Granta | The Magazine of New Writing



Late Arrival

Clemens Meyer

Two women working shifts in a train station make a connection in this short story translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire.

Raymond Antrobus | Interview

Raymond Antrobus

‘I can’t tell anyone what to take away from my work, that is what capital L literature is in some ways, a conversation with the ghosts all around us.’

The Shop

Anthony Veasna So

‘I am not saying you cannot be gay. How hard is it to be normal and gay?’

The Normal Life

Dulce Maria Cardoso

‘Blood had started to come out from within, thick and dark blood that forced me to use sanitary pads every month.’


Jeet Thayil

‘Quitting drugs – what an idea. How final and unaccommodating. Like being left without faith or protection in a pagan world.’ An extract from Jeet Thayil’s Low.

No Justice, No Peace

Chris Knapp

Chris Knapp on the systemic racism and violence of the French police, and the grassroots organisations that are campaigning for change.

Goat-Herd Errant: Jim Corbett and the American borderlands

William Atkins

‘The book is a manifesto for the revival of pastoral nomadism – leading goats from pasture to pasture and surviving on their milk and wild plants.’ William Atkins on Jim Corbett’s Goatwalking.

Best Book of 1987: The Door

Hannah Williams

‘Szabó offers a veneration of the rituals of the everyday, for how pride in what we do, in how we give to others, can elevate us.’ Hannah Williams on The Door by Magda Szabó, the best book of 1987.

Best Book of Any Year: A Thousand and One Nights

Mazen Maarouf

Mazen Maarouf on why A Thousand and One Nights is the best book of any year.

Best Book of 2013:
The Crocodiles

Noor Naga

Noor Naga on why The Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha is the best book of 2013.

Best Book of 1928: Quicksand

Lucy Ives

Lucy Ives argues that Nella Larsen – author of ‘terse, obsessively observed fiction’ – penned the best book of 1928.

Don’t Look at Me Like That

Diana Athill

‘When I was at school I used to think that everyone disliked me, and it wasn’t far from true.’

Best Book of 1988:
Bad Behavior

Alan Rossi

Alan Rossi on why Bad Behavior is the best book of 1988.

Best Book of 2014: H is for Hawk

Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma on Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, the best book of 2014.

Best book of 2015: The Argonauts

Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Lucia Osborne-Crowley on why The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson is the best book of 2015.

Best Book of 1993: The Smell of Apples

Magogodi oaMphela Makhene

Magogodi oaMphela Makhene on Mark Behr’s The Smell of Apples.

Best Book of 1963: The Group

Julia Armfield

‘Cigarettes, lorgnons, eggs benedict, cocktails mixed with maple syrup, long spills down Lanvin suits.’ Julia Armfield on why Mary McCarthy’s The Group is the best book of 1963.

Best book of 1962: The Pumpkin Eater

Nicole Flattery

Nicole Flattery on why Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater is the best book of 1962.

Best Book of 1952: The Palm-Wine Drinkard

Sandra Newman

Sandra Newman on why Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard is the best book of 1952.

Just As It Was

Lucy Scholes

‘Unnatural is as fitting a term as any to describe the life Athill went on to lead, in that the choices she makes continually push against the conventions of her upbringing, class and gender. ’

Best Book of 2001: Natural Goodness

Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini on why Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness is the best book of 2001.

Best Book of 1937: Busman’s Honeymoon

Caroline Crampton

Caroline Crampton on why Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers is the best book of 1937.

The Hypocrites

Mehdi Tavana Okasi

‘Inshallah, one day I will return your every kindness.’ What does it mean to be American in Mehdi Tavana Okasi’s new story.

Best Book of 2005: Everything Good Will Come

’Pemi Aguda

’Pemi Aguda on Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come, the best book of 2005.

Best Book of 1944: Transit

Lauren Aimee Curtis

Lauren Aimee Curtis on why Transit by Anna Seghers is the best book of 1944.

In Broad Daylight

Johanna Ekström

Johanna Ekström on memory and assault. Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.

Best Book of 2009: I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Will Ashon  

Will Ashon on why I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett is the best book of 2009.

Best Book of 1989: A House with Four Rooms

Esther Rutter

Esther Rutter on why A House with Four Rooms by Rumer Godden is the best book of 1989.

Best Book of 1993: To Live

Jianan Qian

Jianan Qian on why Yu Hua’s To Live is the best book of 1993.


Caleb Klaces

‘A typical child feels dangerously.’ New fiction from Caleb Kraces.

Best Book of 1982: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Beth Gardiner

Beth Gardiner on why volume one of Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson series is the best book of 1982.

On Europe | Peter Stamm

Peter Stamm

Peter Stamm on the Swiss referendum to join the EU. Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann.