I first encountered Ted Hughes as many of my age must have done, when I was a young teenager in the early Sixties being introduced in English lessons to those electric poems from The Hawk in the Rain and Lupercal. I still remember my English teacher reading out ‘Pike’. At that age either you get…
Fishing, Writing and Ted: An Appreciation
40 Years of Granta
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Correspondence from our archive, from Kazuo Ishiguro, Kingsley Amis, Doris Lessing, Martha Gellhorn and more.
How to Write About Africa
The late Binyavanga Wainaina's iconic satire is one of Granta's best-loved essays.
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Making an Elephant
‘The death of a father is, in most cases, an inevitable passage of life.’
Our Nicky’s Heart
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The Butcher of Bermondsey
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