu epic keeps its moral core intact
11 October 2013 07:00 PM
And in defence of 'virtuous' women
11 October 2013 07:00 PM
This collection does not deal with fresh scars but the unfading memories that, decades later, are still seared into a landscape, and a soul.
10 October 2013 06:32 PM
Leave it out, Rodney! Actually, next time why not leave it in?
04 October 2013 07:00 PM
"Everything started with sound", Byrne reminds us. "In the beginning was the Word."
02 October 2013 12:00 AM
Iain Banks' cult novel is the unlikely source for a new show at Covent Garden
01 October 2013 08:54 PM
Former maths teacher’s recollection of an unorthodox lesson was a ‘delight’ for judges
29 September 2013 05:09 PM
As the Tate opens a show of vandalised art, Arifa Akbar visits the secret lock-up that is home to the nation's damaged masterpieces
27 September 2013 07:00 PM
Herzog, a young writer, is struggling to fend off poverty when Ganna Mevis, the youngest of six daughters in a well-heeled family, begins her pursuit of him, groupie-like and ardent.
20 September 2013 07:00 PM
The week in books
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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
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- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 Fifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage from US parenting groups
- 4 McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
- 5 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda