Sophie McBain is a freelance writer based in Cairo. She was previously an assistant editor at the New Statesman.
I've cried on planes for so long, I've started packing a special "crying kit" for use in-flight.
In 2014, Islamic State fighters murdered thousands of Yazidis and kidnapped many others, mostly women and children. Their desperate relatives are now trying to buy them back.
In 2015 the government's Gateway programme offered 750 refugees the chance to resettle in the UK. Our writer followed one family for six months as they made the journey to England.
Two new books encourage us to look past the grand narratives and listen to voices on the ground.
As we download ever more of our lives on to electronic devices, are we destroying our own internal memory?
Expensive marriage arrangements and social conservatism put matrimony out of reach for many young people in Egypt, which has serious consequences.
There is something unsettling about the western media’s fascination with North Korea, as these two books reveal.
In a new wave of repression under the Sisi regime, Egyptians are being forcibly disappeared.
Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes, winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, champions “neurodiversity”.
Three new books explore the modern information assault - and how to survive it.
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