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Scattered All Over the Earth
‘You don’t understand. The country where I used to live is now gone.’
‘There was the enamel pail of blood. She couldn’t think what she had done with it.’
An excerpt from Alex Hyde’s debut novel.
An excerpt from Earthlings, translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori.
Notes on Craft
‘The scrubbing of floors or rugs. People down on their knees, “tamping” the stain.’ Alex Hyde on the everyday gestures that make a life.
‘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.’