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The Medical Detective
An extract from Sandra Hempel’s The Medical Detective, which follows the story of the man who identified – and helped stop – the cholera pandemic of the 1830s.
From the Spanish Flu to Covid-19
‘Understanding how the world could be so ravaged in 1918 may give us more chance of coping with the current pandemic.’
Reina James compares our response to Covid-19 to the reaction to the Spanish Flu in 1918.
‘They appear against the horizon as the boat slowly sweeps closer into the estuary.’
‘The next editor of the university newspaper was chosen each year by a panel.’
A new short story by Frances Leviston, from her forthcoming collection The Voice in My Ear.
The Great Homecoming
Read an excerpt from The Great Homecoming by Anna Kim, a novel of love and loss in the wake of the Korean war.
Don’t Look at Me Like That
‘When I was at school I used to think that everyone disliked me, and it wasn’t far from true.’
‘I was suckled by Mother Earth, he would reflect on occasion, and he would stretch, feeling new strength in his veins.’
‘It got into you. How many scrapes had he seen? How many wrecks?’ New fiction from Will Boast.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones
Edoardo Albert, author of Warrior, writes about five archaeological findings that brought the past to life.
An Online Reader
The seven must-read Rebecca Solnit essays.
Nina Leger | Notes on Craft
‘To say nothing about her was the only way to allow her to be everything.’
Stuck in Trees (with Apologies to Ian Frazier)
‘On 8 January 2018, I noticed a large bunch of purple balloons in a tree near my apartment building.’