‘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.
‘It seems clear to me that during the past ten years, Russia has reached the apex of its estrangement from Europe.’ Translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon.
‘Migration will not stop: if there is a single lesson to be taken home from Lesbos it is that.’
Sylvie Weil on what it means to take a literary selfie. Translated from the French by Ros Schwartz.
‘The whole experience of writing this was enjoyable, as is the entire seriousness with which I take myself.’ New fiction by Diane Williams
‘The tiny daisies were scored by the shadows of the slats of the venetian blinds and the stripes were shivering.’ Diane Williams.
‘I shift my weight right, where the hammer hangs down. Then left, then right, then left again.’
‘Vita thought she saw a handgun in her father’s underwear drawer.’
‘I realized that neither revenge nor compulsive storytelling would release me from this pain.’
Ed Vulliamy on the nine best songs to listen to while you write.
‘Despite the sheer and uncommunicable amount of violence enacted upon the female body throughout history, it’s woman as terroriser, as beast, that we keep coming back to.’
‘Just look at those nasty trees flaunt / their leaves, each one a tra-la-la.’
‘She remembered being happy off and on that day, and then looking at things and finding it all unkind.’
‘Self-doubt, which is a cousin to self-hatred, became my constant companion.’
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