Category Archives: terrorism


Thirty years ago today I was teaching English at a summer school in Malvern. The students, aged between 12 and 16, were mostly from Europe and the largest group came from Italy. They rarely watched the television – I don’t … Continue reading

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The Dark Ages

The home of Martin Rynja, the director of Gibson Square, which plans to publish The Jewel of the Medina, was attacked by Islamist arsonists yesterday. You can read about it here. Announcing the publication of The Jewel of the Medina … Continue reading

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John Updike: Terrorist

Incredibly, Terroristis the first Updike novel I’ve read (I know, I know…) and, on the heels of De Lillo’s disappointing Falling Man, with which it has several points in common, I found it a far better book. It takes on … Continue reading

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One for Salman

I was directed to this by its maker, who comments on Guardian blogs as IMHOTEP. Apparently, it was criticised by Campaign magazine, which isn’t surprising, and by The Observer, which, frankly, is.

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