Long before Mohsin Hamid startled us with The Reluctant Fundamentalist (how many of you have read his debut, Moth Smoke ? You should, though; it’s very fine), Kamila Shamsie acquired a following in India, and HM Naqvi made a flamboyant, unbuttoned debut, Aamer Hussein began to build a body of eloquent, understated, beautiful work. Read more
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Last month, the Guardian published a sort of primer to writing. The paper asked distinguished writers to offer the rules of writing fiction. Here are the results. Read more

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January 15, 2009, offered us a story of extraordinary valour and miraculous survival. An Airbus A320 left New York’s La Guardia airport for North Carolina. Less than 120 seconds after it took off, it was hit by a flock of Canada geese. It lost both its engines. The pilot, Chesley B Sullenberger III, glided the plane to safety, crashlanding on the waters of the Hudson. Not one of the 150 people on board was killed. Read more

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