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Just As It Was

Lucy Scholes

‘Unnatural is as fitting a term as any to describe the life Athill went on to lead, in that the choices she makes continually push against the conventions of her upbringing, class and gender. ’

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Best Book of 2001: Natural Goodness

Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini on why Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness is the best book of 2001.

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Best Book of 1937: Busman’s Honeymoon

Caroline Crampton

Caroline Crampton on why Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers is the best book of 1937.

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Best Book of 2005: Everything Good Will Come

’Pemi Aguda

’Pemi Aguda on Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come, the best book of 2005.

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Best Book of 1944: Transit

Lauren Aimee Curtis

Lauren Aimee Curtis on why Transit by Anna Seghers is the best book of 1944.

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In Broad Daylight

Johanna Ekström

Johanna Ekström on memory and assault. Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.

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Best Book of 2009: I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Will Ashon  

Will Ashon on why I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett is the best book of 2009.

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Best Book of 1989: A House with Four Rooms

Esther Rutter

Esther Rutter on why A House with Four Rooms by Rumer Godden is the best book of 1989.

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Best Book of 1993: To Live

Jianan Qian

Jianan Qian on why Yu Hua’s To Live is the best book of 1993.

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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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Mushroom

Rob Doyle

Foraging for the infamous liberty cap mushroom in Dublin.

‘At the root of my interest in both drugs and art was the longing for an encounter with otherness.’

Granta 149, Europe

On Europe | Peter Stamm

Peter Stamm

Peter Stamm on the Swiss referendum to join the EU. Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann.

Granta 149, Europe

A Language of Figs

Sema Kaygusuz

Sema Kaygusuz on the inheritances of genocide and historical memory, and what her own grandmother, a survivor of the Dersim Massacre in Turkey, taught her about life and language.