Trauma and loss surface in various ways in Anuk Arudpragasam’s new novel, A Passage North, set during the Sri Lankan civil war

Anuk Arudpragasam’s award-winning debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage was set in a refugee camp during the final days of the Sri Lankan civil wa(...)

Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda. Photograph: iStock

Bermuda’s political and business elite is responding to the G7 push for a minimum corporate income tax as it would to the approach of an Atlantic hurr(...)

A symbolic headstone for George Floyd at the ‘Say Their Names Cemetery’ in Minneapolis, Minnesota. File photograph: Nicholas Pfosi/Bloomberg

The Minneapolis Star Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting on Friday for its coverage of the murder of George Floyd. The prize (...)

Vaccinators Joan Love and Mary Hanafin administering Covid-19 vaccinations at the   Aviva Stadium, Co Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Early in the pandemic, when vaccines for coronavirus were still just a glimmer on the horizon, the term “herd immunity” came to signify the endgame: t(...)

Judy Dodd, an actor, director and teacher in New York, noticed a marked  improvement in her long-Covid symptoms four days after receiving her second vaccine dose. Photograph: Nancy Borowick/The New York Times

Judy Dodd began struggling with symptoms of long Covid last spring: shortness of breath, headaches, exhaustion. Then she got the vaccine. After her f(...)

Harlan Coben: ‘Every book I write I say, this book sucks and the one I did before was great. How did I lose it? And then five minutes later I’m, like, this book is great!’ Photograph: Vincent Tullo/New York Times

The thriller writer Harlan Coben has some free advice for anyone who cares to ask: “If it produces pages: good. If it doesn’t produce pages: bad.” Wit(...)

A large cast of 26 women singing with a reclining piano player, Hollywood, California, circa 1922. Photograph: Underwood Archives/ Getty
Female films: Where did the women go?
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  • February 20, 2021, 06:00

In 1917, eight female directors made films for Universal Studios. In 2017, the same studio produced just one film directed by a woman – Pitch Perfect (...)

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is only slightly less effective against the South African variant of the virus, a study in the US has found. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is only slightly less effective against the South African variant of the virus, a study in the US has found. The study by P(...)

Ambivalence, the state of having contradictory feelings or ideas about something or someone, runs like a dark river through Zaina Arafat’s powerful de(...)

A ceremony to mark the ‘death’ of the Pizol glacier above Mels, eastern Switzerland. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

The world is “headed for a thundering temperature rise of 3-5 degrees this century”, United Nations secretary general António Guterres has predicted. (...)

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