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Best Book of 1928: Quicksand

Lucy Ives

Lucy Ives argues that Nella Larsen – author of ‘terse, obsessively observed fiction’ – penned the best book of 1928.

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Best book of 1962: The Pumpkin Eater

Nicole Flattery

Nicole Flattery on why Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater is the best book of 1962.

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Best Book of 1982: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Beth Gardiner

Beth Gardiner on why volume one of Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson series is the best book of 1982.

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Best Book of 1921: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Will Harris

‘I wanted to understand the world and why it hurt, and soon I stumbled on the Tractatus’ Will Harris on the best book of 1921.

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Best Book of 1934: Bruno Schulz’s Cinnamon Shops (Sklepy cynamonowe)  

David Hayden

David Hayden on why Bruno Schulz’s Cinnamon Shops (Sklepy cynamonowe) is the best book of 1934.

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Best Book of 2005: Zadie Smith’s On Beauty

Caoilinn Hughes

Caoilinn Hughes on why Zadie Smith’s On Beauty is the best book of 2005

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Eli Goldstone | Five Things Right Now

Eli Goldstone

‘The closest I come to meditating is sitting in front of a tumble dryer with a dead magazine.’

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Sarah Gerard | Five Things Right Now

Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard on Leonora Carrington, shoegaze music and gaslighting.

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Ken Follett Reads ‘Bad Faith’

Ken Follett

Ken Follett reads his piece, ‘Bad Faith’, from Granta 137

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Five Things Right Now: Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones

‘A pair of seagulls. I say a pair. They might just be good friends.’

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Five Things Right Now: Renee Gladman

Renee Gladman

‘I go here to slow everything down, to study shadow in a space of dreaming.’

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Five Things Right Now: Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos

‘I don’t care if anyone is watching and that’s the point.’

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Rachel B. Glaser | Five Things Right Now

Rachel B. Glaser

Rachel B. Glaser shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

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Five Things Right Now: Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.