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Sorrow and Song by Edmund Blair Leighton. Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Five historical romances to escape into during a pandemic

During the second world war, people found solace in the formulaic narratives of historical romances and during the pandemic they could once again provide readers comfort.
Zadie Smith’s debut White Teeth was part of a wave of interest in “multicultural writing” in the early 2000s. ROLF VENNENBERND/EPA

The rise and fall of Black British writing

Interest in Black British writing has grown and shrunk since the late 1940s. Is the current wave going to crash like those before it?
Many films that address race end up lulling audiences into complacency. TriStar Pictures

How popular culture hobbles protest movements

Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn't happen too quickly.

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