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Andrea Mullaney | Interview

Andrea Mullaney

‘To move past the ugly parts of history, you have to acknowledge them, on all sides, and this is what I think historical fiction can do so well: show how we got from there to here.’

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi | Five Things Right Now

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

‘The only recurring emotion I remember experiencing was a kind of manic delight at procrastinating.’

Bill Morgan | Interview

Bill Morgan

‘We’ve fallen out of the habit of writing out our lives for one another, and instead we just pick up the phone.’

Catherine Lacey | Five Things Right Now

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

D.T. Max | Podcast

D.T. Max

D.T. Max on about why ‘David always wanted to be one David’, the solace he found in twelve-step programmes and what his use of wiper-fluid, on a car ride with Jonathan Franzen, reveals about his prose style.

Daniel Magariel | Five Things Right Now

Daniel Magariel

Daniel Magariel shares five things he’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

Daniyal Mueenuddin | Interview

Daniyal Mueenuddin

‘Great translations are much rarer than great works of fiction or poetry.’

Diana McCaulay | Interview

Diana McCaulay

‘I want my writing to be grounded in the real and complex place, without nostalgia or idealization.’

Dina Nayeri | Interview

Dina Nayeri

‘I could shape a story before my mouth could shape the words.’

Dinaw Mengestu | Interview

Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu talks about how he came to write ‘Big Money’, his contribution to Granta 108, his forthcoming novel, his relationship with his hometown, Chicago, and his inspiration as a writer.

Elizabeth McCracken | Interview

Elizabeth McCracken

‘This week John Freeman spoke to Best Young American Novelist Elizabeth McCracken about her works-in-progress, a novel that broke up into six short stories, and her contribution to Granta’s latest issue.’

Emma Martin | Interview

Emma Martin

‘I’ve occasionally caught a kind of self-consciousness stalking me when I write about New Zealand.’

F. Scott Fitzgerald Reads John Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’

Luke Neima

Not long before he died on 21 December 1940, F. Scott Fitzgerald recorded himself reading a version of John Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’.

Five Things Right Now: April Ayers Lawson

April Ayers Lawson

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

Five Things Right Now: Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado, author of ‘The Husband Stitch’, shares five links to what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

Five Things Right Now: Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP and author of Honorable Friends?, shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.

Five Things Right Now: Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky, author of the poetry collection, Rome, shares five links of what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

Five Things Right Now: Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation, shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.

Five Things Right Now: Katherine Faw Morris

Katherine Faw Morris

Evie Wyld shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.

Five Things Right Now: Kelly Link

Kelly Link

Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble shares five links to what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

Five Things Right Now: Melissa Lee-Houghton

Melissa Lee-Houghton

‘It thrills and delights me that I can now watch concerts I would’ve given several fingers to go to in the ’90s, albeit wonky though these videos are.’

Five Things Right Now: Noelle Kocot

Noelle Kocot

‘This is not only poetic, to think of the Creator as a big bird, but also quite mysterious.’

Five Things Right Now: Siobhán Mannion

Siobhán Mannion

Siobhán Mannion shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

Five Things Right Now: Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli, published her most recent novel, The Story of My Teeth, last month. She shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

Gadi Taub | Best Untranslated Writers

Etgar Keret

‘At first, I thought the best way to introduce Gadi Taub’s powerful novel would be through its sophisticated and twist-filled plot. But the hard hitting story isn’t half as complex and unique as its protagonists.’

Ghost Species | Video

Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane discusses his piece ‘Ghost Species’, published in Granta 102, and reflects on the future of nature writing.

Interviews of the Boys from the War

Daniel Kon

‘But you had to be on the islands to know what it was really all about.’

Karl Ove Knausgaard | The Proust Questionnaire

Karl Ove Knausgaard

'What is your most unappealing habit? Maybe all the brain-like chewing gums I leave behind everywhere I work.'

Kseniya Melnik | Five Things Right Now

Kseniya Melnik

Kseniya Melnik, chosen in 2010 as a Granta New Voice, shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

Lillian Li | Interview

Lillian Li

‘I don’t think I ever learned how to tell a story in the literal sense.’

Michael Mendis | Interview

Michael Mendis

‘Mostly, writing is part of my process of understanding the world.’

Nadifa Mohamed | Interview

Nadifa Mohamed

A short film featuring Nadifa Mohamed, one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists.

Nicole Krauss In Conversation

Nicole Krauss

‘The ancient stories we tell, as beautiful as they may be, also serve to shape our conventions about who we think we are or should be’

Rewriting the Rules of the Game

Ian Leslie

Ian Leslie on Barack Obama's election in 2008 and forthcoming administration.