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Absolution

Adriana Carranca

A former child soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army tells his story.

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The Knowledge

Barclay Bram

Barclay Bram on the infamous London black cab exam, and how communal knowledge is changing.

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The Beach

Laura Cumming

An excerpt from On Chapel Sands, which has recently been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020.

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Red Sands

Caroline Crampton

‘They appear against the horizon as the boat slowly sweeps closer into the estuary.’

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Jem Calder | Notes on Craft

Jem Calder

‘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.

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A Portrait of My Mother

Michael Collins

Photographer Michael Collins on his mother’s life following a series of strokes.

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Binyavanga

Pwaangulongii Dauod

‘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.

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The Second Career of Michael Riegels

Oliver Bullough

‘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.

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The Third Rainbow Girl

Emma Copley Eisenberg

‘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.

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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.

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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.

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Best Book of 2001: Natural Goodness

Julian Baggini

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

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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.

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Best Book of 1944: Transit

Lauren Aimee Curtis

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