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Number 40 | We Had No Say In This

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Of Immediate Interest

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Number 22

A journey into the forest. William Fiennes on the ash, Tracy Chevalier on the birch, Blake Morrison on the chestnut, Ali Smith on the Scots pine. Plus Philip Hensher, Kate Mosse, Maggie O'Farrell, Tahmima Anam and Susan Elderkin.
Samen met de acteur Jan Teulings (links) bij het beeldje van Maigret in het Amstelhotel
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‘You endured life. You didn’t live it.’

'When I left for Paris at the age of nineteen, you were still a stranger to me. Come to think of it, I never called you Mama; I called you Mother, just as I never called my father Papa. How did that come about?'
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Number 33b

Marguerite Duras, Deborah Levy, Zoe Pilger, Joanna Walsh, Anjum Hasan and Molly McCloskey. Plus Juliet Jacques on the woman in the portrait and new fiction from Eliza Granville.
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A Far Cry From Kensington

‘Can you decide to think? – Yes, you can. You can put your mind to anything most of the time. You can sit peacefully in front of a blank tel... Read more
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Number 25

Fiction from Kevin Barry, Lydia Davis, D.W. Wilson and Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Poetry by Joe Dunthorne. And a charity matter: eleven orphaned short-story openings by Zsuzsi Gartner, looking for a home.
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Number 5

On translation and Sebald. The collected maxims of Sebald, Joe Dunthorne, Roger Deakin, Anthea Bell, Kurt Weill, Alain de Botton and poetry from the one and only Stephen Dunn.

Our Town

Dispatches from London

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The Fight for Broken Britain

For a place teeming with the ghosts of empire, hard labour, hard liquor, sailors and prostitutes, it’s almost unbearably tranquil. This Britain isn’t broken: it’s just quiet to the point of being unsettling.
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What Goes Around

'Riding past a crowded pavement on a hot day, swallowing consecutive gusts of perfume, sunscreen, cigarette smoke, and sometimes even halitosis, you realize just how helplessly intimate we all are in this city.'
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Virginia Woolf in the Bomb-scarred City

'This was her grandest bid to bring something back from the ruins. She was not reading despite the bombs; she was reading with them, and the two – reading and bombs – are jumbled together in one of her last letters.'
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Yates Lane, NW8

'Escapees from St Mary’s, Paddington: expectant father smoking; old lady wheeling herself in a wheelchair, smoking; die-hard holding urine sack, blood sack, smoking.'
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Out of Windows

'Last Halloween, a woman was thrown out of a fourth-floor window in Marylebone. I was heading back to my flat on Chiltern Street with the intention of watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a film that I had always avoided.'
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Diamonds in the Dark

'It is a secret, private, hidden world that operates under a strict set of unspoken internal laws: never screw a partner and once a deal is done it is a 'mazen brucha' and it must be adhered to.'
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