Unbury Our Dead with Song
A Kenyan journalist falls in love with the Tizita, popularly called Ethiopian blues, in this extract from Mũkoma Wa Ngũgĩ’s new novel.
The Disappearance of Mumma Dell
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for the region of the Caribbean
Comrade Aeon’s Field Guide to Bangkok
‘Comrade Aeon had been changed by his years in the jungle.’
From Claire Luchette, author of Agatha of Little Neon.
My Father’s Lover Was Never the Stepdad I Wanted Him to Be
A letter to footballer Justin Fashanu – excerpted from Isabel Waidner’s novel Sterling Karat Gold.
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize from the region of Canada and Europe.
I Cleaned the –
Overall winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, as well as winner for the region of Asia.
‘My mother was always telling me over the phone about people who had recently died.’
An excerpt from Natasha Brown’s debut novel.
‘He was a tossed coin, two faces alternating to catch the light.’
A story by Mai Nardone.
The Great Mistake
‘The first attempt on the life of Andrew Green had occurred on Thanksgiving Day in 1873.’
An excerpt from the new novel by Jonathan Lee.
Granddaughter of the Octopus
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for the region of Africa.
People Who Live Here
‘Another man dithering around six foot two had recently moved in.’
A story by Holly Pester, author of Comic Timing.
The Woman in the Purple Skirt
An excerpt from The Woman in the Purple Skirt, which won the 2019 Akutagawa Prize.