Sara Baume: ‘There’s no guarantee that you’ll ever finish a book or that you’ll even get a publisher – and even when you do, you panic about the reviews, or the second novel’

‘To some people it might look like I’ve just popped up really quickly, but it’s been five years since I finished the creative writing master’s in T(...)

The duchess of Cornwall speaks at the awards dinner for the 2014 Man Booker Prize at the Guildhall in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

THE OPENING LINES 1. “He should have seen it coming.” 2. “Two former lovers of Molly Lane stood waiting outside the crematorium chapel with(...)

The first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, 1916. Photograph: The Art Archive / Imperial War Museum
Putting war into words
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  • April 10, 2014, 09:36

“You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, g(...)

Indian slum dwellers outside their makeshift huts on a roadside in New Delhi. Photograph: Kamal Kishore / Reuters

India is an exceedingly rich nation. India is one of the poorest nations on this earth. The incongruities of life in the sub-continent can appe(...)

Edward Snowden, “the fugitive whistleblower who brought the all-seeing eye of the American government’s National Security Agency to public attention”. Photograph: AP Photo/the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras

The year 2013 may well be looked back on as a year when people around the world became truly aware of the extent to which digital technology, data tra(...)

Novelist Alison Jameson at  Poolbeg Lighthouse on the Great South Wall in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Shortly after my son, Arthur, was born I had a visit from a female doctor in Holles Street. She was a nice, calm woman in scrubs until she spotted a b(...)