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The Aug-Sept issue has arrived!

The Aug-Sept issue of The London Magazine is here, and it's the perfect way to see out your summer. As usual, we've assembled an eclectic batch of essays that will provoke and delight. Spectator food blogger Frank Armstrong writes on the history and meaning of bread. Journalist and critic Stephen Maughan asks: whatever happened to Generation X? And author Soumya Bhattacharya muses...

The June-July issue is here!

The June-July issue of The London Magazine is published, and it's packed with wonderful reading. There are three poems from Orange-Prize-winning novelist and poet Helen Dunmore, who last year won the National Poetry Award for her poem 'The Malarkey'. New poetry, too, from Moniza Alvi, whose 2008 collection Europa was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Jeffrey Meyers writes on Anne Frank,...

The General: a new poem by Steven O'Brien

The General Somewhat after Ray Bradbury As the muezzin’s dusk call Sews the day to a new night The general looks up from his maps. His damp camouflage Hangs on his back Like tired tiger skin And his diligence stutters, Along his tapping finger. Below him the city’s roofs crumble- Like broken seals In the spoil of forced tombs. He cannot decipher this tablet rubble- The hoarse pedlars And cloistered women. Boys with the...

Last day of our New Year Offer!

Today is the last day of The London Magazine’s special New Year Offer. Subscribe today, and you’ll get 25% off a year’s subscription to the Magazine. That means six issues a year delivered to your door, as well as access to the entire magazine online, all for just £24.75. Subscribers can also read past issues online, dating back to April-May 2010...

Cairo: A new poem by Manash Bhattacharjee

You burst into a million seeds, poured over the hot stove of rancour, Cairo. When the walls no longer withstood your curses, you awakened the streets with your boots, Cairo. Your cries brought the sky down at Tahrir Square, the Pharaoh shook in his dreams, Cairo. With you the square was a fortress of the heart, engraved in rebellion’s calligraphy, Cairo. When bulls of the regime let loose their armoury, you defended your future with stones, Cairo. Your battered men did not flee the field...

'A Message' from T. S. Eliot

In 1954, editor Alan Ross introduced a new incarnation of The London Magazine. To mark the re-launch of the Magazine, T.S Eliot wrote “A Message”, published in Volume 1 Issue 1 in February 1954. The article, addressed, “...primarily to those English readers, at home and overseas, who profess to take an interest in literature,” captures something of the enduring spirit...

The new website of The London Magazine

The London Magazine has migrated from its old digital home to this new, rather more suitable accommodation. This website makes The London Magazine available to read online for the first time: subscribers can read the entire current issue, as well as past issues dating back to April-May 2010 (and we’ll be adding more). If you’re already a subscriber to The London...

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