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So Mr Kureishi, where did you get that plot? Hanif Kureishi on his novel ‘The Last Word’, Arts

So Mr Kureishi, where did you get that plot? Hanif Kureishi on his novel ‘The Last Word’

Hanif Kureishi’s new novel looks like a thinly disguised account of the story of Patrick French’s biography of Vidia Naipaul

By | Arts | Thursday, 15 August 2013 at 6:30 pm

Literature and poverty: It’s time for Mohsin Hamid to tell us how he really feels about Pakistan, Arts

Literature and poverty: It’s time for Mohsin Hamid to tell us how he really feels about Pakistan

Earlier this week I was thumbing through a range of books published by The Economist in a publisher while waiting to see someone. Not as dull as it sounds. The pocket World in Figures 2013 includes a cornucopia of country profiles that blows away myths, even if what came floating into my mind was the pastiche Fifty Sheds of Grey.

By | Arts, Notebook | Friday, 29 March 2013 at 7:03 pm

Pakistan finds a literary arc in impossible times, Arts

Pakistan finds a literary arc in impossible times

The news last weekend from Quetta was terrible, at least 84 members of the Shia Hazara community died and 169 were injured in a massive explosion aimed at a minority community caught up in sectarian violence by Sunni militants.

By | Arts | Thursday, 21 February 2013 at 4:37 pm

The magnificent Mohammed Hanif and his exploding books, Notebook

The magnificent Mohammed Hanif and his exploding books

Trying to recall why Mohammed Hanif’s wild head of hair rang literary bells, it dawned on me that he has a passing resemblance to Alexander Dumas, he of The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo: adventurist par excellence of the gripping yarn, across whose pages hurtle female serial poisoners, political prisoners, hashish eaters, thieves and vagabonds, those of political dark arts, women who refuse to give up.

By | Notebook | Monday, 15 August 2011 at 4:16 pm

The Wall Street Journal breaks the first rule of journalism, Notebook

The Wall Street Journal breaks the first rule of journalism

When Max Hastings was editor of the Evening Standard, he used to say that there were two responsibilities of newspapers: not to cause unnecessary alarm or fear (‘45 minutes from attack’ occurred under the editorship of Veronica Wadley) and not to inflame public prejudices.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 28 July 2011 at 3:02 pm

We need one last push to give to Pakistan, Notebook

We need one last push to give to Pakistan

The best publishing tale of the 90s comes from Jeremy Lewis who found himself one Thursday while an editor at Chatto with a bundle of notes, scribbles on the backs of envelopes and diagrams of family trees from one of his authors. ‘My book about the Indus,’ explained Imran Khan handing them over.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 8 November 2010 at 3:51 pm

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