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Kjersti A Skomsvold writes with empathetic clarity on the sensibility of the artist

Billed as a portrait of the artist as a young mother, Kjersti A Skomsvold’s The Child delivers a concise, compelling account of the journey from singl(...)

American author Rumaan Alam: ‘Creates an atmosphere of dread so convincing and prescient that it stays with the reader long after reading’

 “If the noise returned, say tonight, once the sun had set – once the profound dark of the farmland all around them asserted itself – he wouldn’t(...)

Jean Kyoung Frazier is a stylish writer who wears her skills lightly

Recent debut fiction has featured plenty of offbeat, dysfunctional heroines. It’s as if the publishing world, and by extension readers, can’t get enou(...)

Amina Cain

“In books I found even more strongly my desire to write, to write back to them and their jagged, perfect words. I found life that ran close to my own.(...)

Deb Olin Unferth’s new novel  plays fast and loose with time.

One of the trickiest things to pull off in fiction is the time-bending narrative, where an omniscient narrator loops in and out of different lives ove(...)

Catherine Chung has already made a name for herself with her debut novel, Forgotten Country

“I suppose I should warn you I tell a story like a woman: looping into myself, interrupting,” says Katherine, the narrator of The Tenth Muse, before g(...)

Samantha Hunt:  takes us through the looking glass, away from what we thought we knew.

“Then she raised the hoe above her head.” The Eudora Welty epigraph is a choice beginning for Samantha Hunt’s debut collection of stories featuring ch(...)

Ian MacKenzie

Okay. We’ll give them Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina, Isabel Archer and Molly Bloom. And maybe some others down through the centuries. But the female voic(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Jessie Greengrass: ‘a lifetime’s inculcated faith in the explanatory power of books’

“She told me that without reflection, without the capacity to trace our lives backwards and pick the patterns out, we become liable to act as animals (...)

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