Review | Exposure by Olivia Sudjic

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Exposure, Olivia Sudjic, Pensinsula Press, 2018, pp. 127, £6 Exposure, the new book by Olivia Sudjic, elegantly dissects the multi-layered web of anxieties particular to...

Castles in the Air | Stephen Chambers : The Court of...

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Princes, prefects, urchins and poets; these are just a few in a court of luminaries setting sail to Venice. But all is not as...
The Warlock of Love

Essay | The Warlock of Love: Revisiting Marc Bolan’s Forgotten Poetry...

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Fifty years ago in March 1969, a rather odd book of verse hit Britain’s bookshelves. Its jacket contained no description of what lay inside...

Essay | On Writing Ethnic Stories by Haleh Agar

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I was told to use my maiden name – Hassan-Yari, a name that usually meant extra questions at the customs queue but now would...

Essay | Fighting Against Productivity by Anna Aguilar

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I recently spent a week in an unremarkable town in South West England. Throughout the day, which I spent alone, I found myself feeling trapped and anxious.

Essay| Shetland Norn by Simon Tait

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Shetland is a quiet, self-possessed nation of 22,000 whose population still considers itself to be more Norse than British. They like celebrations, foys they...

Donald Trump – America’s First Oligarch-in-Chief

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By Mohammad Zahoor On 20th January this year Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. In the eyes of millions both...

Confessions of an English Opium Eater: An Essay by David Punter

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Before its controversial and ground-breaking publication as a book in 1822, Thomas De Quincey's autobiographical account of opiate addiction Confessions of an English Opium...

Internet Poetry by Paul Gittins

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In the seventh of his twelve lectures as Oxford Professor of Poetry, the late Geoffrey Hill took issue with the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann...

Archive | Notes on Raymond Chandler by Ian Fleming

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With the protagonists of their respective novels being so similar, it is perhaps little surprise that the writers Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler struck...

News | Caoilinn Hughes, on winning the Collyer Bristow Prize 2019

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Caoilinn Hughes On winning the Collyer Bristow Prize First thanks go to my peers—Sophie Mackintosh, Danny Denton, Samuel Fisher and Katherine Kilalea—for writing such good books...

Essay | Marion Coutts: ‘Aiming or Hitting’ by Annie Carpenter

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These are busy times for the writer and artist Marion Coutts. Her first novel, The Iceberg, which was published in 2014, has proved a...

Essay | On the Benefits of Dancing Naked in Public

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In the pub, Jemima raises both her arms above her, then swings one back, turning her head to follow the arc it makes in the air. “Something like that,” she says, sitting back down and taking a chip from the plate between us. We are attempting a reconstruction. What we are attempting to reconstruct is a theatre show called Trilogy, made by an artist called [...]

Essay Competition 2018 — Winners Announced!

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First of all, a huge, huge thank you to everybody who shared and entered this year's essay prize! Though it was only the second...

Poems on the Underground

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If for some reason you ever find yourself playing 'Tube Bingo' there a few things that you are guaranteed to be able to cross...

Spotlight II: Dostoyevsky Wannabe

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The London Magazine has long been a champion of emerging writers and independent publishers, stretching back to the 1950s and 60s, when young writers...

Essay | Living in London: Highgate by Jonathan Raban

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Jonathan Raban is an award-winning writer, author of among many others, 1974's Soft City, an early classic of psychogeographical urban writing. In February 1970...

Writing Courses, London Style by Mark Isherwood

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London has a disproportionate number of writers compared to the rest of the nation. Or so we are told. Why is this? Is it...

Poetry and the Public by Paul Gittins

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The prestigious T.S. Eliot Award in January that kicked off the poetry establishment’s crowded calendar of poetry competitions served to highlight the ever widening...

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...

Five years on – why Natasha Walter’s ‘Living Dolls: The Return...

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So there’s a glamour model contest. All women can enter. To decide on a winner, the women must strip, pose sexually and suggestively on...

Essay | The Bazooka Girl — A Note On Anna Kavan...

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If it is possible to concentrate the nature of a person's life into a brief sketch, then that of Anna Kavan is conveyed perfectly in her story Julia and the Bazooka, which seems to me a most symmetrical example of the art by which this obdurately subjective writer chose elements of her life and transformed them into something rich and strange and basically true. Written a year or so before her death in 1968, in a sense she even foresaw her end in this story [...]

Interview | Kevin Breathnach

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I had intended my interview with Kevin Breathnach to go smoothly and at first it appeared to be doing so. We had arranged a...
The Nowhere Man cover

Essay | Introduction to Kamala Markandaya’s The Nowhere Man

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The following essay is the introduction to the latest edition of The Nowhere Man, a novel by Kamala Markandaya, first published in 1972, now...

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