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recent articles

  • "High Strung by Stephen Tigor - review"
  • The Guardian
  • Friday September 9, 2011
  • Borg vs McEnroe: one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history. A review of Stephen Tigor's High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis's Fiercest Rivalry.
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  • "Book Of A Lifetime: Native Son, By Richard Wright"
  • The Independent
  • Friday August 5, 2011
  • The American author Richard Wright is most famous for this one book. It was his first novel, and on its publication in 1940, it became one of the fastest-selling novels in American literary history: a remarkable feat for a 32-two-year old, largely self-educated, man from Mississippi. It would be fair to say that it changed his life forever. He went on to write many other books, both fiction and non-fiction, but at the time of his death, at the young age of 52 in 1960, many of the obituary notices made reference to Wright as the author of just this one book, 'Native Son'.
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  • "Once upon a life: Caryl Phillips"
  • The Observer
  • Sunday October 17, 2010
  • Newly graduated from university, Caryl Phillips headed to Edinburgh to find the peace to write, exploring its Georgian streets with wonder. Until his dole payments were stopped, and things began to look grim…
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selected articles

  • 'Derek Walcott: The Journeyman Years, Occasional Prose 1957-1974, Volumes 1 and 2, Edited by Gordon Collier', Wasafiri, Fall 2014.
  • 'Revisiting the European Tribe', Wasafiri, Volume 79, Fall 2014.
  • 'A Bend in the River', A London Address: The Artangel Essays, (Granta, 2013) pp.35-45.
  • 'South Africa: Life With Father', Review of Zakes Mda's Sometimes There is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider, The New York Review of Books, Volume 60, Number 1, 10 January 2013.
  • 'Colour Me English', Caryl Phillips: Writing in the Key of Life, ed. Benedicte Ledent and Daria Tunca. Rodopi, 2012, pp. 11-22.
  • 'A Home for Ourselves in the World: Caryl Phillips on slave forts and manillas as African Atlantic sites of memory.' Interview with Alan Rice, Atlantic Studies, Volume 9, Number 3, September 2012, pp. 363-372.
  • 'James Baldwin 1924-1987', National Theatre Programme (UK, 2012).
  • 'A Venizia, nel Ghetto' (from The European Tribe, 1987), Lo Straniero, Anno XV, Number 137, November 2011, pp.82-84.

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