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A former child soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army tells his story.
Barclay Bram on the infamous London black cab exam, and how communal knowledge is changing.
An excerpt from On Chapel Sands, which has recently been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020.
‘They appear against the horizon as the boat slowly sweeps closer into the estuary.’
Jem Calder | Notes on Craft
‘I wrote in the address bar of my web browser, in spreadsheet cells, in emails I addressed to myself.’ Jem Calder on writing fiction at his day job.
A Portrait of My Mother
Photographer Michael Collins on his mother’s life following a series of strokes.
‘There are many writers, including myself, who owe their careers to Binyavanga. He was the most generous writer of his generation.’
Pwaangulongii Dauod remembers the late Binyavanga Wainaina.
The Second Career of Michael Riegels
‘The new law was technical and complicated, but created something genuinely new: the international business company, a hyper-deregulated shell corporation.’
Oliver Bullough investigates the history of shell companies in the British Virgin Islands.
The Third Rainbow Girl
‘I felt ruined by my time in Pocahontas County – no other place would ever be so good.’
An excerpt from Emma Copley Eisenberg’s The Third Rainbow Girl.
Goat-Herd Errant: Jim Corbett and the American borderlands
‘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 1963: The Group
‘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 2001: Natural Goodness
Julian Baggini on why Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness is the best book of 2001.
Best Book of 1937: Busman’s Honeymoon
Caroline Crampton on why Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers is the best book of 1937.