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Sterling Brown and the tasing of the black American dream

Milwaukee police didn’t just assault a basketball player, they damaged the hopes young people of color have of a better life<p>Sterling Brown: Milwaukee police apologize to NBA player<p>Another day, another black man violently assaulted by five rogue police officers for the ever-increasing crime of BWB …

Race & Ethnicity

Martin Amis on Philip Roth: 'the kind of satirical genius that comes along once in a generation'

From the ecstatic comedy of Portnoy’s Complaint to the narrative richness of his American Trilogy, Philip Roth was a writer of genuine originality, says Martin Amis<p>Sarah Churchwell: How Philip Roth wrote America<p>As tributes pour in to Philip Roth, it is worth looking back to his early career, which …

Literature

The Murderer of Warren Street review – magnetic revolutionary or serial killer?

Emmanuel Barthélemy manned the barricades in mid-19th century Paris and was hanged for murder in London. But how best to tell his story?<p>The way Marc Mulholland tells it, there wasn’t anyone whom Emmanuel Barthélemy didn’t itch to kill. During his London exile the young Frenchman had Karl Marx in …

Books

How Philip Roth wrote America

Intense, exuberant, profound, Philip Roth was a towering figure of 20th-century literature. Sarah Churchwell pays tribute to the writer who died this week<p>Martin Amis on Philip Roth: ‘the kind of satirical genius that comes along once in a generation’<p>“Sheer playfulness and deadly seriousness are my …

Literature

Ireland made up its mind on abortion years ago, say campaigners

Exit poll in referendum shows 75% of voters have not changed mind on issue in past five years<p>• Irish abortion referendum: exit polls predict landslide for yes as count begins – live<p>Ireland has profoundly changed its attitudes towards women, campaigners have said after a behavioural survey showed …

United Kingdom

Vegan banana bread with toasted coconut recipe

While all other cakes come and go with seasons and flights of fancy, the banana cake is steady – it’s the safe bet and the crowd-pleaser, and also the secret favourite. Not all banana cakes are created equal, however. This one is so dense, you could make an indentation on a slice with your lips and …

Dessert

The secret to… helping your bereaved parent

If they’re not up to notifying others about their news, then offer to do it for them. And look after yourself too<p><b>Offer to notify others.</b> Your parent might lack the energy or strength to break the news to family and friends, especially if they’re having to repeat the circumstances of an unexpected …

Grieving

Abortion referendum likely to put pressure on Northern Ireland politicians

Predicted landslide in favour of liberalising law in Republic likely to put restrictive laws across border into spotlight<p>• Follow the latest developments as votes are counted - live<p>The predicted landslide in favour of liberalising Ireland’s abortion regime, assuming it is borne out in the …

Northern Ireland

Isabelle Huppert: ‘My guiltiest pleasure? Imagining myself as a sadistic, manipulative murderer’

The actor on her fear of elevators, her childhood dream job and why she’d be willing to play golf with Donald Trump<p>Born in Paris, Isabelle Huppert, 65, made her name internationally in the 1977 film The Lacemaker, for which she was named Bafta’s most promising newcomer. Dozens of international …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Drills, travels and tactics: the keys to Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham success

‘The Manchester City of the Championship’ take on Villa in the play-off final with much to thank their Serbian manager for<p>When Neil Warnock described Fulham as “the Manchester City of the Championship” he was not talking about the transfer fees. Fulham had a net spend of around £3m this season and …

Soccer

Sergio Ramos set for one more epic display of leadership for Real Madrid

He raps, has dozens of tattoos and knows nothing but Champions League success as Madrid’s captain<p>Sergio Ramos was born with golden balls. That’s what Sergio Ramos says, anyway – and, he adds, they’re right where they’re supposed to be. It’s no Ossie’s Dream and it’s not the Anfield Rap either, but …

Soccer

AB de Villiers departs and leaves a Picasso-sized hole in cricket

AB de Villiers learned his craft before T20 was invented but made the game look easy, regardless of the format<p>It seems odd now but English people really did used to hate Pablo Picasso, godfather of cubism and the great all-format all-rounder of 20th century art. When Picasso died in 1973 Kingsley …

AB de Villiers

Children’s and teens roundup: the best new picture books and novels

Dogs and jungle animals for young ones, politics and mysteries for older readers<p>Big names for small readers abound as summer creeps over the horizon, including Shirley Hughes’s new book for five- to eight-year-olds, <b>Ruby in the Ruins</b> (Walker), which vividly evokes a child’s view of the aftermath of …

Books

Nasa's Golden Record may baffle alien life, say researchers

Extraterrestrials will discover a species that loves to argue and sees beauty in flowers that roar like chainsaws<p>It was launched to the stars as a portrait of humanity: an alien’s guide to life on Earth and the wonderful, rich culture of its dominant species.<p>But the Golden Record, blasted into …

Paranormal

Yotam Ottolenghi’s pea recipes

I recently introduced my youngest son to freshly picked peas, and his delighted reaction to this new instant food made me question the idea of even cooking them at all: what a shame to lose that sweet freshness, vibrant greenness and slight crunch by applying heat. But I’m a chef, so I can’t help …

Puff Pastry

China shows little appetite for lifting of family size limit

Experts say change is unlikely to have big impact on country’s demographic direction<p>Liu Wen, a public servant in China’s north-western Qinghai province, remembers the night before she went back to work after taking three months off to care for her newborn son. She was anxious. “I kept telling …

China

Chelsea Clinton: ‘I’ve had vitriol flung at me for as long as I can remember’

The former first daughter on privilege, female leadership, dealing with critics, and how Trump ‘degrades what it means to be American’<p>When the American media describe Chelsea Clinton as royalty, they refer not to her popularity but to her ubiquity. Her very first home was the governor’s mansion in …

Feminism

All hail the renaissance of Hugh Grant, freed from decades of romcom hell

In the past two years he has produced the best work of his life, including his latest turn in A Very English Scandal<p>Back in the mid-90s, shortly after I saw Four Weddings And A Funeral – when I, along with half the females in this country, developed a profound soft spot for Hugh Grant – I went to …

Romantic Comedy

Ronaldo v Salah – the head-to-head set to define Champions League final

Mohamed Salah, in the red of Liverpool, and Cristiano Ronaldo, in the white of Real Madrid, will be expected to score goals tonight worthy of European football’s annual showpiece<p>Two teams of 11 men apiece will emerge into the Olympic stadium in Kiev on Saturday night for the 2018 Champions League …

Soccer

Britain's Super Sperm Donors: are these men the Samaritans of the fertility trade?

A new Channel 4 show - about four men and their 175 babies - explores the rogue traders doing business from their vans<p>“Welcome to my van. Or, as my wife calls it, the wanker van,” smirks Clive, a 61-year-old retired teacher from the Midlands. There’s a reason why Clive’s vehicle has no windows in …

Trading

How Corbyn could become prime minister – and keep us in the EU

Unhappy Brexiteers could yet force an October general election, and open the way for the Labour leader to reshape Brexit<p>The idea that the British people are on the brink of “liberation” from the European Union is starting to look very odd indeed. The evidence increasingly suggests that by the …

United Kingdom

Can I cook like Napoleon Bonaparte?

Was one too many joints (of meat) the downfall of Napoleon’s armies?<p>Napoleon Bonaparte had no real interest in fine dining. Even in later life, when he was in glamorous exile on St Helena, he ate simply and fairly austerely.<p>But he was also a control freak, to the point that the soldiers in the …

Napoleon Bonaparte

Life and death on a superyacht: 'If something goes wrong, they can just raise the anchor and leave'

Crewing can seem a glamour-filled job. But at least three young Brits have lost their lives, as Rupert Neate reports<p>If Dirk Zimmerman’s boss fancies a fresh tomato salad, the 35-year-old German hangs up his chef’s apron, dons a headset and takes to the skies. Zimmerman, who has been working on …

Boating

The best sun scents

Fancy a fragrance that’s like a sniff of a hot arm after a day at the beach? These will hit the spot<p>The limited annual release of Estée Lauder’s <b>Bronze Goddess Skinscent</b> (£43, 50ml) signals the start of beauty’s own asparagus season. As usual, I plan to binge on it, despite it being in many ways …

Beauty

How Portnoy's Complaint made Australia a better place

Philip Roth’s novel was just one of many banned by a prudish government. It was a decision that led to a landmark court case<p>The death of Philip Roth can’t go by without celebrating the part he played nearly 50 years ago in ending the grip of the moral bullies who decided what books we could read in …

Literature

Our Place by Mark Cocker review – can Britain’s wildlife be saved?

British people have long expressed a love of wild nature and the countryside. So why is much of it being allowed to disappear?<p>Outside a church, a board welcomes visitors to “The Unkempt Churchyard”. Pamphlets in the church describe the wildlife and defend the policy, for there have been complaints. …

Daffodils

Debt collectors held to account as traffic fines claim a life

Courier Jerome Rogers killed himself after his bike was seized. A BBC drama tells his story and examines wider issues about debt<p>It started with two £65 traffic fines, one for being in a bus lane a few minutes before the restrictions ended, the other for making a prohibited right turn. Within a …

Croydon

I'm fed up mowing the lawn – should I get artificial grass?

I’m not sure if fake lawns keep looking good, or if they look awful within a few years<p><b>Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.</b><p>I’m already heartily fed up with mowing our …

Lawn Mowing

Burning issue: Are wood-burning stoves going to get the chop?

With the government aiming to clean up the UK’s air quality, wood burners and open fires are likely to come under scrutiny<p>Millions of households with open fires and wood-burning stoves could face curbs on their use after the government unveiled plans to clean up the UK’s air quality.<p>Although this …

Michael Gove

Which goddess is said to live in Halema‘uma‘u Crater in Hawaii? The Weekend quiz

From a nightclub to a murder hole, test your knowledge with the Weekend quiz<p>The questions<p><b>1</b> What was first recorded in Crimea in 1346-7?<b><br>2</b> In South Africa, what is a braai?<b><br>3</b> Bekonscot in Beaconsfield is the oldest example of what?<b><br>4</b> Which ancient ruler was, in full, VII Philopator?<b><br>5</b> Where is Lallans …

Miniature