'Napoleon was a terrific guy before he started crossing national borders,' says Andrew Wylie
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Sunday 22 January 2012
Saturday 21 January 2012
From modest beginnings it has become one of the biggest literary festivals on earth. This year the roster of big names talking about their work includes Michael Ondaatje, Tom Stoppard, Richard Dawkins, Annie Proulx, Hari Kunzru, Shashi Tharoor and William Dalrymple, the festival's co-director.
Saturday 27 August 2011
Every summer, the press is briefly preoccupied by the question of what reading material we should take on holiday: books pages are crowded with recommendations by public and literary figures, while commentators are obliged to parse the book choices of our political leaders.
Sunday 31 July 2011
Friday 08 July 2011
Twenty years ago, Rushdie wrote the enchanting Haroun and the Sea of Stories for his first son. This fabular children's story, featuring Haroun as older brother to Luka, was Rushdie's gift to his second son on his 12th birthday.
Saturday 18 June 2011
Monday 30 May 2011
After fifteen years of a very public feud, V S Naipaul and Paul Theroux have finally buried the hatchet.
Sunday 29 May 2011
Sunday 29 May 2011
Sunday 10 April 2011
Friday 31 December 2010
I set up The Asian Writer, an online literary magazine, to raise the profile of published authors, after becoming frustrated that they were given little mainstream exposure. I wanted to give emerging writers a platform to showcase their work. As an aspiring novelist, I wished to create a safe haven for like-minded individuals who were defying their parents' wishes by pursuing a career in writing instead of banking. As a publishing graduate I struggle with the concept of Asian writers being pigeonholed and packaged into writing one type of fiction – especially when the needs of millions of readers are being so poorly served. The few Asian writers who earn mainstream success appear out of touch with their own people (I'm thinking Kiran Desai, Michael Ondaatje and Salman Rushdie here). Kudos to those who have carved a niche for themselves by going against the grain. Both Roopa Farooki and Nisha Minhas have been successful at targeting the chick-lit market, for example.
Wednesday 17 November 2010
Monday 08 November 2010
In a career spanning 40 years, the photographer Mark Gerson, now 89, shot most of the biggest names in English literature, from Roald Dahl to Salman Rushdie.
Thursday 21 October 2010
Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie - who was for many years in hiding after he was subject to a Fatwah - has signed a deal to publish his memoir, it was announced today.
Sunday 17 October 2010
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales