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Fiction | Habitual Behaviour by Francesca Reece

The following is a published piece from our August/September 2o21 issue. Francesca Reece Habitual Behaviour My friend Leo, who was, in a past life, a bicycle messenger, but now – like most of the middle class, young people I know – a student again, once said that the easiest way to get your bicycle stolen […]

Interview | Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on The Turning Point: A Year That Changed Dickens and the World by James Riding

James Riding Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on The Turning Point: A Year That Changed Dickens and the World   Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His books include Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, which won the Duff Cooper Prize, and The Story of […]

Fiction | A Short-term Overseas Contract by Maria Winnett

The following piece is from our August/September 2011 issue. Maria Winnett A Short-term Overseas Contract   A Filipino is clearing debris from the pool when Linda steps outside into the oily black evening. A group of businessmen wearing thawbs are talking around a table and the sweet scent of Arabic tea wafts through the humid night. The […]

Poetry | Time Travellers by Maggie Butt

The following piece is from our August/September 2011 issue. Maggie Butt Time Travellers The sick are well, dead smiling, old are young, framed photos bloom on windowsills and walls. I am a baby, arms aloft, learning to laugh, time zig-zags like a running man avoiding bullets. Framed photos bloom on windowsills and walls I am […]

Fiction | Dreamtime by Venetia Welby [Extract]

The following extract is from Dreamtime by Venetia Welby. The world may be on a precipice but Sol, fresh from Tucson-desert rehab, finally has an answer to the question that has dogged her since childhood. And not a moment too soon. With aviation grinding to a halt in the face of global climate meltdown, this […]

Essay | Autobiographies of Friends: A Unique Genre by Jeffrey Meyers

Jeffrey Meyers Autobiographies of Friends: A Unique Genre I’ve taken special delight in holding the copies given to me and reading the autobiographies of my two close friends, Phillip Knightley and Francis King. They summoned up remembrance of things past, taught me a great deal about their experiences before I’d met them and allowed me […]

Essay | Paris, London and Friendship by Horatio Morpurgo

The whole precarious arrangement rested on no more than an email from a stranger. The offer also seemed a little too good to be true but I was curious and had to be in London anyway. A writer I’d never met, an American, sent me a piece about a tearaway uncle of hers who ended up in England, with whom she then found refuge in her own troubled twenties. The uncle had practised as a psychotherapist for many years from his home off Queensway […]

Fiction | Swimming Scene by Rob Palk

Rob Palk Swimming Scene He skipped over mounds and tussocks, across the flat top of the hill, the ground stretched out around him. He danced, swinging his bag, fizzing up the remaining cans, and fell into a trench. How had he forgotten the trenches? They’d dug them for practice, before they sent the town’s men […]

Essay | The Same Hands: Apathy, Climate Grief, and Palaeolithic Cave Art by Oliver Timberlake

The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine‘s website which showcases the work of exceptional young talent aged between 13-21, from the UK and beyond. Oliver Timberlake The Same Hands: Apathy, Climate Grief, and Palaeolithic Cave Art Paris, September 1940. The Nazi occupation, […]

Essay | Tomorrow is Too Late by Nasratullah Elham [Extract]

The following extract is an essay from the collection Tomorrow is Too Late ed. by Grace Maddrell. Grace has collected testimonies of activism and hope from young climate strikers, from Brazil and Burundi to Pakistan and Palestine. These youth activists are experiencing the reality of the climate crisis, including typhoons, drought, flood, fire, crop failure and […]

News | Win Tickets to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Want to win tickets to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre in the West End? Well, you’ve come to the right place!  Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the award-winning hit musical for today – bang up to date, more relevant than ever and specially updated for the times we live in. […]



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