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Things They Lost by Okwiri Oduor review – a magical debut

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It’s the 1980s and 12-year-old Ayosa Ataraxis Brown lives in the fictional town of Mapeli, in the hills and forests of Kenya’s Rift valley. She declares herself “the loneliest girl in the world”, with only a transisto...

Mallrat: Butterfly Blue review – a confident, compelling and dreamy debut

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Grace Shaw’s best lyrics are delivered with a shrug. When she released her first EP as Mallrat at age 17 (2016’s Uninvited), she immediately joined the pantheon of musicians cataloguing the existential malaise of the ...

More than a slugger: 10-time All-Star Pujols makes pitching debut at 42

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Albert Pujols had an absolute blast. And not at the plate this time, either. The longtime slugger made his first career pitching appearance on Sunday night, closing out a 15-6 blowout for the St Louis Cardinals over t...

The Quiet Girl review – exquisite debut drama set in rural Ireland

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It seems a modest little story at first, a cinematic wallflower content to cling to the corners of its tight, boxed-in aspect ratio, rather than thrust itself on to the audience. But while The Quiet Girl, Colm Bairéad...

Debut novelist wins £20,000 Dylan Thomas prize for No One Is Talking About This

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American novelist, poet and essayist Patricia Lockwood has won the £20,000 Swansea University Dylan Thomas prize for her “searingly witty and innovative take on modern day internet culture”. The prize, awarded to Lock...

‘I’d carry the misery around with me all day’: Sissy Spacek on acting, grief and her sci-fi debut at 72

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‘Hey there! How are you!” hollers Sissy Spacek, as if she has just come across an old friend in the shopping mall. We’ve never met; I’m half an hour late for our video meeting and in a cold sweat. She is totally chill...

Timothée Chalamet’s West End debut cancelled after two years of postponements

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It was one of London’s hottest theatre tickets for 2020: a Pulitzer-nominated play with the enticing pairing of actors Timothée Chalamet and Eileen Atkins. But just over two years after Amy Herzog’s drama 4000 Miles h...

The Novice review – stunning debut passes the university challenge

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There’s a voice inside the head of college freshman Alex (a remarkable, physically and mentally committed Isabelle Fuhrman) that drives her. Hectoring, inescapable: this inner voice is the reason she chose to major in...

Alexander Bryson: The Alexander Bryson Trio review – dazzling debut

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You’d have to think back a long way to name a jazz piano trio with a more impressive debut than this. It depends, I suppose, on exactly what you’re looking for, but if that includes an imaginative choice of material, ...

Five debut novels make Women’s prize for fiction longlist

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Five debut novels have been longlisted for the 2022 Women’s prize for fiction, including Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith, called “marvellous and confounding” by the Guardian, and Barack Obama’s bo...

Taron Egerton to return ‘with a vengeance’ after fainting during West End debut

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The actor Taron Egerton has said he will return to the stage “with a vengeance” on Monday night after he fainted during the first performance of his West End debut in the play Cock by Mike Bartlett. Egerton, best know...

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo review – a deeply satisfying debut

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A love story, a ghost story, a thriller: Ayanna Lloyd Banwo’s radiant first novel embraces elements of multiple genres, binding them through incantatory language steeped in the rhythms, fables and spirituality of her ...

Defenestrate by Renée Branum review – a riddling and original debut about twins

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Twins are everywhere in fiction at the moment, from Brit Bennett’s bestseller The Vanishing Half to Claire Fuller’s Costa award-winning Unsettled Ground. The challenge for any novelist, of course, is not merely to use...

Rick Rubin: Def Jam founder and producer announces debut book

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Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Records and the most highly regarded music producer of his time, has announced his first book. The Creative Act: A Way of Being is a non-fiction work about creativity. “I set out to writ...

Reality bites for China’s ice hockey ringers on Winter Olympic debut

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As China began to organise hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics one problem started to emerge – they had automatically qualified for the ice hockey competition, yet they didn’t have a team. The solution? Phoning around to...

An Adventure review – epic trek from India to England with a stunning debut

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Early on in this three-act, two-interval, three-hour-long piece, protagonist Jyoti laments that stories like hers don’t get told. This piece goes some way to redressing the balance. Vinay Patel’s An Adventure was firs...

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