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Merseyside Labour MPs outraged at Keir Starmer writing article for the Sun

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Keir Starmer has provoked outrage among Labour MPs representing Merseyside after he wrote an opinion piece for the Sun. The Labour leader used an article in the newspaper to try to turn focus back on the government by...

Equalities minister under fire for writing she does not ‘care about colonialism’

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The equalities minister, Kemi Badenoch, has been criticised after leaked messages revealed she claimed not to “care about colonialism”, amid warnings that Conservatives could haemorrhage support from the black communi...

Wainwright prize for nature writing goes to James Rebanks for English Pastoral

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James Rebanks’s story of his family’s farm in the Cumbrian Fells, English Pastoral, has won the Wainwright nature writing prize, praised as a “seminal work which will still be celebrated in 50 years”. The follow-up to...

Ray BLK: ‘A song is like writing in my diary. It’s cathartic’

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There’s a saying that goes that we all have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé. “I actually don’t,” says Ray BLK, rejecting the productivity-shaming axiom. In fact, she’s desperate for a day off. I can sense some melancholy...

In brief: Writing in the Dark; Dust Off the Bones; Looking for the Durells – review

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Will LoxleyWeidenfeld & Nicolson, £20, pp388 Will Loxley’s first biography concerns the fortunes of Horizon magazine, the influential 1940s literary title that Cyril Connolly edited, George Orwell and Graham Gree...

Leïla Slimani: ‘I think I’m always writing about women, domination, violence’

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Author Leïla Slimani, 39, grew up in Rabat, Morocco, and moved to Paris when she was 17. Her first novel, Adèle, a melancholy story about a nymphomaniac mother in her 30s, was published in France in 2014. In 2016, she...

Written in the wild: the best radical nature writing

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English nature writing can be a bit polite. Decorating nature with adjectives has become something of a fashion in the last decade, but there are some books whose verve is a wildflower seed bomb to the neat lawns of E...

Lisa Taddeo: ‘I suppose it comes as no surprise that I like dark writing’

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The book that changed my lifeThe Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg is a better book to read for expectant mothers than What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff. It flays open the notion of motherhood, pe...

Grounded and meticulous Ash Barty writing tennis history of her own

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In October last year, Ash Barty walked up onto a makeshift stage on the MCG turf and presented the AFL premiership cup to the captain and coach of Richmond Football Club, the team she has supported all her life. Tenni...

Boris Johnson offered to pay for help writing Shakespeare biography, says scholar

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One of the UK’s most eminent Shakespeare scholars has revealed that they were approached by a representative of Boris Johnson to help him write his very delayed biography of the Bard. The book, titled Shakespeare: The...

Unseen lockets reveal grief that haunted Charles Dickens’s writing

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A pair of exchanged lockets might look like evidence of an illicit romance. But two such “highly personal and private” tokens of affection – one containing a lock of Charles Dickens’s hair and the other of his sister-...

John Byrne: ‘If I don’t laugh when I’m writing, it gets tossed out’

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If you were in Edinburgh during the 1977 festival there were two shows you couldn’t miss. One was the revue Beyond a Joke starring a young unknown called Rowan Atkinson. The other, down at the old Calton Studios, was ...

Booker winner Bernardine Evaristo writing memoir about ‘never giving up’

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Bernardine Evaristo, the first Black woman to win the Booker prize, is writing a memoir about how she “moved from the margins to centre stage” over a career that has spanned more than three decades. Evaristo’s Manifes...

Douglas Adams’ note to self reveals author found writing torture

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He was one of the most wildly imaginative writers of any generation but even for Douglas Adams writing could be a torturous process, requiring a “general note to myself” that he would finally get pleasure from it. “Wr...

The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing review – a powerful concept, frustratingly executed

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As a tribute to vital work through the ages, Hannah Dawson’s anthology is more than welcome. But as a resource, it’s rendered hopelessWhen I was a student, there was briefly a craze – if that’s the word – for rape ala...

Writing a will is a milestone of adulthood

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The milestones marking the passage into “real” adulthood are rarely the ones you expect, such as homes, jobs or partners. For me, getting a boiler serviced, a chimney swept or paying a window cleaner have the dull, in...