Best Book of 1900: The Autobiography of Dr William Henry Johnson
‘Johnson is now a ghost of history; he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, but I can’t let him disappear.’
‘In Hollin Hills, we believed our flatware could change the world.’ Jennifer Kabat on the intersection of modernist architecture and espionage.
The Great Wall
‘They've been making every imaginable special case for him for all eternity, they even sing hymns in his honour’.
The Gorilla’s Apprentice
‘Real life was the thin couch he slept on at home. Real life was his mother screaming that he needed to face Real Life.’
Bucket of Eels
‘I was gazing into my empty bowl and realizing how little time it takes to eat when you’re not carrying on a conversation.’
The Best of Young British Novelists
Nadav Kander's stunning portraits of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013.
‘She was both scared about what it meant – a terrible raid; everyone sensed it – and furious with herself for not planning better.’
White | State of Mind
‘I was told that she was a girl, with a face as white as a crescent-moon rice cake.’ New writing from Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith.
from White Butterflies of Night
‘I don’t remember whether I believed that I could just / abandon one life to begin another’
On the Refugee Crisis
‘Europe, my love. You have such a long history; and oftentimes such a short memory.’
A Double-Income Family
When Mrs Mehra leaves Delhi she retires in one of ‘the vast new satellite townships on the eastern fringes of the metropolis’.
I come from a place on your bucket list
Deepti Kapoor on travel, authenticity and the peculiarity of being Indian in Uganda.
Letter From Pondicherry, India
‘When I was growing up in Pondicherry, a former French colony on the south-east coast of India, I would go with my family each Sunday to the beach.‘
A Warsaw Diary
‘In Poland we read every text as allusive; every situation described - even the most remote in time and space - is immediately applied to Poland.’
Warsaw Diary (Part Two: 1983)
‘History as class struggle? As a struggle of systems? Agreed: but history is equally the struggle between culture and the mob, between humanity and bestiality.’
A Tour of Angola
‘You have to learn how to live with the check-points and to respect their customs, if you want to travel without hindrance and reach your destination alive.’
Outline For A Book
‘I have come home from Africa, jumping from a tropical roasting-pit and dropping into a snow-bank.’
‘On the flatbed lies a coffin. Atop the black box is a garland of haggard angels.’
The Snow in Ghana
‘We always carry it to foreign countries, all over the world, our pride and our powerlessness.’
Christmas Eve in Uganda
‘In fact, from the moment I spotted Amin, I made a point of neither accelerating nor slowing down – no turning or stopping.’
Startled In The Dark
‘Morning and dusk are by far the best times of day in Africa. The sun is scorching, but these times allow you to live.'
The Ghost in the Kimono
Deep in the dense volume of Delhi’s history Raghu Kardad investigates ‘the remarkable, untold story of the Japanese in the Old Fort’.
Here Comes the Sun | New Voices
‘It’s more love than anyone has ever felt, I’m sure. I have an urge to donate it to children in Africa, or give it to the girl that works the kiosk in the mall. I’ll give it to a lonely continent.’
‘Whale arrived at work a little after seven with black circles round his eyes’.
Grandma Moore’s Cancer
‘Those are only rumours of suffering. Real suffering has a face and a smell. And it knows your name.’