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The Glitch

Rebekah Frumkin

‘Them and not me, thought EJP. I can be invisible. I’m glitching.’

Sea Bean

Tim Fitts

‘Fred was the type whose worldview gazed through a shadow of things that could go wrong, like most of the South Philly lifers.’

After the War

Patrick French

‘My antipathy to military culture started early and it wasn't helped by living in a garrison town.’

A Letter From Wales

Cynan Jones

‘Believe me – it will be impossible for you not to wonder – when I vow I am entirely sane.’

There’s a Small Hotel

Andrew Holleran

‘Returning to Manhattan was like seeing someone who’d once been your lover but was now with someone else.’

The New Customers

Julian Jackson

‘All the time I could sense the watchful eyes and listening ears at the end of the bar.’

The End of Endings

Steven Hall

‘Entropy is what drives time forwards, and only forwards.’

A World Intact

Adam Foulds

‘His life, unexciting as it may have been so far, was still a detailed, complicated thing.’

The Reservation

Sarah Hall

‘He can dream of fields of unicorns or invest in the reanimation of sabretooth DNA, if the prognostication visits him.’

Interim Zone

Xiaolu Guo

‘His father had sent him into exile.’

Zephyrs

Jenni Fagan

‘Every step forward causes the road behind him to disappear.’

Don’t Fall in Love

Mohsin Hamid

‘She does not stare at you, but when your eyes meet, she does not look away.’

Dreams of a Leisure Society

Adam Foulds

‘They were citizens of a multidimensional universe and they liked to get high.’

The Dinner

Julián Fuks

‘Sebastián can do nothing but seek refuge in his dinner plate.’

A Temporary Stay

Emilio Fraia

‘There doesn’t seem to be any cause and effect.’

Lion

Luisa Geisler

‘The better they were at escaping, the quicker, more daring they were, the harder the cat chased them.’

Still Life

Vinicius Jatobá

‘You see the house and its time, the house and the house alone, though your secrets, your fears and silences still exist there, locked away behind the denseness of the closed doors’

Apnoea

Daniel Galera

‘I could make you promise much worse things.’ Daniel Galera muses on unknown family histories.

Even Pretty Eyes Commit Crimes

M.J. Hyland

‘My father was sitting on my doorstep. He was wearing khaki shorts, his bare head was exposed to the full bore of the sun, and he was holding a pineapple.’

The Third Dumpster

Gish Jen

‘Finally, though, it couldn’t be helped; their parents came for a visit. They looked around stupefied.’

Servitude

Tessa Hadley

‘We had each needed the other for something, which wasn’t kindness or love. We’d both had dry husks for our hearts, that day.’

Radio Story

Anushka Jasraj

‘We have been married five years – too soon for us to take pleasure in each other’s absence.’

Rice Cakes and Starbucks

Esther Freud

‘When the Lindens arrived in Los Angeles it was raining. Not drizzling, or even pouring, but streaming down outside the glass doors of the arrivals lounge in thick, grey sideways slices.’

Lion and Panther in London

Tania James

‘Gama has defeated them all, and more, but how is he to be Champion of the World if this half of the world is in hiding?’

The Dig

Cynan Jones

‘In the car lights he could see just beyond the runs the bodies of cars like some disassembled ghost train littering the field.’

The Grandson of Jesus Christ

Apricot Irving

‘His heart is a tired engine with too many loose screws and faulty wires, not weightless like the tissue-thin kites he used to fly with his grandfather as the string danced between his fingers.’

Suite in Dark Matter

Erin Frances Fisher

‘When her eyes adjust to the dark she sees it is full, so full: the lights from long dead stars churn elliptics, spiral with dying vibrations and decaying harmonics.’

She Murdered Mortal He

Sarah Hall

‘Her old lovers were ghosts. None of them had survived; none were missed.’

A Tale of Two Martyrs

Tahar Ben Jelloun

‘You spend your life swallowing insults.’

Crossbones

Nuruddin Farah

‘In a world in which coercion is the norm, a human trafficker must have underlings as well.’

The Third Mate

Adam Johnson

‘Please translate that this man is about to get shot.’

Zlatka

Maja Hrgović

‘I feel stupid in the wrinkled Mickey Mouse T-shirt.’

The Place of Losses

Rodrigo Hasbún

‘I’m getting a divorce, I’m considering a divorce, I think I want a divorce.’

Gigantomachy

Pablo Gutiérrez

‘There’s no finding a telephone booth with anything more than an amputated cable hanging like a terrible extremity.’

The Survivor

Sònia Hernández

‘I should have died six years ago.’