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Writing

Zadie Smith on discovering the secret history of Black England: ‘Into my ignorance poured these remarkable facts’

When the novelist first read Gretchen Gerzina’s 1995 book Black England, she discovered the complex and unexpected lives of black people in England before the abolition of slavery. Two decades on, the stories still...
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Elizabeth Strout: ‘There’s a quiet rumbling of violence in America. Is it going to expand and explode?’

The Booker-shortlisted author on the enduring popularity of Olive Kitteridge, cancel culture and why she couldn’t avoid US politics in her latest Lucy Barton novel Elizabeth Strout had just finished writing her Booker-shortlisted novel Oh...
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Writing

Alan Rickman’s secret showbiz diaries: the late actor on Harry Potter, politics and what he really thought of his co-stars

After his death in 2016, Rickman left a trove of revealing journals. In this exclusive extract, he recounts his 10 years playing Professor Snape – and the many political and Hollywood dramas along the...
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