Atkinson began writing Big Sky the day after she finished Transcription, her second world war espionage novel. But “if you put a detective in a novel it becomes a detective novel, there’s no way round it”. In Big Sky “everyone is breaking the law”, or taking it into their own hands in one way or another. “I live to entertain, I don’t live to teach or to preach or to be political. If I have a job to do it is to entertain myself first and then everyone else afterwards.”• Big Sky by Kate Atkinson is published by Doubleday (£20).
June 15, 2019 09:00 UTC
But Jeremy Corbyn called for the UK to not escalate tensions with Iran without “credible evidence” that Tehran was responsible. He tweeted: “From Salisbury to the Middle East, why can he never bring himself to back British allies, British intelligence or British interests?”The FCO had said: “No other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible,” and pointed to a “recent precedent for attacks by Iran against oil tankers”. “I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” the US president said. The suspected attacks came after four commercial ships were “subjected to sabotage operations” in the Gulf in May. “We are confident that Iran bears responsibility for that attack,” the FCO said.
June 15, 2019 08:06 UTC
Mum didn’t notice, or didn’t care, so I grabbed a dustpan and brush. Nowadays, I share a flat with my wife Lucy, and I’m tidy – perhaps obsessively so. I’m nervous of broaching this subject with Mum, as I don’t want her to think I have complaints about my upbringing (I don’t). They said, ‘Thank goodness you’re alive.’ They thought the house had been ransacked and some terrible In Cold Blood-type scenario had happened. Another mate came for tea, refused to eat anything and the next day at school said our house was “scruffy”.
June 15, 2019 08:02 UTC
That doesn’t worry USWNT players, though. “The No 1 team in the world, we won the last World Cup and we’re trying win this World Cup again. During events like the World Cup, the players live inside what they refer to as their “bubble”. I don’t really care what people think,” Lloyd said. Whether it’s the USWNT, the Patriots or the others, some fans will be irked by whatever the Americans do.
June 15, 2019 08:00 UTC
In April, the British YA author Zoe Marriott was widely accused of cultural appropriation for writing a Chinese-inspired fantasy novel called The Hand, the Eye and the Heart. In autumn 2015, Kirkus began a policy of noting the skin colour of major characters in children’s and YA books, and assigning own-voices reviewers to them. Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The GuardianMany of the battles around YA books display the worst features of what is sometimes called “cancel culture”. Some messages came through Goodreads, although Chris does not know if they were linked to the main YA community. “The YA community used to be a safe place where bloggers and writers could communicate and share book news.
June 15, 2019 07:52 UTC
“JK business scouts tend to be men in their 20s and 30s,” says Yumeno Nito of Colabo. Crucially, in the case of JK businesses, Japan has no specific anti-trafficking laws in place. A new ordinance requires JK businesses to be registered with the police, and prohibits the employment of girls under the age of 18. “JK business owners are cunning and systematic. This practice then became diversified and commodified into what is now know as JK business.
June 15, 2019 06:56 UTC
Ramon Calderon says Man Utd are not prepared to lower their asking price for Paul PogbaThat is the opinion of former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon. Pogba is linked with a move away from Manchester United three years after returning to the club. TrendingCalderon says Paul Pogba will have the final word on a potential move to Real Madrid“A player like that, Manchester United are not going to [let him] go without a lot of money. “It's an opportunity but Manchester United have to wait because the player has a contract until 2021. Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United is in doubt
June 15, 2019 06:16 UTC
A summer song worth risking a cornea for, in our opinion. Failed your SATs but got that one right.” JGFacebook Twitter Pinterest Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. SWFacebook Twitter Pinterest Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe. Here’s my dating profile: “Favorito Favorito baby looking for his Sube Sube, Sube Sube Sube. I Kissed a Girl, Perry’s unsurprisingly problematic sapphic banger, is the perfect encapsulation of that constant battle between sexy and really, really unsexy.
June 15, 2019 06:00 UTC
Paul Pogba has been told he cannot afford to reject Juventus and Real MadridThat’s the opinion of Dharmesh Sheth, Sky Sports News host. Paul Pogba has been linked with a return to the Italian champions - who he left in 2016. Pogba himself has reportedly told Manchester United chiefs that he wants to leave, and has no intention of staying at the club. “This isn’t a 19 or 20-year-old Paul Pogba where he can say that he’s got seven or eight years where he can see through the evolution of this United squad,” he explained. “By all the pundits and experts I’ve heard from, they’ve said United’s rebuild could take a minimum of three to five years.
June 15, 2019 06:00 UTC
You remembered you were going to try out a new living arrangement and had packed some carrier bags to be helpful. They explained to me that you are now more a “feeling person” than a “thinking person”, and that what you need most is love. I have always felt that you are someone the universe looks after. What an effort it must have been, Dad, for the next two years, living alone, trying to cope. A letter to... new mothers, from a health visitor Read moreIt has been five days now and I think about you constantly.
June 15, 2019 05:37 UTC
Ian Rush reckons Manchester United should sign Gareth BaleThat is according to Liverpool legend and former Wales striker Ian Rush. Real Madrid are keen to sell Bale this summer to raise funds for further signings. Manchester United had a long-standing interest in Bale but reports this week claim they will not pursue a deal for the 29-year-old. TrendingGareth Bale wants to stay at Real Madrid but the club want him gone"Looking at Manchester United last season, I think he'd walk into that side now. “And I feel for him because like I've said before, Real Madrid supporters should be applauding him.
June 15, 2019 05:30 UTC
An opinion poll last week showed the environment overtaking every other issue apart from Brexit and health among voters’ priorities. As one of her final acts as prime minister, Theresa May this week committed to a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote recently that we should think of the response to climate change as a “third world war”. The climate crisis differs from a war because it does not have an end – or not in the same way. But they're met with crumbling complacency | Eve Livingston Read moreWhether and where such action takes place will depend on local factors as well as how the global climate movement develops over the summer.
June 15, 2019 05:01 UTC
05:54Hello and welcome. The Lightning play the Magpies in Super Netball, also getting underway at 3pm AEST, before the stuttering Rabbitohs face the Panthers and Fremantle play Port Adelaide to round off the afternoon’s action. Plenty going on in the evening too, not least at the Oval in south London, where Australia’s cricketers attempt to take top spot with victory over Sri Lanka. Lots to get through, so let’s not dilly-dally any further. Do get in touch if you feel you need to get something off your chest.
June 15, 2019 05:01 UTC
Shortly after our conversation, the 6ft 1in, 300lb centre formally signs for Rugby United New York. The deal is done, it’s not a loan, and as L’Equipe put it, “Big Basta à Big Apple”. Toulon missed the playoffs so here Bastareaud is, a week before the French World Cup squad is named. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Matthieu Bastareaud poses with Pierre Arnald, James Kennedy and James English of RUNY. For me, I don’t come here for a holiday.
June 15, 2019 05:00 UTC
The manager wants to sign young talent over proven names and Newcastle ace Longstaff is believed to be a priority. And the Standard claim that Woodward needs to move quickly to ensure Newecastle’s proposed takeover doesn’t bloc a move. Man Utd news: Ed Woodward to move quickly for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer target for one reasonTrendingMan Utd news: Ed Woodward to move quickly for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer target for one reasonHe said: "I’m massively flattered to have my name even mentioned in those conversations, but I’m 100 per cent focused on Newcastle. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is focusing on bringing fresh talent to Old Trafford despite a number of rumours linking United to bigger names. Man Utd news: Ed Woodward to move quickly for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer target for one reason
June 15, 2019 05:00 UTC