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‘We are all creatures of slime, but some of us are more creative than others’.
An excerpt from the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, Slime.
Indigenous Defenders: Why Tribes Do Conservation Better Than Conservationists
A chapter from A Trillion Trees: How We Can Reforest Our World.
Appamma in London
An excerpt from A Passage North, longlisted for the Booker Prize.
Ceremony of Innocence
A journalist receives a troubling call about a friend in this excerpt from Madeleine Bunting’s new novel Ceremony of Innocence.
Comrade Aeon’s Field Guide to Bangkok
‘Comrade Aeon had been changed by his years in the jungle.’
Translated from the Norwegian by Martin Aitken, an excerpt from The Child by Kjersti A. Skomsvold.
‘I often had head lice as a child. Outbreaks circulated around my primary school on a seasonal basis.’
A new essay from the author of The Manningtree Witches.
My Father’s Letters
‘Very often, family memories from Soviet citizens who lived through the first half of the twentieth century are limited to a couple of letters, and perhaps one or two photographs or documents, hidden in a biscuit tin or tucked away in an old briefcase up in the attic.’
An Ounce of Gold and Máxima Acuña Atalaya
‘To end up with an ounce of gold – enough to make a wedding ring – you need to extract fifty tonnes of earth, or the contents of forty removal lorries.’
‘I’m not sure I even thought of him as a person, really. He was more just this – phenomenon.’
The Mezzanine, or: The Most Important Book About Nothing You’ll Ever Read
‘It’s like taking an escalator trip into someone else’s mind for an hour, finding nothing of actual substance up there, and realising, as you retreat mournfully back into your own skull, that there’s nothing there, either.’
Notes on Craft
‘While writing we recover memories, recover moods, and we start to interpret them.’
‘In 2000 the Disability Rights Commission was founded, to push for equal rights for disabled people. It had a major job on its hands, listening to and acting on individual cases – access, transport, discrimination – and getting the 2005 Disability Discrimination Act onto the statute book.’