This is a photograph of a twenty-first birthday party in the late winter of 1962. The parents of one of the young men in the photograph have taken him, his girlfriend, and seven other young people to dinner in a Chinese restaurant. Two—including the birthday boy—are wearing dinner jackets; the o…
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40 Years of Granta
From the editor’s desk
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.
Angela Carter is best known for her adaptations of fairy tales, and ‘Cousins’ is one in her quartet of wolf stories.
The Roads of London
Nobel Prize-winning Doris Lessing on her life, lovers and landlords in 1950s London.
Dreams for Hire
Nobel Prize-winning Gabriel García Márquez’s encounters with a clairvoyant in Vienna, Barcelona and Havana.
‘This burning girl that I am with skin stretched white hot across unfair flesh. Harmflesh.’
‘Apartheid had marked him, as it has marked all of us, in different ways. It made me hyper-aware of colour.’
The Good Citizens
‘In the black fog of her grief, Anna Kraft received an invitation.’