Review | Arkady by Patrick Langley

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Patrick Langley’s Arkady is the story of two brothers, Jackson and Frank, who are drifting. They explore the city, a not-quite-London of abandoned offices, growing...

Review | Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know by Colm Tóibín

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Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce, Colm Tóibín, Viking, 2018, pp.192, £14.99 Strolling through the Dublin where he once studied,...

Review | Known Unknowns at The Saatchi Gallery

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In the current exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery, Known Unknowns, you are not meant to know of the artists. If you do, you’re missing...

Interview | Cultural Traffic founder Toby Mott on Arts Fairs and...

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Eric Block Cultural Traffic interview: Arts Fairs and Counter-culture The roving global arts and publishing fair, Cultural Traffic, will hold its fourth London edition at Old Spitalfields...

Mave Fellowes on London and the inspiration behind her novel

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I spent my twenties in a top floor flat in North-West London. From its rickety balcony you could watch the sun set over a...

Review | Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt

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Vivian, Christina Hesselholdt, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019, pp.192, £12.99 (paperback) “What I produce is so good that if I start showing it to professionals, I’ll never...

Archive | Why I Write — Joan Didion

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First published in the June/July 1977 of The London Magazine (Vol. 17, No. 2)  Of course I stole the title from George Orwell. One reason...

Review | Break.up by Joanna Walsh

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The online world often seems clean and seamless; it doesn’t have any scars to reveal its traumas or accidents. Bodies, on the other hand,...
Replete by Maggie Butt

Replete by Maggie Butt

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Replete Enough of beauty - I have devoured small boats curtseying at anchor, green palace-dotted hills swarming the spice-scented shore of Asia Minor. I couldn’t chew another mouthful of waves,...

9 of Europe’s Best Bookshops

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A good bookshop can be many different things - a haven from the world, a counter-cultural space, and a meeting point for friends, as...

Interview | Stephen Fry

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Stephen Fry is a broadcaster, actor and writer who has just written Mythos, an elegant and entertaining retelling of the myths of Ancient Greece. Watch...

Review | The Nowhere Man by Kamala Markandaya

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"Real danger is never born of anything concrete. There are only words in the beginning," writes Kamala Markandaya. There were 71,251 race-related hate crimes recorded in 2017/18, according to a Home Office report. That’s an average of 195 racist incidents every day [...]

Poetry | On His Deafness by Damian Grant

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'No-one has ever written a poem “On His Deafness”'; (David Lodge, Deaf Sentence). - - - - - - - - - - - - - -...

Interview | Ilana Manolson | Chance Encounters

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Inspired by the fluidity and evolution of nature, the acclaimed Canadian American artist Ilana Manolson expresses both a personal and abstract interpretation of the...

Review | Letters To A First Love From The Future by...

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Andy Armitage's pamphlet is among a number of new releases from the poetry press Half-Moon Books, which is based in Otley, West Yorkshire, where...

Into the Blue by Alison Lock

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A bee is trapped behind the curtains––its silhouette circles the head of a printed flower. Edith pulls her arm free of the tightly tucked...

London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre

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An evening at the Southbank Centre is always going to be enlightening and entertaining - this is never more true than during the London...

David Bowie Is at the V&A

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The ‘David Bowie Is’, currently on at the V&A until mid-August. I went to the late show on a Friday after work, a stone’s...

The Easter Rising by Frank Armstrong

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The one hundredth anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising will hardly register in most London Magazine readers’ minds, but for Irish people the anniversary...

A conversation with Shaun Usher on ‘Letters Live’

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We caught up with Shaun Usher on the art of letter writing, curating a live literary event and the phenomenal success of his concept...

Different Faces by Manash Bhattacharjee

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"I wonder sometimes where people store all their different faces." ~ Trina Nileena Banerjee The face he wears every morning Reminds him of his mother Combing his hair...

11th May, Hay Fever

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Press night for Hay Fever on a summer’s eve: the red carpet rolled out in front of the Duke of York theatre; expectant photographers at the...

No’s Knife at The Old Vic

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‘… no need of a story, a story is not compulsory, just a life, that’s the mistake I made, one of the mistakes, to...

Review | All Under One Roof by Evelyn Schlag

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ALL UNDER ONE ROOF Evelyn Schlag (Translated by Karen Leeder) Carcanet, June 2018 Since 1981 Austrian poet, Evelyn Schlag has published critically-acclaimed poetry, prose and short stories,...

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