I lay in bed that first night at boarding school, listening to the silence wrap around me. Instead of hearing my father’s voice chanting the shahada – ‘There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His prophet’ – I heard my own voice whispering: ‘Mahdi, Mahdi, Mahdi – this is all because …
The Mother of All Sins
Isis in Darkness
Margaret Atwood presents a man pining for his lost love over decades.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
An extract from Madeleine Thien‘s Man-Booker shortlisted novel.
Zulu Romeo Foxtrot
Douglas Coupland on rock-star font Helvetica.
In Sight of the Lake
A women looks for control in a story by Alice Munro.
A mildewed dystopia from Camilla Grudova.
A Not-So-Pretty History of Pet Care
‘One day after the next I would figure out what was needed, learn from my mistakes, pay attention to what worked.’
Cumbrian Fell Pony
Sarah Hall writes about the Cumbrian fell pony for Granta 142: Animalia.
‘My greatest desire has always been to take people literally. It’s not the same as wanting to trust them, but it’s related.’