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Best Book of 2003: The Curious Life of Robert Hooke
Daisy Hildyard on why Lisa Jardine's The Curious Life of Robert Hooke is the best book of 2003.
Best Book of 1981: Lanark
Lorna Gibb on why Alasdair Gray's Lanark is the best book of 1981.
‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
‘I liked the way she travelled: with her iPod in one pocket, her traditional Yup’ik woman’s knife, or ulu, in the other.’
An (almost) perfect day
‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
Greg Jackson | First Sentence
‘I am being, I believe, about as forthright as I am being coy.’
The Cage of You
‘They treated their bodies like some exotic animal they’d found fast asleep, beings they needed to wake to truly know.’
A Brief Guide to Gender in India
‘Please be creative. This is only the beginning.’
After Zero Hour
‘It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’
The Battle for Kessab
‘No Armenian can forget 1915. From 24 April 1915, which Armenians commemorate as the beginning of a slaughter that in fact started earlier, the Ottoman Empire killed between 650,000 and 1.5 million Armenians in their homes, on death marches and in concentration camps.’
Introduction: India – Another Way of Seeing
Ian Jack's introduction to Granta 130: India.