“One must not write what is expected. It’s important for north African writers to show they have other things to say.” Leila Slimani, whose novel In the Garden of the Ogre has just won the Prix La Mamounia literary prize in Morocco. Photograph: C Hélie Gallimard

In the most shocking scene of Leila Slimani’s In the Garden of the Ogre, the main character, Adèle wakes up with her face in an ashtray, crawls on (...)

William Christie traces Handel’s connection with Caroline of Ansbach through three works. Her arrival in Britain in 1714 was marked by the performa(...)

Life stories: ‘I want to be a popular novelist who’s also serious, or a serious novelist who’s also very accessible,’ says Douglas Kennedy. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Douglas Kennedy settles into a chair, polishes off an espresso and begins to talk about his new novel, Fi (...)