Essex clay could be like living flesh or a cold dead wall. We could punch it, climb it, cut it, try to mould it, try not to offend it, but the clay was permanent like nothing else. Half a century ago, behind the back door of a semi-detached house on the Marconi works estate, a mile from Chelmsford…
Best of Best of Young American Novelists
This extract from Sherman Alexie’s second novel Indian Killer follows a boy stolen from his family and adopted into another.
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John Freeman interviews Daniel Alarcón about book piracy in Peru.
Books I Read This Year
Ross Raisin, Taiye Selasi, Claire Vaye Watkins, Peter Stothard, Edmund White, Andrew Miller, Tan Twan Eng
A selection of Granta contributors discuss the books they read in 2012.
‘It was my child’s outlook to think most things were right. And yet if life’s eternal drama is of events seeking a more perfect state, their life and mine was not that.’
Vinyl Road Trip
After an unexpected email, David Flusfeder heads to Detroit to discover his father’s history and the world of vinyl manufacturing.