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Unbury Our Dead with Song

Mũkoma Wa Ngũgĩ

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

Roland Watson-Grant

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for the region of the Caribbean

Comrade Aeon’s Field Guide to Bangkok

Emma Larkin

‘Comrade Aeon had been changed by his years in the jungle.’

Upper Extremity

Claire Luchette

From Claire Luchette, author of Agatha of Little Neon.

My Father’s Lover Was Never the Stepdad I Wanted Him to Be

Isabel Waidner

A letter to footballer Justin Fashanu – excerpted from Isabel Waidner’s novel Sterling Karat Gold.


Carol Farrelly

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize from the region of Canada and Europe.

I Cleaned the –

Kanya D’Almeida

Overall winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, as well as winner for the region of Asia.


Natasha Brown

‘My mother was always telling me over the phone about people who had recently died.’

An excerpt from Natasha Brown’s debut novel.

Exit Father

Mai Nardone

‘He was a tossed coin, two faces alternating to catch the light.’

A story by Mai Nardone.

The Great Mistake

Jonathan Lee

‘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

Rémy Ngamije

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for the region of Africa.

People Who Live Here

Holly Pester

‘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

Natsuko Imamura

An excerpt from The Woman in the Purple Skirt, which won the 2019 Akutagawa Prize.

Dead Souls

Sam Riviere

‘The uproar was immediate. Criticism and condemnation rose on all sides.’

Sam Riviere on publishing’s deal souls.