Meet the Writers

Monocle Reads: Arifa Akbar

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22 July 2021

24 minutes


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Arifa Akbar is the chief theatre critic at ‘The Guardian’. A journalist for over 20 years, she previously held the position of literary editor at ‘The Independent’ and worked as an arts and news correspondent. She speaks with Georgina Godwin about her new memoir ‘Consumed’ which is a personal exploration of her own grief after her sister died at the age of 45 from tuberculosis. In this moving debut, Arifa explores illness, sisterhood, and the role of art in life and loss.

22 July 2021

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