‘The Parseids brought it all out of the past, with the force of a blow that leaves you winded. The night lurched and swooped suddenly down. The boy lay still, stretched out on his back, but when I sat up, gasping, I saw the pale disk of his face as he turned to see what […]
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The Financial Lives of the Poets

Ben Skelton

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17


The reputation of Seamus Heaney was built at least partly on the way he dealt with the big issues of his time and place – the Troubles in Northern Ire …

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Open minds and aspirations

John Saul

PUBLISHED ON: 01/02/17


Aged seventeen, long before there was a phenomenon known as Brexit, I came across a friend reading Albert Camus’ The Outsider in a quiet corner at sch …

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Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 01/11/16


Chris Moss admires a deeper, bolder search for meaning and mental calm from a wide and generous reader and daring reformer of the memoir genre Depress …

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Jeremy Hughes

PUBLISHED ON: 19/06/13


Online Exclusive There is a print by Eric Ravilious called ‘Train Landscape’, which shows the type of train one sees in Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. It r …

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My People and the Revenge of the Novel

M Wynn Thomas

PUBLISHED ON: 24/12/11


When he delivered the Neil Gunn lecture in Edinburgh last year, Mario Vargas Llosa spoke of the origins of the Latin American novel [note:1]. He recal …

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