Mapping the intricacies of a dazzling social world, Nino Strachey’s intergenerational history of the Bloomsbury Group traces and celebrates the queer lineage that extended beyond the confines of ‘Old Bloomsbury’, in an open, generous account that is both biography and cultural history.
Priya Hein’s poetic, visceral novel addresses the devastating legacies of slavery, racial injustice and economic disparity in Mauritius, layering the stories of fifteen year old Noemi and those of her enslaved ancestors to lay bare the brutal realities of colonialism, writes Laetitia Erskine.
A sizzling novel to read in the heat, when you’re hungry for life, Jessica Andrews’ Milk Teeth explores what it means for women to take up space unapologetically and allow their needs – and desires – to be met.
Rym Kechacha reviews The Books of Jacob: a wonderful, huge and complex book that asks the reader to “turn our gaze away from the simple”, and instead embrace flux, transformation, and narrative that “sprawls like a great tree’s roots”.
Elodie Barnes talks to Emily Cooper about her debut collection Glass: poems which shift and reflect on the ideas of home as architectural space, home as memory space, permanence, impermanence, and the ‘ownership’ of stories.
This exhilarating anthology of short stories challenges us to look beyond the shiny façade of ‘the new’ and to embrace ‘the abject’ – the ambiguous, the old, the distressing parts of ourselves and our society – and to ask what place the abject should have in our culture today.