Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels and three collections of short stories including Talking it Over, England, England, Love, etc and Arthur & George. His most recent book, The Sense of an Ending, was published in 2011 and won the Booker Prize.
Emma Bovary’s Eyes
‘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.
‘They had dined well at no. 261 Landstrasse, and now passed eagerly into the music room.’
‘We still miss Miss Winstanley very much. She was a lovely lady, and certainly the life and soul of the party around Pilcher House during her time here.‘