Graham Swift was born in London in 1949.His novels include Waterland, Shuttlecock and Last Orders (Picador/Vintage) which won the Booker Prize in 1996. His most recent novel, England and Other Stories, was published in 2014. He was one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 1983.
About the Eel
‘When I think of menopause I don’t think of hot flashes; I am not here to talk about hot flashes.’ Mary Ruefle on menopause.
Urvashi Butalia on the life of transgender Mona Ahmed and her search for a feminine identity.
The Weak Spot
‘Murder class was the new thing, but of course they didn’t call it that. They called it Specialised Life Skills for Girls.’ – Sophie Mackintosh
woman is a construct
‘woman is basically meant / to be a residential complex’ – A poem by Angélica Freitas, translated from the Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan.
Rachel Cusk on motherhood, marriage and separation.
Our Nicky’s Heart
‘Frank Randall had three sons: Michael, Eddy and Mark. That was fine by him‘.
Fishing, Writing and Ted: An Appreciation
‘Sometimes it haunts you like a knell, sometimes it's the motto for unimagined privilege.’
Making an Elephant
‘The death of a father is, in most cases, an inevitable passage of life.’