Five Dials

Number 54

The class of 2020. Ingrid Persaud opens her reading diary. Sarah Elaine Smith lists titles. Avni Doshi explains Burnt Sugar. Fiction from Elaine Feeney. Plus Amina Cain, Patrick Freyne, An Yu, Nazanine Hozar, Niamh Campbell, Deepa Anaparra and a couple poems by Will Harris.

Number 53

Wise writing advice from Lydia Davis. Nathalie Olah on Edna O'Brien. Stanley Donwood and Robert Macfarlane's wild novella. Philippe Besson on Marguerite Duras. Plus Benjamin Markovits on the slow beauty of cricket.

Number 52

A warning from Extinction Rebellion. Helon Habila on the migrations of our time. Poetry from Andrew McMillan and Rachael Allen. Artwork from Jackie Morris. Plus Julian Hoffman, Stig Dagerman, and short fiction about a sentient block of wood.

Number 51

New short fiction from Eley Williams, Joe Stretch and Chris Killen, plus an interview with Emilie Pine, an essay by Joanna Kavenna and a new assessment of Wide Sargasso Sea by Sara Collins. Plus new poetry from Jana Prikryl and Keisha Thompson.

Number 50

Finally, our own awards show. It’s 1/17th as long as the Oscars. And more entertaining. Plus an interview with Bernardine Evaristo and an introduction to Heinrich Böll.

The Five Dials Awards

Bernardine Evaristo Anna Funder Candice Carty-Williams Robert Macfarlane Leanne Betasamosake Simpson Joe Dunthorne Olivia Laing Chris Power Heinrich Böl... Read more

‘Older black women, who writes about that?’

Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction. Her other writing includes short fiction, drama, poetry, essays, li... Read more

Number 49

Poetry from Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Marlon James on how to construct a fantastical world. Comics by Gord Hill. Lara Williams on eggs. Plus Tana French, Gregory Younging, Yiyun Li, Johny Pitts, Alan Trotter and artwork by Christi Belcourt. And a recipe for tamalitos.

On Glitchessssssssssssssss

Welcome to our glitched issue. Download the PDF for new and exc&ting material from Joe Moran, Niamh Campbell, Adam Phillip5, S0phie Mackintosh and Stanl8y Donwood.

Number 48

Sam Byers on Autechre, new fiction from Niamh Campbell, artwork from Stanley Donwood, a treat for Scorpios from Sophie Mackintosh and an interview with Adam Phillips

Number 47

A special issue of unfurling illustrations by the artist Paul Davis. As you scroll down through the issue you’ll see ink drawings, pen drawings, paintings of volcanoes, sculpture and, thankfully, more than one flowchart. Look for a gloriously murky painting of the Thames.

Who Rules the World

‘If you remember Chomsky is relevant, that his thinking might have shaped you in some dusty moment in the past, go back to the text.’
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