Interview Colson Whitehead: ‘We invent all sorts of different reasons to hate people’ Sean O’Hagan Colson Whitehead Colson Whitehead’s two Pulitzer-winning novels explore America’s history of racial injustice. From his Long Island home, he discusses protest and the crisis in American politics, and his 2011 novel about a pandemic

Death on the Nile and addressing racism in Agatha Christie — With Kenneth Branagh’s second Hercule Poirot film out, Christie is hot Hollywood property once more. But how should adaptors navigate her books’ attitude to race, asks David Jesudason. Yet adapting Agatha Christie as mass 21st-Century entertainment is not without its complications: they are products of the time they were written in, the mid-20th Century, and arguably reflect some unsavoury attitudes not least when it comes to racism, xenophobia and colonialism. The question is therefore: how do you translate and update Agatha Christie – or not – for the modern age?