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‘This isn’t the end of the world. It’s history going about its business. This isn’t the last apocalypse by a long shot.’
Jenny Offill, author of Weather, talks to Mark O’Connell, author of Notes from the Apocalypse.
‘Nobody bothered him when he was playing tennis. No matter how long he stayed out there, the door never took breaks.’
Fiction by Rob Magnuson Smith.
This Time of Dying
An extract from This Time of Dying by Reina James.
Mama’s Last Hug
‘Watching behaviour comes naturally to me, so much so that I may be overdoing it.’
‘Never was a man so deep in thought.’
An extract from Mark Blacklock’s new novel.
The Medical Detective
An extract from Sandra Hempel’s The Medical Detective, which follows the story of the man who identified – and helped stop – the cholera pandemic of the 1830s.
From the Spanish Flu to Covid-19
Reina James compares our response to Covid-19 to the reaction to the Spanish Flu in 1918.
‘They appear against the horizon as the boat slowly sweeps closer into the estuary.’
‘The next editor of the university newspaper was chosen each year by a panel.’
A new short story by Frances Leviston, from her forthcoming collection The Voice in My Ear.
The Great Homecoming
Read an excerpt from The Great Homecoming by Anna Kim, a novel of love and loss in the wake of the Korean war.
Don’t Look at Me Like That
‘When I was at school I used to think that everyone disliked me, and it wasn’t far from true.’
‘I was suckled by Mother Earth, he would reflect on occasion, and he would stretch, feeling new strength in his veins.’