Five Dials

A free literary magazine from Hamish Hamilton

Number 39 | Don't Go Too Soon

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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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The Ideology of Dinner

'The dinners at the commune were an excuse to convene, to solve problems and, most importantly, to be together.'
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Not Being Shy

'Everybody wanted to buy a taco made by That Guy, the guy who needed to get away from his girlfriend so bad that he basically dug a hole in the ground where he could finally have a little peace.'

Of Immediate Interest

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Five Dials in Posters

Nat Damm has designed posters for Slayer, Peter Murphy, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Legendary Pink Dots, Sharon van Etten and -- what? -- Justin Bieber. This is a collection of his work for Five Dials.
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Number 27b

Fresh new poetry from the UK's finest: Tim Cockburn, Heather Phillipson, Nathan Hamilton, Emily Berry, Olly Todd, Luke Kennard, Oli Hazzard and James Brookes. It's all pedagogical.
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Number 18

A celebration of the writer's life. Featuring roast fillet of pork with fresh sorrel melted in cooking juices, braised endive and a salad of peaches and redcurrants. Plus Aliette Martin.
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Number 12

The Utterly Broken Britain issue. Featuring artwork from Paul Davis, a list from Ernest Hemingway and reportage from Dan Hancox. Plus Jeremy Gavron, Brenda Walker, Colin Elford and James Robertson

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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