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Fiction | The Online Edition

A Stiff Flame from the Neck

Kathryn Scanlan

‘I gripped her and struck the wheel on her neck, but I couldn’t get it to spark.’
A story by Kathryn Scanlan.

Fiction | The Online Edition

A Page Pounded Clean

Kathryn Scanlan

‘There was no shriek, no gore, but the tail – it looked electrically charged.’
A story by Kathryn Scanlan.

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Chase Scene

Dodie Bellamy

Dodie Bellamy remembers her partner, the poet Kevin Killian.

Fiction | The Online Edition

Sleeping Beauty

Laura Demers

‘It’s normal not to be offered anything to eat or drink when you are a princess.’

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Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Mr Brown, Mrs White and Ms Black

Kei Miller

‘Yes, Ms Black. Mrs White and Mr Brown have arrived.’

An new essay by poet Kei Miller, from his forthcoming collection.

Fiction | The Online Edition

The Coming Bad Days

Sarah Bernstein

‘I began to appreciate being amongst things that were mine only. I cleaned with a puritanical zeal.’

An excerpt from Sarah Bernstein’s debut novel, The Coming Bad Days.

Fiction | The Online Edition

Second Place

Rachel Cusk

‘I stepped around as joyfully as a faun in a forest on the first day of creation.’

An excerpt from Rachel Cusk’s new novel.

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Court Sketcher

Hatty Nestor

How do court sketch artists influence our sympathies?

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

When Denmark Criminalised Kindness

Lisbeth Zornig Andersen

‘We now know that it is a criminal offence to help refugees in distress.’

Arts House

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Pebbles

Max Porter

A new story by Max Porter – part of our series in partnership with The Arts House, Singapore.

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Confusion of Tongues

Fernanda Melchor

‘For a long time I avoided saying his name.’

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Pourquoi avec son Père?

Jeet Thayil

‘To read Baudelaire, he said, is to gather up the world and bring it inside.’

Jeet Thayil on remembering Baudelaire in Paris and Cochin.

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Tiki Girl

Amanda Lee Koe

‘One learns not to hold on too tightly to anything in Singapore’

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Some Trouble

Sharlene Teo

Sharlene Teo on getting in trouble – part of a new series, in partnership with The Arts House, Singapore.

News, Prizes and Events

Prize

National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honorees Published by Granta

Caleb Azumah Nelson, Nathan Harris, Lee Lai and Claire Luchette are all contributors to Granta and are all honorees of the 2021 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35.

Event

5×15 and Granta 157: Should We Have Stayed at Home? New Travel Writing

Online on Monday 29 November, 5x15 hosts Granta contributors Jason Allen-Paisant, Bathsheba Demuth, Taran N. Khan and Ben Mauk as they describe four extraordinary journeys, and reflect on the meaning of travel in 2021. Chaired by guest editor William Atkins.

Prize

A Passage North Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2021

A Passage North, Anuk Arudpragasam's second novel, is shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2021.