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Just As It Was
‘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. ’
Best Book of 2001: Natural Goodness
Julian Baggini on why Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness is the best book of 2001.
Best Book of 1937: Busman’s Honeymoon
Caroline Crampton on why Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers is the best book of 1937.
Best Book of 2005: Everything Good Will Come
’Pemi Aguda on Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come, the best book of 2005.
Best Book of 1944: Transit
Lauren Aimee Curtis on why Transit by Anna Seghers is the best book of 1944.
In Broad Daylight
Johanna Ekström on memory and assault. Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.
Best Book of 2009: I Am Not Sidney Poitier
Will Ashon on why I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett is the best book of 2009.
Best Book of 1989: A House with Four Rooms
Esther Rutter on why A House with Four Rooms by Rumer Godden is the best book of 1989.
Best Book of 1993: To Live
Jianan Qian on why Yu Hua’s To Live is the best book of 1993.
Best Book of 1982: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Beth Gardiner on why volume one of Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson series is the best book of 1982.
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.’
On Europe | Peter Stamm
Peter Stamm on the Swiss referendum to join the EU. Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann.