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March 2018: Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?

Cathi Unsworth tells the spooky true story behind That Old Black Magic, plus a visual playlist courtesy of Val Wilmer's As Serious As Your LIfe: Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957–1977

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February 2018: You make everything groovy, wild thing

Abi Andrews, author of The Word for Woman is Wilderness, on Rachel Carson plus cultural highlights from Ruby Tandoh's Eat Up!.

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January 2018: Bodies are deeply important

A Q&A with Her Bodies & Other Parties author Carmen Maria Machado + a recipe from Ruby Tandoh.

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December 2017: The Books of Christmas Present

The best books our authors have ever given, plus our Christmas book gift guide.

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November 2017: Back into the bright world: the genius of Joy Williams

Editor Nick Sheerin on being sent into purgotary by Joy Williams, 'perhaps the greatest living master of the short story' (Guardian). 

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October 2017: I grew up on blues and barbecue

Attica Locke writes about growing up in Texas and how it influenced her latest book, Bluebird, Bluebird.

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August 2017: Place, love, power, and the nature of the divine

Andre Alexis is interviewed by his editor and 10 things you never knew about Portugal's greatest writer, Fernando Pessoa.

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July 2017: Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1926

Rebecca F. John on why the Bright Young People clamoured to be part of The Haunting of Henry Twist, and Anna-Marie Fitzgerald with 5 reasons to watch I Love Dick on TV.

June 2017: All you need for a strong and stable summer TBR pile

Serpent's Tail staff's summer reading recommendations and an extract from The Haunting of Henry Twist

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May 2017: Less absolute, but better

Women in literature defying conventional life paths (Torpor, All Grown Up, House of Mirth) + extract from J Robert Lennon's Broken River

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April 2017: Admit it

Jami Attenberg's All Grown Up, our top 10 break up books

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March 2017: Deborah, Kim, Jami and Joy

Deborah Smith, translater of Han Kang's The Vegetarian and Bandi's The Accusation recommends Korean writers to read this year.

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February 2017: A reading list for your nuclear bunker

The best books to read when you're hunkered down in your bunker, from Cormack McCarthy's The Road to Heinz Helle's Euphoria.

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January 2017: Meet our SS17 line-up

All the books to look forward to for Spring/Summer 2017, including Jami Attenberg's All Grown Up, J Robert Lennon's Broken River, and Katie Kitamura's A Separation.

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December 2016: The best thing about this year (and any year)

Our authors, including Sarah Perry, Jarett Kobek and Chris Kraus pick their books of the year.

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November 2016: When Big Daddy comes to town

Jarett Kobek, author of I Hate the Internet gives his brutal take on Trump winning the Presidency.


October 2016: GET A LIFE

Dispatches from the night we Got a Life with Vivienne Westwood and Pamela Anderson.


August 2016: When Eileen Myles ran for President

Astonishing facts about the rock star of modern poetry and Jill Soloway's muse, Eileen Myles.

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July 2016: Do you think you're ready for this jelly?

Wendy Jones shares the funny, outrageous and frankly, uptight reactions to her book, The Sex Lives of English Women.