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What it's like to be almost English

What it's like to be almost English

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Charlotte Mendelson reads from her novel Almost English and talks to Claire Armitstead about the awkwardness of being a teenager, why she likes writing about families, and her own experience of Englishness. 

Shakespeare, plagues, and a post-apocalyptic novel

Shakespeare, plagues, and a post-apocalyptic novel

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

On the eve of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, people around the world are preparing to celebrate the Bard and his plays. But what is it about his work that means we still celebrate not only his plays, but also his birthday? Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, Station Eleven, features a travelling theatre company that only performs plays by Shakespeare, and perhaps the reason she chose those plays goes some way to answering that question.

Returning to London

Returning to London

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

As she prepares to come over to London for the publication of her debut novel, Life Drawing, at the end of April, Robin Black remembers the first time she visited the city. Photo (c) Paul Arps, flickr.com.

The answers to life's big questions

The answers to life's big questions

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick on how being thrown in at Hollywood's deep end led him to ask yet more big questions. And the answers? Well, you'll just have to read on.

In the waiting room

In the waiting room

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

The waiting room is not as I imagined it. Not a big square room lined with chairs, whitewashed, faceless. It’s more like a tiny conservatory; large windows instead of an outside wall, a sloping, snug little space clinging onto the side of the house. This isn’t what I expect from a psychiatrist’s office. I’m disappointed before we’ve even begun.

Rebecca Wait, author of The View on the Way Down, on her own experience of going to a psychotherapist as an eighteen-year-old.

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