Best Book of 2003: The Curious Life of Robert Hooke
Daisy Hildyard on why Lisa Jardine's The Curious Life of Robert Hooke is the best book of 2003.
Best Book of 1981: Lanark
Lorna Gibb on why Alasdair Gray's Lanark is the best book of 1981.
‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
‘I liked the way she travelled: with her iPod in one pocket, her traditional Yup’ik woman’s knife, or ulu, in the other.’
An (almost) perfect day
‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
‘If you require further specifications, please consult your local supplier. They will be happy to help.’
Greg Jackson | First Sentence
‘I am being, I believe, about as forthright as I am being coy.’
Five Things Right Now: Petina Gappah
Petina Gappah shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
‘There were rules to the game. I could not lose my virginity and I had to be careful not to let a boy go further than I wanted to.’
‘Hara had stumbled on a kind of play, as if they were sisters left alone by their parents for the first time to explore the different ways a day could be deconstructed.‘
The Cage of You
‘They treated their bodies like some exotic animal they’d found fast asleep, beings they needed to wake to truly know.’
woman is a construct
‘woman is basically meant / to be a residential complex / all the same / all plastered over / just in different colors’
‘He’s not himself’, Mum says in the kitchen. Well, who is he then? Is he 40 per cent of his young self? Ten? Do I still have to love him as much as ever, this 90 per cent stranger?
Every Person’s Little Treasure
‘It occurred to Ana that this was a woman who often left things hanging.’
Dreamed in Stone
’You were a chasm that cracked and turned into stones, and then the stones lay there, beautifully laid, in a wall.‘
After Zero Hour
‘It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’
In her series Observatoires, Noémie Goudal places stairs, pyramids and domes in natural, isolated, timeless spaces.
The Battle for Kessab
‘No Armenian can forget 1915. From 24 April 1915, which Armenians commemorate as the beginning of a slaughter that in fact started earlier, the Ottoman Empire killed between 650,000 and 1.5 million Armenians in their homes, on death marches and in concentration camps.’
Release the Darkness to New Lichen
‘otherwise it is all otherwise I’m lost, did I say that’
‘The aim of this study is to visualise a means of understanding the essential aspects of a literary text’
Sarah Hall | Five Things Right Now
Sarah Hall, a Granta Best of Young British Novelist, shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.
‘Like scraps of leather, oddly shaped, things from life, people and sayings and objects, found themselves spliced together.’
‘The moment I see these portraits, my first thought is: Let’s make it for suitable for the twenty-first century.’
Sanjay Nagar Blues
‘motorcyclists like to howl / and dogs drop bulging bags of garbage / from their mouths when they see other dogs / they want to mount’
Anjali Joseph | First Sentence
‘I kept returning to the Beckett stories, a favourite since I came upon them in my late teens.’