Read the opening extract of the brand new Simon Toyne book before its publication on 10/09/2015
Guest Editor - Lesley Lokko
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One of the first lines of the extraordinary novel, July’s People, by the South African writer goes, ‘You like to have some cup of tea?’ It was the first time I’d ever seen African-accented English in written prose and from that moment on, I was hooked. Click here to read more...
For the most poetic, empathetic glimpses into the minds of men, the Australian, part-Lebanese, part-Jewish writer who’s now in his seventies is absolutely top of my list. Remembering Babylon, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker, is one of my all-time favourite books. Click here to read more...
She really is a writer who Can Do It All – from profound, involved and emotionally switched-on novels like The Namesake to short, snappy collections of life’s wonderful snippets in Unaccustomed Earth – she’s wonderful. Click here to read more...
Another Australian who’s got a way with words. I read Dirt Music years ago and was blown away by his prose, his magical attention to details, landscapes, weather, emotions, particularly when things are going wrong between couples...just stunning. Click here to read more...
The blurb on the back (or is it the front?) of his novels says ‘no one does stylish, damaged women better.’ How true. When I’m in the mood for something I cannot put down, Kennedy never lets me down. Click here to read more...
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