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Here's how commissioning editor Nick Sheerin discovered what would become a Serpent's Tail Classic: Kenzaburo Oe's The Silent Cry

Read an extract from Attica Locke's fantastic novel out today in paperback


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Watch Mary Gaitskill read from her highly-acclaimed new novel, The Mare.


Joanna Walsh's latest book Break-Up (Tuskar Rock) explores the spaces between things - between lovers, between thinking and doing, between fiction and memoir - and wonders, in this current age of virtually unlimited connectivity, whether such spaces even exist. Lara Feigel's Free Woman (Bloomsbury), 'the bravest work of literary scholarship I have ever read' according to Deborah Levy, inhabits the space between a reader and a writer, the writer in this case being Doris Lessing. Walsh and Feigel will be reading from their books, and talking about what writing can, can't, should and shouldn't do. The evening will be chaired by Jennifer Hodgson, writer, critic and editor of Ann Quin's The Unmapped Country (And Other Stories).