Arifa Akbar

Critic

UK

Arifa Akbar is a journalist and reviewer at FT, London Evening Standard, SkyNews. She was formerly the literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.

Ordinary People

Date: 05 Apr 2018 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
In his 2004 song “Ordinary People”, John Legend portrays the bittersweet stage of a romance past its first flush, when the mess of everyday life is setting in. “Passed the infatuation phase”, he sings, “Seems like we argue every day.” Diana Evans borrows his song’s title and theme for her exuberant third novel, about midlife relationship malaise. The shadow of marital breakdown loomed around the edges of her award-winning debut nove ...

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race

Date: 18 Apr 2017 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post with the heading “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race”. The British journalist, then 24, said she was breaking off from the conversation because of the hostility and defensiveness she had repeatedly encountered — a patho­logy that she labelled “white denial”. She could no longer engage with the majority who regarded their “white privilege” as universal experi ...