In this delicious excerpt from her upcoming novel – a work about mother-daughter relationships, storytelling, women and murder – Faiqa Mansab has her heroine, feminist scholar Layla, discuss the role of food in myths and rituals whilst eating freshly cooked biryani with friends and family.
Writer Emma Korantema Hanson talks with author and director Sheena Patel about her debut novel, I’m a Fan, her self-created genre of “faction”, her literary influences, re-writing Black and Brown characters, the need for new (not nostalgic!) stories, and the pressure of perfectionism.
In mesmeric and evocative prose, rendered masterfully into English by translator Aneesa Abbas Higgins, author Elisa Shua Dusapin weaves a novel about familial loss and dislocation, and the fragile ties that hold us together, writes our contributor Emily Walters.
Awaeke Emezi’s latest novel is a romance with a difference. Slowly unfolding the narrative with their characteristic poetic prose, Emezi gives us a story of love surviving grief, life after death, and sex by the sea.
The joy of love is often coupled with the fear of loss. Here, novelist Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood recalls how anxiety before her wedding returned her to the impermanence of life, to its multiple pathways and infinite realities, as explored in her new book, The Constellations of Eve.
Lieke Marsman’s brilliantly ‘cool’ novel, The Opposite of a Person (translated by Sophie Collins), is at once a novel about love and language, people and the individual, nature and the ideas we wield over the natural world, writes Kathryn Cutler-MacKenzie.
Moving between the lives of several generations of women in Spain, Elena Medel’s beautifully observed debut novel, The Wonders, examines class and the impact of poverty on family relationships and aspirations.
Anna Kate Blair talks to author Sara Jaffe about why Dryland is an anti-coming-out novel, writers who have influenced her work, being published by the Queer UK-based Independent publisher Cipher Press, leaning into the awkwardness of writing about adolescence, music and much more.