Best of British Longform: Spies, Sugar, and Sparring

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Second life: one refugee family’s journey to Hull, via Darfur, Tripoli and Cairo

Sophie McBain, New Statesman, 29 March

Darfur is a long way from Hull. But it’s even further when you’re travelling with no money, no freedom to cross borders, and you’re trying to protect your family from militants. Sophie McBain follows one family the British government helped resettle and gives a global tragedy a very human face.

The spies of tomorrow will need to love data

Gordon Corera, Wired, 7 April

Today, John Le Carré’s version of spying is as much a fiction as Ian Fleming’s. The frontline is now big data and national intelligence agencies are in an arms race to collect and process as much as they can. Which, as Gordon Corera finds out, makes spies more powerful — and increasingly at risk of having their cover blown.

Chris Eubank Sr and Jr: ‘You have to stay and take the beating’

Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian, 6 April

In 1991, a Chris Eubank fight ended with his opponent, Michael Watson, in a coma. Twenty-five years later, boxer Nick Blackwell suffered the same fate at the gloves of his son, Chris Eubank Jr. Where Eubank Sr lost his ‘killer instinct’, his son claims the experience will only make him tougher. In this fascinating piece, Decca Aitkenhead explores the toll victory takes on the warrior.

How The Rest Of The World Caught Up To Tegan and Sara

Laura Snapes, Buzzfeed, 8 April

Over seven albums, Tegan and Sara have gone from musical outsiders to archetypes. Their oddball sound and image, once thought anathema for mainstream success, has been aped by a legion of chart-bothering acts. In this ace profile, Laura Snapes explores the twins’ dynamic, their transition from in-the-know act to on everyone’s lips, and how they battle an industry organs that still label them as a “Canadian lesbian duo.”

The Sugar Conspiracy

Ian Leslie, Guardian, 7 April

Sugar is the new nutritional bogeyman, but science has known it’s the white stuff we should worry about — not fat — since the 1970s. Ian Leslie explores how Big Food conspired to ruin a scientist’s reputation and cover up how one of its most profitable ingredients was killing us all. If nothing else, it will make you rethink your relationship with dessert.

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