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The female gays
"The female gays were quite young. Well, they didn’t look old yet."
"Rebecca spots Elizabeth’s name on the corner of a church pew. She is startled, yes, but not surprised."
On Meatless Days
Kamila Shamsie on an overlooked classic
Kamila Shamsie in celebration of an overlooked gem – a memoir about what people do to our lives by being in them, and by ceasing to be in them.
The End of the Story
"I did not know where he was. I had told him something that shocked him."
The Commission Commission for a short story, 300 – 400 words, an interior monologue, from the point of view of Ivanka Trump, as she attends a meeting with her
Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus
‘… all unwilled by me, uncalled for, involuntarily, suddenly there broke forth my peculiar inheritance – these wings of mine! Still adolescent, as yet … and moi
Here Comes Trouble
Here Comes Trouble charts the collapse of a fictitious country, as witnessed by a seventeen-year-old boy, Ellis. In this excerpt, set during the celebrations of
The Moth Emporium
It had been five years since I went into the costume shop. It was only a few blocks away from my mother’s house, but I always hurried my pace when I walked past
Martha Sprackland in the best second-hand bookshop in town
‘When I saw the sea after many months it was such a meeting’ A while ago I took my boyfriend up north, to spend a weekend in the seaside town I grew up in. We
‘Writing fiction is a form of travel’
Mohsin Hamid on Exit West, migration, empathy and a certain fantastic fox
Five Dials reached Mohsin Hamid via Skype in his home in Lahore. The connection from British Columbia to Pakistan was not perfect, so after the interview was do
Reading the Classics
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To find your favourite book, you must translate. By Javier Marías
Rewriting is not only a way of appropriating a text, of adopting and endorsing it, it’s also the best, most exact, most alert, most certain way of reading it.