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Euphoria: up the Sepik River with Margaret Mead

Euphoria: up the Sepik River with Margaret Mead

We have spent many months swooning over the cover of Euphoria by Lily King. Initial moment of admiration over, we tried to guess what the picture was of: a parrot's feathers? an artist's paint tray? a painting?

None of the above.

Friday poem: 'The Darkling Thrush'

Friday poem: 'The Darkling Thrush'

by Thomas Hardy

I leant upon a coppice gate
     When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
     The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
     Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
     Had sought their household fires.

A first glimpse at The Way Things Were by Aatish Taseer

Next February, we're publishing Aatish Taseer's latest novel, The Way Things Were. Set in modern day Delhi with flashbacks to private and political events from the past forty years, it's a wonderful story that sweeps from analysis of language to family frailties. 

Here's Aatish talking about the book for the first time.

Electricity starring Agyness Deyn

Electricity starring Agyness Deyn

Electricity tells the story of Lily, whose epilepsy means she's used to seeing the world in terms of angles – you look at every surface, you weigh up every corner, and you think of your head slamming into it – but what would she be like without her sharp edges? Prickly, spiky, up-front honest and down-to-earth practical, Lily is thirty, and life's not easy but she gets by. Needing no-one and asking for nothing, it's just her and her epilepsy: her constant companion.

The screenplay, starring Agyness Deyn, is adapted from Ray Robinson's novel that we first published in 2006. 

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