Writing_a_Novel_feature_2EXTRACTS
Marc Nash: City limits
The perils of small-town prejudice, the fluidity of language, risk assessment and backing a winner. From Three Dreams in the Key of G.

 

INTERVIEWS/TIPS FOR WRITERS
Richard Skinner: Getting going
The writer and tutor gives Mark Reynolds the lowdown about his new book Writing a Novel: Bring Your Ideas To Life The Faber Academy Way.

 

CONTEXTS
Lorna Goodison: I-land
Jamaica’s Poet Laureate reckons with Kingston life and the benign and deadly allure of the sea. From the essay collection Redemption Ground.

Uncertain regard
Translator Fionn Petch unravels the secrets and impressions of a phantom father in Renato Cisneros’ The Distance Between Us.

Wondering at the world
Mika Provata-Carlone is enthralled by Edith Hall’s Aristotle’s Way, an invigorating exploration of the philosopher’s path to human happiness.

 

INTERVIEWS
Rachel Heng: Forever people
Mark Reynolds meets the author of Suicide Club, a chilling debut about extreme wellness and the quest for immortality in a future New York.

 

TOP TENS
Puppetmasters
Nick Salaman, author of The Experimentalists, details his favourite Machiavellian characters in literature and popular culture, from God to Gandalf.

 

POETRY
from Passport
Two poems from Richie McCaffery’s new collection: about the power and impotence of symbols, memories of mum, and hanging around in bookshops.

from Cyclone
Two poems from American-born, UK-based Robert Peake’s new collection, about suspect innovations and five ages of life choices.

Love in the time of hospital visits
An ode to enduring love as bodies fade. From Josephine Corcoran’s inventive, haunting and tender debut poetry collection What Are You After?

 

EXTRACTS/SHORT STORIES
Laidi Fernández de Juan: Procedures
A woman battles bureaucracy to assert ownership of the family home. From ‘The Trinity of Havana’ in the collection The Book of Havana.

 

CONTEXTS
The land where Saturn reigned
Mika Provata-Carlone admires Marcello Fois’ The Time in Between, an immersive story of phantoms and family in desolate post-war Sardinia.

Illustrations for a life unlived
Mika Provata-Carlone is captivated by Jhumpa Lahiri’s masterful translation of Domenico Starnone’s Trick, a rich novel of rage, age and youth.

Blood and feathers
Brett Marie is impressed by the controlled rage of Tommy Orange’s debut novel There There, a powerful testimony of Native American truths.

 

WRITERS’ PATHS
Thea Lim: The reluctant romantic
The author of An Ocean of Minutes recalls some crucial decisions and guidance during the writing of her daring love-and-time-travel debut.

Kim Sherwood: Over the line
The author of Testament retraces her path through grief, horror and enquiry in the footsteps of scattered Hungarian Holocaust Survivors.

Paul Howarth: Outback to the future
The author of Only Killers and Thieves reflects on the ten years of graft that brought him overnight success.

 

EXTRACTS
Mareike Krügel: Horses
An accident in the forest, the ibond between a troubled daughter and mother, and a glimpse into an uncertain future. From Look at Me.

Thea Lim: How it begins
Awkward misgivings and glimpses of compatability sum up their first date; will Polly and Frank stick or twist? From An Ocean of Minutes.

 

Magritte_Reading_Art_featurePICTURE STORIES
Escaping wars and waves
An extract from Olivier Kugler’s intimate portraits of Syrian refugees, here inside the infamous Jungle Camp in Calais.

Reading art
A gallery of images from David Trigg’s inspiring new compendium of artworks celebrating books and reading through 2,000 years of art history.

 

INTERVIEWS/CONTEXTS
Tara Isabella Burton: My sister’s keeper
Brett Marie talks to the author of debut novel Social Creature about decadence, privilege, anxiety, impostor syndrome and life as an avatar.

 

INTERVIEWS/POETRY
Tishani Doshi: Saying it out loud
Mark Reynolds talks to the poet and dancer about her dazzling, forthright and lyrical new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods.

 

POETRY
Girls are coming out of the woods
The title poem in Tishani Doshi’s new collection is a blistering call for anger and resistance against a rising tide of sexual assault in India.

from Flood
Two poems from Clare Shaw’s new collection; reflections on storm damage, loss, devastation and recovery in nature and in the soul.

 

CONTEXTS/INTERVIEWS
Miranda Doyle: Stitching up our mouths
The author of A Book of Untruths discusses the ethics of life writing, privacy and expression with fellow memoirist Joanne Limburg.

 

 

CONTEXTS
With love and squalor
Mika Provata-Carlone surveys Anna Maria Ortese’s Evening Descends Upon the Hills, a Neapolitan classic that inspired Elena Ferrante.

Glimmers of destiny
Mircea Eliade’s Gaudeamus is a candid record of his formative years and a window to a world beyond its pages, writes Mika Provata-Carlone.

Mark Polizzotti: On translation
A necessary evil or the road to cross-cultural understanding and enrichment? Extract from Sympathy for the Traitor: A Translation Manifesto.

Charlotte Coombe: The masterful Margarita
The translator of Margarita García Robayo’s Fish Soup recalls the pleasures and challenges of interpreting its two novellas and seven stories.

Piercing prisms and Persian perspectives
Mika Provata-Carlone enjoys Négar Djavadi’s Disoriental: “a waterfall of words and memories; of emotional states and the most intimate states of being.”

 

Fish_Soup_featureEXTRACTS
Margarita García Robayo: Moisture
The timeless dance of teenage rebellion versus the psychedelic maze of temptation and piety. From the novella Sexual Education in Fish Soup.

Paul Howarth: Wrong side of the tree line
The McBride brothers encounter an old antagonist out in the bush, in the company of a ragged unit of Mounted Native Police. From Only Killers and Thieves.

 

EXTRACTS/THEATRE
Elizabeth Strout: The starving father-man
A sculpture loaded with meaning. Extract from My Name is Lucy Barton, now adapted for the stage by Rona Munro, starring Laura Linney.

 

Yrsa_featureCONTEXTS/POETRY
Marcia Daley-Ward aka ‘mum’
An extract from Yrsa Daley-Ward’s memoir The Terrible, about her mother’s move from Kingston, Jamaica to Chorley as a vulnerable 14-year-old.

 

TOP TENS
Doug Johnstone: Other worlds
The author of Fault Lines selects the off-kilter novels and stories, from Atwood to Vonnegut,  that helped inform his alternate, volcanic Edinburgh.

 

CONTEXTS/MOMENTS IN LITERATURE
Lewis and Ernest and Hadley
A letter of introduction, first impressions, a sparring contest and the beginnings of a lasting friendship. When Lewis met Hemingway in Paris. From Galantière by Mark Lurie.

 

80_Trees_600PICTURE STORIES
Around the world in 80 trees
Drawings and stories from Jonathan Drori and Lucille Clerc’s illuminating examination of how trees play a role in every part of human life.

Astérix in Britain
Images from the exhibition at the Jewish Museum London celebrating the life and work of René Groscinny, starring his best-loved creation.

Teeth
A gallery of some of the dazzling and grizzly artefacts and instruments from the history of dentistry in Wellcome Collection’s summer exhibition.

 

EXTRACTS
Rana Haddad: The truth about love
Don’t believe everything a boy – or your grandma – tells you about attachment and desire. From The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor.

David Hewson: A family feud
It began with a row over competing vines… Extract from Juliet & Romeo, a dramatic retelling of Shakespeare’s best-known tale.

Négar_Djavadi_400Manu Joseph: Tremors
Akhila returns from her morning run to see a curious gathering outside her Mumbai apartment block. From the novel Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous.

 

INTERVIEWS
Négar Djavadi: Neither here nor there
Mark Reynolds and Farhana Gani meet the author of Disoriental, a richly entertaining novel about identity, family and culture clash in pre-Revolutionary Iran and contemporary Paris.

Courtney Zoffness: Connections and capabilities
Mark Reynolds meets the winner of the 2018 Sunday Times Short Story Award for the delicately provocative ‘Peanuts Aren’t Nuts’.

Finding stories in America’s heartland
Karin Salvalaggio chats to Laura McHugh about her latest novel Arrowood, the pull of small towns, coincidences, crime and missing persons.

 

The_Blind_Spot_290CONTEXTS
Passing the acid test
Tracy Quan appreciates the slow-burn influence of Tom Wolfe’s radical ideas, organised brashness and ready humour on his fellow writers.

The solid case for ambiguity
Mika Provata-Carlone admires Javier Cercas’s engagingly contentious The Blind Spot: An Essay on the Novel; a treatise on writing and being.

Alejandro Zambra: Against poets
Poets may fail and fail again but deep in their souls they know their words are our only hope. From the essay collection Not to Read.

Outsiders within
Sharon Bala explains how past and present refugee crises informed her debut novel The Boat People, about Sri Lankans fleeing bloody civil war.

Six white robins
Mika Provata-Carlone welcomes Bryan Karetnyk’s latest beguiling Gaito Gazdanov translation, The Beggar and Other Stories.

 

CONTEXTS/EVENTS
Intimate tales
Editor Eric Akoto introduces the 2018 Litro Summer Literary & Arts weekender, featuring captivating writers from South Korea and India.

 

WRITERS’ PATHS
Beyond the abyss
Debut author Laurie Canciani (The Insomnia Museum) recalls how she almost quit her Creative Writing MA, and reflects on the value of persistence over self-doubt.

A beginning
How Patrick Langley’s chance sighting of two young brothers at Plumstead station may have sparked his dark and tender debut novel Arkady.

 

INTERVIEWS/ON FILM
Wonders beyond words
Mark Reynolds talks to director Todd Haynes, writer Brian Selznick and child actors Oakes Fegley and Jaden Michael about the making of Wonderstruck.

 

A WRITER’S LIFE
Salley Vickers: Daydream believer
The author of Miss Garnet’s Angel and The Cleaner of Chartres introduces her new novel The Librarian and reflects on her reading and writing.

Natasha Carthew: Living on the edge
The author of All Rivers Run Free shares her reading and writing habits, and literary heroes including Dorothy Allison and Cormac McCarthy.

 

EXTRACTS
Teenage heaven
Circe and Szu are gripped by the shopping bug as they meander through the air-conditioned shopping malls of blazing Singapore. From Ponti by Sharlene Teo.

A splendid shiny car
Daddy keeps his head down indoors and Mummy fusses as a suave stranger drives into the neighbourhood. From Estonian director Ilmar Taska’s debut novel Pobeda 1946.

 

INTERVIEWS
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Lily Bailey: OCD and me
The writer and model opens up to Mark Reynolds about her OCD memoir Because We Are Bad, and wishes there was a different word for positive obsession.

 

CONTEXTS
Answers without questions
Mika Provata-Carlone examines Heidi Sopinka’s The Dictionary of Animal Languages, an ambitious but elliptical take on the life of the great Surrealist Leonora Carrington.


We need to talk about nanny
Karin Salvalaggio finds Leîla Slimani’s Lullaby an unsettling, engrossing and essential examination of motherhood, race and class.

Recapturing infinity in the present
Mika Provata-Carlone welcomes the vivid, contrasting narratives of Fela and Felix Rosenbloom’s post-Holocaust memoir Miracles Do Happen.

Beyond imagining
Clarence Major introduces Anthony Grooms’ The Vain Conversation, a fictional account of the real-life murder of two black couples in Walton County, Georgia in 1946.

Crying wolf
Playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s debut novel, One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century is a shimmering triumph, writes Mika Provata-Carlone.

Lily Bailey: Not alone
A childhood revelation, and the first steps inside a support group. Two short extracts from Lily Bailey’s OCD memoir Because We Are Bad.

 

Estoril_290EXTRACTS
The Grand Casino Estoril
At a luxury resort on the Portuguese Riviera, Ian Fleming closely observes a dashing double agent. From the novel Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stanković.

 

EXTRACTS/ON FILM
Jonathan Ames: Tough love
The gripping opening of You Were Never Really Here, now adapted by Lynne Ramsay as a major film starring Joaquin Phoenix.

 

INTERVIEWS
Petra Hůlová: Gender agendas
Mark Reynolds talks to the award-winning Czech novelist and playwright about her latest novel in English, Three Plastic Rooms, and her wider work.

 

TIPS FOR WRITERS
Hannah Vincent: Step by step
The author of Alarm Girl and The Weaning shares her tips for writing from life experience, whether for fiction or autobiography.

 

CONTEXTS
Glimpses of unfamiliar France
Mika Provata-Carlone sees echoes of Chekhov, Flaubert and Bashō in Toshiyuki Horie’s wise and questioning The Bear and the Paving Stone.

Riddled words, puzzled lives
Mika Provata-Carlone decodes Jeremy Gavron’s Felix Culpa, a daring, alchemic novel made up of sourced lines from a hundred literary classics.

Joe Thomas: Crackland
The author of Paradise City and Gringa examines the gentrification and social cleansing of Sào Paulo that inform his ongoing crime series.

New happiness
Mika Provata-Carlone reviews Nora Ikstena’s Soviet Milk, a sweeping intergenerational tale of Latvia’s recent past and singular soul.

Through the valley of shades
Frances Wilson introduces Brian Dillon’s In the Dark Room, an acclaimed book of essays on mourning and memory, out now in a new edition.

The end of the world that never came
Mika Provata-Carlone reviews Joan Sales’ Winds of the Night; an arresting, idiosyncratic account of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.

Alafair Burke: Outside in
The author of The Wife reflects on how her past work in the criminal justice system influences her writing in ever more subtle ways.

Blossoming on
Translator Alison Entrekin discusses the profound simplicity of José Mauro de Vasconcelos’ timeless Brazilian classic My Sweet Orange Tree.

Magic in the mists
Agustín Pico Estrada, the author’s son, introduces Sara Gallardo’s rediscovered and newly translated story collection Land of Smoke.

When time disappeared
Mika Provata-Carlone reviews Françoise Frenkel’s newly translated memoir No Place to Lay One’s Head, about fleeing Nazi terror while clinging to hope and faith.

 

EXTRACTS
Alafair Burke: Who’s there?
When the police come calling to investigate her husband’s whereabouts, Angela Powell trusts to instinct and deception. From The Wife.

Leïla Slimani: To watch over them
Stifled by young motherhood, Myriam Charfa recruits the perfect nanny and resumes her legal career. From the chillling Prix Goncourt winning thriller Lullaby.

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EXTRACTS/ON FILM
Melanie Benjamin: Flickers of memory
In 1969, a hesitant Frances Marion pays a visit to her former collaborator, silent screen star Mary Pickford. From The Girls in the Picture.

 

CONTEXTS/INTERVIEWS
Many a woman scorned
Karin Salvalagio talks to Sarah Vaughan about Anatomy of a Scandal, her timely novel about sexual politics, victimhood, loyalty and doubt.

 

SHORT STORIES
Sara Gallardo: A secret
A beguiling short story about love and betrayal from the rediscovered, newly translated Argentinian modern classic collection Land of Smoke.

Helen Garner: The life of art
A woman reflects on the joys, despair, support, companionship and broken connections across a decades-old friendship.

Vesna Main: The hair clasp
A woman and her daughter’s visit to the beach brings devastation and distraction. From the debut collection Temptation: A User’s Guide.

Rusudan Rukhadze: Dad after Mum
Cherished memories of a fading parent and a distant Georgian summer, from the new collection The Book of Tbilisi.

 

INTERVIEWS
Antti Tuomainen: Beyond noir
The author of The Man Who Died reflects on his switch from straight noir to black comedy, and tells Mark Reynolds about his key influences.

 

ON FILM/TOP TENS
Angry young, frail old man
Sunny Singh, author of Amitabh Bachchan in the BFI Film Stars series, picks her personal favourites among the Bollywood icon’s 200+ films.

 

CONTEXTS
The world that watches
Mika Provata-Carlone praises A Chill in the Air, a previously unpublished slice of Iris Origo’s remarkable war diaries, written  as Mussolini drags Italy into conflict.

Near death – and resurrection
Sunny Singh recalls the national panic as India’s No.1 star has a life-threatening accident on set. From BFI Film Stars: Amitabh Bachchan.

All, nothing and everything in between
Mika Provata-Carlone weighs up Mojca Kumerdej’s The Harvest of Chronos, a bold, ambitious, multilayered novel about Slovenian identity.


Pooh_V&A_posterPICTURE STORIES
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a classic
A selection of images from the V&A’s captivating new exhibition of Pooh drawings, manuscripts, memorabilia and interactive installations.

 

BOOKANISTA RECOMMENDS
A perpetual advent calendar
Mika Provata-Carlone presents a seasonal round-up of children’s books for all ages and tastes, packed with fun, solace and wisdom.

 

WRITERS’ PATHS
Minoo Dinshaw: Picking a subject
The author of Outlandish Knight, a biography of Steven Runciman, explains how he was drawn to the life of the great medieval historian.

 

A WRITER’S LIFE
Sally Rooney: Down to a T
The author of Conversations with Friends, winner of the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer Award, answers our quickfire Q&A.

 

ON FILM
A bear in a million
Paddington 2 is the pick of the latest film releases, The Killing of a Sacred Deer hits the spot, and Kenneth Brannagh’s Orient Express gets stuck in the sidings, writes Mark Reynolds.

 

INTERVIEWS
Lilja Sigurðardóttir: Caught in a trap
Karin Salvalaggio is entranced by Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Snare, the first in a startlingly original new crime trilogy.

Lina Meruane: Blood in the eye
The author of Seeing Red talks to Mark Reynolds about fictionalising an episode of blindness to explore heightened senses and emotions.

Claire Messud: Craft and fusion
The author of The Burning Girl tells Alex-Peake Tomkinson about returning themes in her fiction and riffing on adolescence and friendship.

 

CONTEXTS
1947_290Unquiet spirits

Mika Provata-Carlone admires Elisabeth Åsbrink’s 1947: Where Now Begins; an incisive commentary on the roots of contemporary society.

Flowers in a jam jar
Mika Provata-Carlone reviews Giorgio van Straten’s In Search of Lost Books, “an eloquent, philosophical display of exceptional absences.”

An absence full of presence
Mark Mazower’s family history What You Did Not Tell is a rhapsodic inquiry that leaves some big questions hanging, says Mika Provata-Carlone.

A.M. Bakalar: The devil you know
A joyful puzzle webbed in truth and lies: Mirjana Novaković’s Fear and His Servant conjures up 18th-century Serbia under Austrian rule.

Brett Marie: Written in my soul
A new collection of 100 of Bob Dylan’s best lyrics confirms the Nobel committee were right to award him literature’s biggest prize.

Oliver Tearne: Having words in Manchester
How physician Peter Mark Roget introduced a digressive system for writing and reflection, and became synonymous with his popular creation. From Britain by the Book.

Mika Provata-Carlone: The truth of the lie
How Javier Cercas’ biographical novel The Impostor, about alleged Nazi victim Enric Marco illuminates the nature of history and fiction.

A.M. Bakalar: Us and them
The author of Children of Our Time reflects on her politically charged tale of Polish immigrants embroiled in people trafficking.

The_Evenings_featureSam Garrett: Boy wanderer
Sam Garrett reflects on the thirty-five years spanning his first reading and subsequent translation of Gerard Reve’s postwar Dutch classic The Evenings.

Stilted life
Mika Provata-Carlone unravels Nicola Lagioia’s Strega Prize-winning novel Ferocity and finds its bold ambition undermined by stereotype and unfulfilled salvation.

Luke McCallin: In the zone
How the author researched the daily grind for Allies and locals among the rubble and chaos of post-war Germany for the new Gregor Reinhardt novel The Ashes of Berlin.

 

PICTURE STORIES
Magritte: This is not a biography
Extract from Vincent Zabus and Thomas Campi’s graphic journey through Magritte’s imaginative landscape, a joyous mix of fact and fiction.

Harry Potter: A history of magic
Mystical manuscripts and paranormal paraphernalia from the British Library’s enchanting new exhibition.

Darryl Cunningham: Graphic science
Sample pages from his hand-drawn celebration of seven unsung heroes of science, depicting the life of fossil-hunter Mary Anning.

 

ON FILM
Tom Browne: Laughter in the dark
Why Armando Iannucci’s brilliant new comedy The Death of Stalin gets closer to historical accuracy than any number of heritage dramas.


Memoirs_of_Moominpappa_290EXTRACTS
Tove Jansson: Taking an interest in the meerschaum tram
Prologue to The Memoirs of Moominpappa, now published for the first time in the UK in a stunning series of Moomins collectors’ editions.

 

SHORT STORIES
Jen Campbell: Bright white hearts
Ruminations on mermaids, colour, fluoresence, invisibility, evolution, identity and love within the walls and tanks of the aquarium. From the collection The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night.

Agnieszka Dale: A happy nation
Krystyna Kowalska, the last Polish person left in Britain, is interviewed at home by an all-too familiar immigration officer.

Hassan Blasim: “Don’t kill me, I beg you. This is my tree.”
An Iraqi immigrant in Finland confronts his violent past. From the anthology The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat, edited by Sjón and Ted Hodgkinson.

 

INFLUENCES
Tony Williams: Learning from the masters
The author of Nutcase explains how Icelandic sagas helped shape his novel about a young vigilante growing up on a Sheffield sink estate.

 

NEW VOICES/SHORT STORIES
Srephanie Hutton: What to do when you can’t do anything
A mother explodes in hopeless rage as her three-year-old daughter clings to life on a hospital ward. From The Mechanics’ Institute Review.


EXTRACTS/ON FILM
Peter Ackroyd: The first killings
What could link the gruesome murders of a young prostitute and a Jewish scholar in Victorian London? Extract from The Limestone Golem, now a major film starring Bill Nighy, Douglas Booth and Olivia Cooke.

 

EXTRACTS
Jia Pingwa: It must be love
Happy Liu invites beloved prostitute Yichun to his less than humble lodgings. Extract from Happy Dreams, translated by Nicky Harman.

Pajtim Statovci: The whiskered stranger
An encounter with a sleek, alluring, intolerant talking feline who appears to have come to a gay bar by mistake. From My Cat Yugoslavia.

 

PICTURE STORIES
A study in scarlet
Sample pages from a new graphic novel edition of Sherlock Holmes’ first case, interpreted by Ian Edgington and I.N.J. Culbard via Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

CONTEXTS
Navid Kermani: Lamentation
A study of the pietà at St Kunibert, Cologne from his captivating appraisal of Christian art and iconography Wonder Beyond Belief.

Nicky Harman: Never happier
“Translation is the art of negotiation and compromise'” says the translator of Jia Pingwa’s contemporary Chinese satire Happy Dreams.

Under the sign of eternity
Georgia Blain’s final book The Museum of Words is a powerful and evocative private essay on the end of being, writes Mika Provata-Carlone.

Adventures of the imagination
Julia Bell introduces the latest story anthology in the annual Mechanics’ Institute Review, curated by Birkbeck Creative Writing  students.

The life-lie
Mika Provata-Carlone finds echoes of Tony Harrison in Kerstin Hensel’s startling emotional journey of moral conscience Dance by the Canal.

The unbearable burden of non-being
Mika Provata-Carlone admires Żanna Słoniowska’s The House with the Stained-Glass Window, an intricate, opulent tale of lived lives in Lviv.

Fyodor Dostoevsky: A lie is saved by a lie
How Don Quixote proves that a crude fantasy, lovingly embraced, resolves doubt. From The Russian Soul: Selections from A Writer’s Diary.

An Amazon dreaming of Arcadia
Mika Provata-Carlone finds drama and dignity in Chantel Acevedo’s The Living Infinite, examining the early life of Infanta Eulalia of Spain.

Gall and barefaced daring
Helen Garner introduces Barbara Baynton’s classic story collection Bush Studies. From the essay collection Everywhere I Look.

The malediction of Minerva
Mika Provata-Carlone embraces The Last Attachment, Iris Origo’s painstaking account of Lord Byron’s passionate affair with Teresa Guiccioli.

Disquiet revisited
Margaret Jull Costa introduces her new translation of the definitive Complete Edition of  Fernando Pessoa’s masterwork The Book of Disquiet.

Message in two suitcases
Mika Provata-Carlone finds Ernest van der Kwast’s Mama Tandoori a witty, vital and tender portrait of dual culture and identity in the Indian-spiced Netherlands.

The Leica way
Lars Mytting’s The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is a delicate weave of stark simplicity and mesmeric complexity, writes Mika Provata-Carlone.

 

Diksha_Basu_420INTERVIEWS
Kate Murray-Browne: Buyer beware!
The author of The Upstairs Room tells Alex Peake-Tomkinson about finding horror in the everyday and the terrors of moving house.

Iosi Havilio: Getting away with it
The Argentinian author talks to Mark Reynolds about Petite Fleur, his feverishly dark comic novel about serial murder and domesticity.

Diksha Basu: On the money
The author of The Windfall discusses Delhi society, sudden wealth, social climbing, marriage, citizenship and patriotism with Farhana Gani.

Olivia Sudjic: Between dreams
The author of Sympathy tells Mark Reynolds how an investigation into 17th-century pseudoscience led to an unsettling satire on hyperconnectivity and identity.

Samanta Schweblin: Passion and terror
The author of Fever Dream talks about facing your demons, psychoanalysis, screenwriting, translation and being a contender for the Man Booker International Prize.

Hari Kunzru: Between the grooves
The author of White Tears chats to Alex Peake-Tomkinson about musical appropriation and race relations in New York City and Essex.

Juliet West: Back to black
Claire Fuller quizzes the author of The Faithful about approaching a love story set against the backdrop of the UK’s 1930s fascist movement.

 

Santorini_featureSHORT STORIES
Barbara Baynton: The chosen vesssel
An intruder lurks as a woman cradles her baby in an undefendable shack. Classic Australian horror from the 1902 collection Bush Studies.

Mary Gaitskill: Description
Old friends on a mountain hike confront home truths, health scares and deep-seated rivalries. From the new story collection Don’t Cry.

Jim Shepard: Cretan love song
A moment of clarity, compassion and companionship in the face of the catastrophic Minoan eruption of Thera. From the collection The World to Come.

 

TOP TENS
Enduring grief
P.K Lynch, author of Wildest of All, chooses books and films that combine sorrow and humanity to help us understand life’s pains and losses.

Going it alone
Marking publication of her frank, funny and affecting memoir My Shitty Twenties, Emily Morris picks her favourite single mums in literature.


A WRITER”S LIFE
Nick Laird: Summer at Sheep’s Head
On a city break from his West Cork retreat, the author of Modern Gods discusses his writing habits, influences and inspirations.

 

EXTRACTS
Naomi Hamill: The first bride
In the aftermath of war, making marriages is one of the first steps towards a new normality. From How to Be a Kosovan Bride.

Emily R. Austin: Not selling anything
Taking the rise out of her dead-end call centre job gives slim respite from Jane’s darkest memories, doubts and fears. From Oh Honey.

Antoine Laurain: Under the hammer
Obsessive collector Pierre-François Chaumont resolves to own an 18th-century painting whose subject bears an uncanny resemblance to himself. From The Portrait.

Marie-Sabine Roger: Doctor’s Orders
A groggy Jean-Pierre Fabre wakes up in hospital with only a sketchy memory of how he came to be fished from the Seine. From Get Well Soon.

 

CONTEXTS
Abu Ghraib_featureWhat’s in a picture

Sarah Sentilles examines the power of photography to shape and distort our views on war and persecution. From Draw Your Weapons.

A biblical paradise
“A hypnotic, erudite and riveting analysis of why we lose and find ourselves in the pages of books.” Mika Provata-Carlone admires Damon Young’s The Art of Reading.

Curious about curiosity
From Batman to Borges, keeping a sense of childlike wonder and bending to the writer’s will aid understanding. From The Art of Reading.

Suspicious country
Extract from Nina Riggs’ posthumous memoir The Bright Hour, a bold, poetic, wise and affirmative meditation on living with terminal illness.

Elegy in E minor
Mika Provata-Carlone relishes Madame Bovary of the Suburbs, Sophie Divry’s languid yet full-bodied contemporary recalibration of Flaubert.

Every way out
The 2017 Polari First Book Prize shortlist throws up eclectic and provocative fact and fiction about the LGBT experience from Cardiff to Kuwait.

Never a dull word
Translator Gini Alhadeff marvels at the powerful economy of Fleur Jaeggy’s prose in her long-awaited new collection I Am the Brother of XX, together with an exquisite extract: Cat.

In the shadow of Poe
Poe scholar and genre writer Chuck Caruso, whose debut crime novel The Lawn Job is just out, tracks the influence of the master of mystery on Conan Doyle, Christie, Hammett, Highsmith and more.

Gila Lustiger: It is us they burn
Extract from the award-winning essay ‘We Are Not Afraid’ in response to the Paris terror attacks, linking the events to the 2005 youth riots.

 

WRITERS’ PATHS
The summer Smiley saved me
On the release of her new novel Yuki Means Happiness, Alison Jean Lester reflects on a solitary time in Taiwan when she devoured the works of le Carré.

Catherine Banner: Innocents uncovered
The author of The House at the Edge of Night recounts how a visit to Florence’s 15th-century foundling hospital – the Ospedale degli Innocenti – sparked her new novel.

 

TIPS FOR WRITERS
S.V. Berlin: Best intentions
“Think like a psychologist or serial killer profiler.” The author of debut novel The Favourite, a twisting tale of sibling rivalry, shares her tips for aspiring writers.

 

EXTRACTS/ON FILM
Reality check
Clare’s new boyfriend is creepily overprotective. Extract from Melanie Joosten’s Berlin Syndrome, now a tense psychosexual thriller directed by Cate Shortland and starring Teresa Palmer.

 

Naomi_Klein_420CONTEXTS
After shock
In a talk at the Southbank Centre, No Is Not Enough author Naomi Klein explains why burnt-out Grenfell Tower is a monument to neoliberalism.

Alpine dreams
Mika Provata-Carlone examines the twisting, self-inflicted nightmares of a tormented writer in Daniel Kehlmann’s You Should Have Left.

A dream of good fortune
Mika Provata-Carlone finds Korean master Hwang Sok-yong’s Familiar Things a darkly lyrical epic from the most grippingly raw human material.

Sun on grey water
Mika Provata-Carlone examines Anthony Cartwright’s gripping and poignant novel The Cut, which holds up a mirror to a British society riven by divisions, duplicity and distrust in the Brexit era.

Bitter chocolate and the laughter of tears
Mika Provata-Carlone delights in Teffi’s consumately quirky memoir of exile across Russia in the wake of the disintegration of Tsarist rule.

Watching the river flow
Brett Marie dives into J. Robert Lennon’s Broken River, a dizzying domestic thriller about deceit and danger.

Howling whispers
Mika Provata-Carlone is blown away by House of Names, Colm Tóibín’s passionately amplified and distilled reworking of the Oresteia.

 

INFLUENCES
David F. Ross: Morrissey built my bookshelf
The author of The Man Who Loved Islands admits his first creative impulses came not from reading, but from immersion in the lyrics of his music idols.

 

Vengeance_290EXTRACTS
Eka Kurniawan: Smitten
Jakarta tough guy Ajo Kawir takes on more than he bargained for when he encounters the female bodyguard of his latest quarry. From Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash.

Anthony Cartwright: A new day
Dramatic events and unusual stirrings in Perry Barr and at the Hampstead Ladies’ Pond as Cairo and Grace change plans. Extract from The Cut.

Yuri Herrera: A song for the king
The Artist enters the Palace for his one shot at worming his way into the King’s inner circle of wealth and power. From Kingdom Cons.

Hwang Sok-yong: Filthy treasures at Flower Island
On the outskirts of Seoul, 14-year-old Bugeye and his mum report to work picking trash from a landfill dump. From Familiar Things.

J. Robert Lennon: The house by the woods
A family hoping to silence its own demons moves into a once-derelict home with a diabolical history. A chilling extract from Broken River.

Benjamin Ludwig: Forever girl
The electronic baby won’t stop crying. Welcome to the world of Ginny Moon, a girl who sees the world differently but tries as hard as she might to make it all make sense.

Nicholas Royle: Immortality
A brilliant young critic is cut down before his prime, cementing an enduring legacy. From the novel An English Guide to Birdwatching.

 

SHORT STORIES
Tove Jansson: Premonitions
Frida Andresson has troubling visions, but is unable to foresee her ultimate fate. From the story collection Letters to Klara.

Cristina Fernández Cubas: A fresh start
A woman mourning the passing of her life partner takes a fragmented journey to the joyful beginnings of their great love affair.

 

INTERVIEWS
Jon McGregor: The long and short of it
The author of Reservoir 13 explains how he populated his broad canvas of Peak District country life via a series of detailed observations, and talks about his passions for short fiction, letter writing and the open air.

Bret Anthony Johnston: Tricks at the top
The 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award winner tells Mark Reynolds about piecing the winning story together and the parallels between writing and skateboarding.

 

WRITERS’ PATHS
Laurent Gaudé: In the shadow of Vesuvius
The author of Hell’s Gate explains why Naples offered a perfect setting for his modern-day exploration of a descent into the underworld.

 

The_Hideout_290CONTEXTS
The dream of a ridiculous man
Mika Provata-Carlone rejoices in the reissue of Egon Hostovsky’s The Hideout, an overlooked classic of World War II Czech literature.

Through a mirror darkly
Mika Provata-Carlone examines Natalie Haynes’ The Children of Jocasta, a retelling of the Oedipus and Antigone myths from the perspectives of Jocasta and Ismene.

Raoul Martinez: Freedom from democracy
How the electoral process and government policy are controlled by corporations – and why this must be stopped. Extract from Creating Freedom.

Where unhapiness ends: Naples beyond Ferrante
Mika Provata-Carlone absorbs the 3,000-year history and rich literary and cultural landscape of the ancient Greeks’ myth-laden ‘New City’.

Lives in black and white
Mika Provata-Carlone praises Meike Ziervogel’s The Photographer, a powerful, poignant portrait of fragmented lives in post-war Germany.

The Talleyrand of East Africa
Dominic Dromgoole recalls an aftershow party in Djibouti hosted by a decidedly French British Consul. From Hamlet: Globe to Globe.
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Nir Baram: Over the wall
The author of A Land Without Borders sets out on a journey along the Green Line in search of resolution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

A breath of sadness
Mika Provata-Carlone sees beauty and compassion in The Orange Grove, Larry Tremblay’s visceral account of some of the most brutal chapters in human history.

Ian Nairn: The opposite of Birmingham
Timeless descriptions of some of the French capital’s major monuments and overlooked attractions. From Nairn’s Paris, now reissued by Notting Hill Editions.

Catching the past
Mika Provata-Carlone unpicks Otto de Kat’s latest tireless attempt to solve the puzzle of human remembrance in The Longest Night.

 

1000CC_290PICTURE STORIES
A thousand coloured castles
Extract from Gareth Brookes’ new graphic novel, a surreal and sensitive examination of suburban living and ways of seeing, drawn in wax crayon.

Russian Revolution: Hope, tragedy, myths
A selection of images from the new exhibition at the British Museum marking the centenary of the world-changing events of 1917, curated by Katya Rogatchevskaia and Susan Reed.

 

BOOKANISTA RECOMMENDS/ON FILM
Poets, pedants and survivors
Mark Reynolds takes in a fresh batch of book adaptations and biopics, including A Sense of an Ending, Lady Macbeth and Mend the Living.

 

CONTEXTS/ON FILM
Civil rights and wrongs
Lucy Scholes admires Raoul Peck’s visionary documentary I Am Not Your Negro, a stirring evocation of James Baldwin’s writings and campaigns.

A positive betrayal
Director Ritesh Batra, screenwriter Nick Payne, author Julian Barnes and a cast including Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer discuss bringing The Sense of an Ending to the screen.

 

SHORT STORIES/EXTRACTS
A selective objective
Extracts from the six stories shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, by Kathleen Alcott, Bret Anthony Johnstone, Richard Lambert, Victor Lodato, Celeste Ng and Sally Rooney. Can you pick a winner?

 

EXTRACTS/ON FILM
Pennyfeather is sent down
The opening chapters of Evelyn Waugh’s sparkling college satire Decline and Fall, now a major BBC One series starring Jack Whitehall, Eva Longoria and David Suchet.

 

CONTEXTS/THEATRE
Peter Shafer: An immortal life
Mika Provata-Carlone attends an illuminating evening at the National Theatre celebrating the life and work of the late playwright, with performances by his peers.

 

CONTEXTS/SHORT STORIES
Fearless flourish
Musa Okwonga admires the range, ambition and acuity of Irenosen Okojie’s Jhalak Prize-shortlisted story collection Speak Gigantular.

 

TOP TENS
Terrifying tales
Xan Brooks, author of The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times, picks ten top reads about tormented child adventurers.

Turn me into a monster
As his novel The Impossible Fortress celebrates the early days of MTV, Jason Rekulak picks ten memorable pop videos by notable directors, including Brian de Palma’s Michael Jackson and Sam Peckinpah’s… Julian Lennon?.

 

Mohsin_Hamid_420INTERVIEWS
Mohsin Hamid: Moving on
The author of Exit West chats to Mark Reynolds about migrations, mindfulness, nation states, staying human – and watching for lions.

Tim Murphy: Shouting out
The author of Christodora discusses his multi-stranded, cross-generational novel about the AIDS crisis and its aftermath with Lucy Scholes.

Laura McVeigh: Journeys of the mind
The author of Under the Almond Tree discusses Tolstoy, Afghanistan, refugees, displacement, and two oddly similar but distant Emerald Isles.

Steven Uhly: A life of encounters
The author of Kingdom of Twilight discusses selective memory, creativity, judgement and living with the past, with Mika Provata-Carlone.

Chris Cleave: Across the divide
The author of Everyone Brave Is Forgiven talks to Alex Peake-Tomkinson about addiction, trauma, intuition and telling a story from all sides.

Nathan Hill: Unpuzzling it all
The author of The Nix chats to Mark Reynolds about truth and fiction, obsessive gaming, Meryl Streep as his mom and meeting your heroes.

Michael_Chabon_420Michael Chabon: Flying high
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist talks to Mark Reynolds about Moonglow, the space race, a mixed bag of movies and confronting the Israeli Occupation.

Alexandra Kleeman: Places in between
Lucy Scholes chats to the author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine about our obsessions with onsumerism, commodification and conformity.

Welcome to dystopia
Mark Reynolds talks to writer-directors Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht about their unsettling adaptation of György Dragomán’s The White King.

Claire Fuller: A family at sea
Juliet West quizzes the author of Swimming Lessons about mothers and daughters, family secrets, art, nature and aromas as colour.

Chibundu Onuzo: Sticking together
The author of Welcome to Lagos tells Mark Reynolds about her vibrant story of a band of runaways seeking a new life in Nigeria’s megacity, and getting into a dodgy scrape with a corrupt government minister.

 

EXTRACTS
Laurent Gaudé: The river of tears
In the Land of the Dead, Matteo encounters a lost friend as he approaches tumultuous waters heaving with tormented souls. From Hell’s Gate.

Alain Mabanckou: Pioneers Awake!
In 1970s Congo, a Marxist-Leninist revolution ushers in a new age – of corruption and terror. Extract from Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou.

David Vann: For Hekate
Medea seeks forest potions and sacrifices to appease the goddess of sorcery. From Bright Air Black, a dazzling retelling of the Greek myth.

Dorthe Nors: Driving to Distraction
Sonja has been taking driving lessons for six months but her instructor won’t let her change gear. From Mirror, Shoulder, Signal.

Sabahattin Ali: All the women I ever imagined
An encounter with a haunting self-portrait melts the indifference of a man suspicious of modern art. Extract from the stunning nre translation of Madonna in a Fur Coat by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe.

Heinz Helle: Something burned here
Chilling discoveries and sharp memories from Euphoria, Helle’s stark and poetic evocation of the repressed savagery of human nature and the evaporation of society.

Shanthi Sekaran: Time to go
Solimar Castro-Valdez resolves to flee the forgotten village of Santa Clara Popocalco and start a new life beyond the Mexican border. From Lucky Boy.

Kayla Rae Whitaker: First night
Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses hole up in the toilets getting high ahead of the premiere of their first cartoon feature. From The Animators.

 

SHORT STORIES
Liam Hogan: Internet dating for immortals
After 900 years of sorrowful break-up after break-up, will a chance encounter on Tinder see old George finally meet his match?

Orlando Ortega-Medina: The shovelist
Retiree Guillaume Morin is urged by his wife to keep earning extra cash shovelling snow after new neighbours move in. From Jerusalem Ablaze.

 

Facts_of_Life_feature_colourPICTURE STORIES
Paula Knight: The facts of life
Extract from the touching graphic memoir about not-quite motherhood, the meaning of family and moving on.

 

INFLUENCES
Peter Swanson: sophisticated murder
The author of The Kind Worth Killing and Her Every Fear owes a debt of gratitude to Alfred Htchcock for an introduction to thrillers and the understanding that less is best.

 

WRITERS’ PATHS
I, Octavio
The author of Octavio’s Journey reveals crossovers between myth and biography – and a white lie that helped his debut novel see the light of day.

 

A WRITER’S LIFE
Tim Pears: Keeping it pastoral
Having put tutoring on pause to devote himself to his new trilogy, the author of The Horseman discusses his writing and reading habits.

Shanthi Sekaran: Seeking the zing
The author of Lucky Boy talks creative sparks, writing boltholes, literary heroes, and casting the Italian World Cup squad in The Godfather.

 

Broken_Mirror_290CONTEXTS
The wisdom of parrots
Former Economist Delhi bureau chief Adam Roberts predicts a bright, challenging future for India. From Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation.

On borrowed ground
Mika Provata-Carlone admires the fiery intensity of Bright Air Black, David Vann’s retelling of the Medea myth, but finds its savagery falls a little flat.

Seduced by utopia
Mika Provata-Carlone picks through the hardships, tragedies and ivory-tower dreams in Iris Origo’s lyrical memoir and war diary Images and Shadows and War in Vald’Orcia.

Suellen Dainty: A memory of memory
The author of The Housekeeper considers the unreliability of recolection in fiction from Proust to Julian Barnes and S.J. Watson.

Land of the bens and the glens
Extract from The Crofter and the Laird, John McPhee’s evocative account of moving his family to the land of his forebears on the remote Hebridean island of Colonsay.

Splinters and reflections
Josep Miquel Sobrere introduces his translation of Mercè Rodoreda’s tightly wrought, sparkingly inventive generational saga A Broken Mirror.

Cloak and dagger à la Russe
Mika Provata-Carlone admires Jamie Bulloch’s new translation of Ricarda Huch’s deliciously indulgent and provocative epistolary novel The Last Summer.

Saunders in the zone
Brett Marie is dazzled by master short-storyteller George Saunders’ debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo, about Abraham Lincoln mourning the loss of his young son.

A total portrait of the artist as an absence
Mika Provata-Carlone delves into Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia, a tantalising treasure-trove of letters, interviews, drafts and diaries.

Annemarie Neary: Scenes from a Troubles childhood
The author of Siren explains how growing up during the Northern Ireland Troubles still shapes her imaginative empathy and emotional truth.

A wonder to behold
Imbolo Mbue’s much heralded debut novel Behold the Dreamers about African immigrants in New York goes beyond high expectations, says Brett Marie.

Kate Hamer: Out there
The author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral reflects on her instincts and influences, and finding the perfect setting.

Katie Hickman: Diamond discoveries
The author of the Aviary Gate trilogy reflects on the obscure Levant Company merchant who has dominated her writing life for the last decade.

Miranda Emmerson: Mixed-up thinking
The acclaimed playwright looks at the sea changes in Europe and America that inspired her debut novel Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars, about fractured and fractious 1960s Britain.

Vagrant tales
Mika Provata-Carlone is mesmerised by David Connolly’s taut translation of Zyranna Zateli’s twisting tour de force At Twilight They Return.

Wraiths of neither good nor evil
Mika Provata-Carlone assesses Hans Fallada’s Nightmare in Berlin, an unsettling chronicle of personal trauma, historical outrage, moral guilt and accountability.

Strange fascination
Paul Morley describes the irresistible impact of David Bowie on the 1970s and beyond, in an extract from The Age of Bowie, now in paperback.

In defence of book learning
Brett Marie takes inspiration and solace from Will Schwalbe’s treasure trove of stories and recommendations Books for Living.

jackie_stillThe hydra of memory and forgetting
Mika Provata-Carlone admires Steven Uhly’s Kingdom of Twilight, a vital study of horror, survival and the natural impulse for humanity.

 

BOOKANISTA RECOMMENDS/ON FILM
Heart and darkness
Mark Reynolds weighs up February/March 2017’s must-see film adaptations, featuring Moonlight, Fences, Elle, The Salesman – and The Lego Batman Movie.

Faith, grief and passion
Mark Reynolds rounds up January’s best literary adaptation and biopic releases, featuring Jackie, Silence, A Monster Calls, Lion, Christine, Denial, Hacksaw Ridge and The White King.

 

BOOKANISTA RECOMMENDS
Tumult and majesty
Lucy Scholes picks her books of the year for 2016, and peeks ahead at spring 2017. Featuring Rachel Cusk, Garth Greenwell, Sarah Moss, Maggie Nelson, Colson Whitehead (right), Nathan Hill, Jami Attenberg and more.

Timely and timeless books
Mika Provata-Carlone takes a trawl through new children’s books and freshly wrapped classics – essential reading for the festive season.

 

FAVOURITE STORIES
Yukio Mishima: ‘Swaddling Clothes’
Orlando Ortega-Medina was so haunted by this story from the Japanese master, he decided to write what happens next from a new viewpoint in his collection Jerusalem Ablaze.

Write Christmas
Brett Marie asks Kim Echlin, Jenn Ashworth, Megan Bradbury and Will Schwalbe about their favourite holiday reads, and shares his own.

 

silence_tie-in_290CONTEXTS/ON FILM
Martin Scorsese: On Silence
The director introduces Shusaku Endo’s absorbing study of faith and culture, now a major film starring Liam Neeson and Adam Driver.

 

CONTEXTS/THEATRE
An unfailing life
Mika Provata-Carlone is captivated by the Royal Ballet’s Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House, starring Alessandra Ferri and Mara Galeazzi.

Forever Neverland
Mark Reynolds finds Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan at the National Theatre a dizzying examination of the pleasures and pains of growing up.

 

CONTEXTS/PICTURE STORIES
ice_bear_4That sinking feeling
Author and Arctic wilderness guide Michael Engelhard tracks the shifting language of polar bear art. From his book Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon.

 

MOMENTS IN LITERATURE
Dalliances at the dacha
An extract from the Alexander Pushkin fiction fragment that inspired Tolstoy to start writing his second masterwork Anna Karenina.

 

TIPS FOR WRITERS
James Swallow: Watertight rules
The author of Nomad and hit videogame Deus Ex: Human Revolution offers his advice for new writers who may be struggling to get their stories down.

Brit Bennett: Getting started
The author of The Mothers takes a break from her exhaustive US tour to share some rules about choosing what to write and how to go about it.

 

INTERVIEWS
colson_whitehead_420Burhan Sönmez: Istanbul light and dark
The author of Istanbul Istanbul discusses his novel of hope and imagination in the confines of a torture cell, his own run-ins with lawmakers and prison, and his long-term optimism for Turkey’s political future.

Colson Whitehead: Making it
The National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad reflects on an extraordinary year of personal triumph and national angst.

Enchanted by the mystery of books
Ana Pérez Galván, the co-founder of Hispabooks, shares her thoughts on publishing Spanish literature in English with Mika Provata-Carlone.

Miriam Elia begs to differ
The creator of the Dung Beetle reading scheme tells Mark Reynolds about making books, art, comedy, hamsters and never quite fitting in.

Cristina Sánchez-Andrade: Flickers
Lucy Scholes talks to the author of The Winterlings about her story of exiled Galician sisters returning to their childhood home.

 

NEW VOICES
Amy Dupcak: India
A beautiful girl of uncertain origin seeks to stamp her identity through fiction. Short story from Amy Dupcak’s debut collection Dust.

 

SHORT STORIES/EXTRACTS
Petina Gappah: Human rights and wrongs
Extract from ‘The Old Familiar Faces’ in her new collection Rotten Row, intelinked stories about crime and justice in contemporary Zimbabwe.

 

A WRITER’S LIFE
Robert Olen Butler: Still exploring
The Pulitzer Prize winner marks publication of his new novel Perfume River by cracking open the door to his writing cottage.

 

CONTEXTS
Reclaiming both past and future
Mika Provata-Carlone admires Leonard Barkan’s Berlin for Jews – a beguiling portrait of a city haunted, yet also honoured by its history.

Berlin by twilight
Mika Provata-Carlone savours the re-release of Franz Hessel’s 1929 classic Walking in Berlin: A Flâneur in the Capital, in a new translation by Amanda DeMarco.

Electoral collage
Brett Marie reflects on some classic books that inform the ugly 2016 race for US President, including a forgotten gem from Ralph Nader.

 

 

CONTEXTS/MOMENTS IN LITERATURE
Astrid Lindgren: Waves of joy and doubt
Extract from A World Gone Mad, the World War Two diaries of the creator of Pippi Longstocking, as the war drags to a triumphant but messy close.

 

TOP TENS
Lucie Whitehouse: Too close for comfort
The author of Keep You Close picks ten chilling novels in which home and family spell danger, pain, cruelty, terror and humiliation.

 

EXTRACTS
Henrietta Rose-Innes: Swarm
How to prevent – or nurture – a caterpillar infestation. Extract from Nineveh, a novel about people and pests in present-day Cape Town exploring tensions between the natural and man-made worlds.

 

nocturnal_animals_290EXTRACTS/ON FILM
Austin Wright: Remembering
A riveting extract from the opening chapters of Nocturnal Animals, now a gripping film by Tom Ford starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.

 

EXTRACTS/THEATRE
A night in the barn
Extract from Georges Simenon’s The Hand, the inspiration for The Red Barn, David Hare’s latest sell-out play at the National Theatre.