Five Dials

Five People Talking About One Thing

On jokes. Featuring Tom Basden (Fresh Meat, Peep Show), Hephzibah Anderson, David Essig, and a guy eating fermented soy beans. Music by Faunaflage.

Number 39

Deborah Levy on David Bowie, Molly Prentiss makes dinner her ritual, two poems by Sophie Collins, new fiction (set in Toronto) by Jessica Westhead and a dispatch from a bike courier. Plus: smart people.

Number 38

Jason Burke on Islamic militancy, Paul Theroux on Southern literature, Margaret Eby on A Confederacy of Dunces, Paul Murray on Irish finances and also the greatest transgendered surfer of all time.

Number 37

Aislinn Hunter on handwriting, Jack Underwood on poetic intent, Brian Dillon reintroduces Cyril Connolly and Alexander Larman investigates the sexual and sybaritic abandon of Lord Rochester.

Number 36

Roger Deakin follows the swallows, David Quentin throws rocks in the sky and Robert Macfarlane lists glorious natural terms. Plus W.G. Sebald, Jay Griffiths and Rachel Lichtenstein.

Number 35

Outtakes, rough sketches, first ideas, one-offs, research frames, photographs, scraps of dialogue and washes of colour from the making of Richard McGuire's groundbreaking graphic novel, Here.

Number 34

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Nick Hornby, Stuart Evers, Emily Berry, Sigmund Freud, Tom Basden, Sunita Soliar and Kit Buchan. Excellent Irish fiction from Colin Barrett, plus paintings by Margaux Williamson.

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.

Number 33

The first of our collaborations with @readwoman2014. Featuring Jenni Fagan, new poetry by Susan Barbour, fiction by Rachel Genn and Lauren Elkin on the complexity of the desperate theatre girl.

Number 32b

An addendum to our wildly successful New Zealand issue. An opportunity to publish Janet Frame and feature the artworks of Shane Cotton.

Five Dials

Five Dials is a free online literary magazine from Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books.