‘At nine o’clock the man leaves the flat dressed in an elegant salmon-pink dress’.
Our Lives are Only Lent to Us
‘The two cultures are complementary but in the way that death is to life.’
‘Back in 1976 when I was sixteen, my uncle, the novelist Edmund White, rescued me from the messy aftermath of my parents' divorce and brought me to live with him in New York’.
White Men’s Boats
‘Deo Gratias stood on the deck of the Liemba with his prisoners at his feet. I leaned on the rail, studiously casual.’
Room After Room
‘Her heart is kept in a room with a very expensive security system.’
El Salvador: An Aide-Mémoire
‘Between 1978 and 1981 I travelled between the United States and Salvador, writing reports on the war waiting to happen, drawing blueprints from memory, naming the dead.’
'Our relationship, in fact, hasn't seemed to need more attention to theme or direction but has proceeded or at least persisted on autopilot, like a small plane flying out over a peaceful ocean with no one exactly in command.'
‘Madeleine Granville was standing at the hotel window of the Queen Elizabeth II, trying to decide which tiny car far below on Mansfield Street was her yellow Saab’.
Where Does Writing Come From?
‘Occasionally if pushed or annoyed I'll come right out and say it: I make these little buggers up, that's what. So sue me’.
‘But as I read on a napkin once, between the idea and the act a whole kingdom lies. And I had a hard time with my acts, which were oftentimes offender's acts.’
‘Jack Nicholson, I've heard, used to own one. And I understand why.’
‘Outside on the cold air, flames moved and divided and swarmed the sky. And Sims felt alone in a wide empire, removed and afloat, calmed, as if life was far away now, as if blackness was all around.’
Olympic Drift: making way for the Games
‘Walking around the perimeter of the Olympic site has become an act of remembrance.’
‘Austin turned up the tiny street – rue Sarrazin – at the head of which he hoped he would come to a larger one, one he knew, rue de Vaugirard, possibly, which he could take all the way to Josephine Belliard's apartment by the Luxembourg Gardens.’
‘What happened in 1979 has happened many times before and many times since, in places where people have set themselves free and believed with all their hearts that the freedom they had fought for was real and lasting, only to be recaptured.’
The Last Vet
‘Jalloh likes to keep accurate records of such things. After all, nobody else does.’
Forklift Truck Driver Wins Literary Prize!
‘There are two options for the young writer and employment. There is the proper job, whatever it might be – law, advertising, medicine or the default choice for many, academia. Or there’s the menial, rent-paying job.’
Dreams of a Leisure Society
‘They were citizens of a multidimensional universe and they liked to get high.’
‘The thrill of this film – and it is thrilling – is seeing that understood and played out by actors of incredible skill.’
Adam Foulds | Interview
A short film featuring Adam Foulds, one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists.
A World Intact
‘His life, unexciting as it may have been so far, was still a detailed, complicated thing.’
Adam Foulds | Podcast
Adam Foulds spoke to John Freeman about how he wanted to be a scientist before discovering writing and his time working in a warehouse as a forklift truck driver.
The French Lieutenant’s Diary
‘It was really just one visual idea: a woman standing at the end of the Cobb and staring mysteriously out to sea.’
‘Nothing has changed, Edgar said. What new event is written into their history? None. Where is their future? Nowhere. Are they against or for progress? It was dark when Edgar took the box outside down to the rubbish heap and sprinkled the dead moths upon the ashes of the diseased pawpaw.’ Janet Frame on an unsettling natural process.
The Third Pole
‘I came to the Himalayas not because of a dream of mountains or of animals, but because of a map.’
Shackleton’s Medical Kit
‘Each box was like the distillation of all that we have learned as a species about our bodies and their infirmities, a time capsule of medicine at the start of the twenty-first century.’
The Family Friend
‘We’ve got a lot of family friends but Thorsten has been coming round far too often recently and I wonder whether I shouldn’t tell her that sometime.’
The Development Game
‘We are six on the mission to the North-west Frontier: an old Japanese, a Korean, an American, a Bangladeshi, a Dutch girl, me. ... We've got four weeks to come up with a project for, say, thirty million dollars.’
Dreams of Reason
‘We know that nightmares are unreal, yet they torment us all the same.’