Staff Picks | The Best of Gothic Fiction

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As it's Halloween, The London Magazine team have been discussing the nature of horror in fiction, and why we are so attracted to reading it....

Essay | I’ll Always Have London by Leonard Quart

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I’m off to London for the first time in a couple of years. There are friends to visit, art exhibitions and plays to see,...

The London Magazine Podcast | Episode 4 | A Discovery of...

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We were recently contacted by Reverend Christian Mitchell of the church of Heathfield in rural Sussex, who had made a remarkable discovery. In one...

Essay | Gentrifying New York by Leonard Quart

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Leonard Quart Gentrifying New York The New York one walks through these days is unrecognizable from the city that existed a decade ago. New developments are...

Essay | Proust’s Secrets Revealed

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Marcel Proust and his oeuvre are at once overexposed and mysterious. Entire books and studies have explored the minute details of his personal life and literary work. There is a book about what cures and medications he took specifically for his insomnia. There is a hundred-page academic study dedicated solely to the eight-word first sentence [...]
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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...

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 | Personal Feeling is the Main Thing by Sue Hubbard

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By Sue Hubbard I have long been interested in the work of Chantal Joffe and have written about her on several occasions. Her figurative paintings...

Fractals by Sudeep Sen | An Introduction by Fiona Sampson

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Ahead of the launch of Sudeep Sen's Fractals, read a few words on Sudeep Sen's new collection by poet Fiona Sampson.   Sudeep Sen is a...

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...

Essay | Vonnegut’s ‘Black Humor’

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I had made her so unhappy that she had developed a sense of humor, which she certainly didn’t have when I married her . . . This line from Bluebeard’s narrator remarks on another kind of humor, the black humor Vonnegut is best known for. Its source is helplessness and despair. He explains: Laughter or crying is what a human being does when there’s nothing else he can do [...]

Extract | Rosalind by Arifa Akbar

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"Rosalind" by Arifa Akbar, extract taken from Tales of Two Londons: Stories from a Fractured City, ed. Claire Armitstead, Arcadia Books, London, 2019. Copyright...

Essay | I Go Away To Talk To Myself by Sinead...

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Sinead O'Brien I Go Away To Talk To Myself A trip has the same quality a Friday has. Everything ahead. It’s like having your back against...

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...

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

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The following piece is taken from The London Magazine, February 1970. It was written by Rhys Davies, a close friend of Anna Kavan's, and...
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Essay | Peas by Alice Dunn

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One of the stand-out gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show appeared to replicate the pea in its structure. ‘The Seedlip Garden’ had...

Essay | The Commune of the City by Ian Stone

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On 28 October 1272 King Henry III (1216-72) lay dying at Westminster Palace. His eldest son, Edward, returning from crusade, was about to land...

Battle of Ideas by Francesca Baker

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At this year's Battle of Ideas the opening debate concerning literature was entitled To Read or Not To Read - The Canon and the...

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...

London’s Forgotten Genius

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Tucked away on the wall of 128 Kensington Church Street is a blue plaque marking the one-time home of Muzio Clementi. Composer, conductor, keyboard...

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...

Easter Island by Fiona Brenninkmaker

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Charting the evolution of Easter Island wooden carvings from spiritual receptacle to auction treasure. Allow me to take you on a small journey to Easter...

Archive | Coming to London II by Leonard Woolf

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The following piece was first published in The London Magazine October 1955 Volume 2 No. 10 as “Coming to London — II”, part of...

2018 Essay Competition | Judges’ Interview Nicola Griffith and Pico...

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We had a quick conversation with the judges of our 2018 Essay Writing Competition — Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer — about their writing,...

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