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Fiction

Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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Milkman
Friday, 08 February 2019 09:04

Milkman

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Jenny Farrell reviews the novel Milkman, a peripheral view on a besieged working-class community during the North of Ireland Troubles, which has won the Man Booker Prize Belfast-born author Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman. The Booker’s chair of judges, philosopher Kwame Anthony…
The Interview
Monday, 04 February 2019 18:32

The Interview

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The Interview by Jim Aitken He needed the job because he needed money to pay his bills. It was as simple as that. This interview, if he passed it, could do more. It could enable him to follow his dream of enabling youngsters to dream themselves. Right now people needed…
Shrinking Brexit
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 02 February 2019 16:22

Shrinking Brexit

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Shrinking Brexit by Jan Woolf CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Islington, July 2016 Marjorie glances in her consulting room mirror. A strong face looks back, handsome rather than pretty, a face ready for compassion: for active listening, eyes softening for the right kind of contact with her first…
Photo Op
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 08 January 2019 19:32

Sugar Plum

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Sugar Plum by Jan Woolf A winter’s day in 2008, in Dalston, London 6am Zeina wakes, and, remembering, keeps her body as still as she can. She lifts her hand to snap on the bedside light, gently turning her head towards the photograph in the thin green frame. There they…
Dishwasher hands
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 17 December 2018 11:21

Dishwasher hands

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Dishwasher hands by Craig Campbell Saturday nights at the Dilshad were the worst. People let off steam in Hartlepool in the worst ways possible, like stray bullets looking for a spleen. From time to time I would glance through the crack in the kitchen door but their DNA was always…
The Baton: a short story by Jan Woolf
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:25

The Baton: a short story by Jan Woolf

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Marx Memorial Library is hosting a series of readings from left-wing fiction writers. Each month a fiction writer, dramatist or poet will read from current work and discuss their writing processes with the audience. These sessions are ideal for avid readers as well as writers. The writers in February will…
The "War to End All Wars," like all the wars that have followed it, discarded human lives on all sides. Here, a German prisoner helps British wounded make their way to a dressing station. Image:  Imperial War Museum
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 13:37

The Discarded Soldier

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Jenny Farrell introduces a little-known short story by Liam O'Flaherty 11 November 2018 marks the centenary of the ending of World War I. During that bloody slaughter, the propagandists described it as the “war to end all wars”. One hundred years and as many wars on the militarists in the…
José Saramago: visions of a better world
Saturday, 29 September 2018 17:54

José Saramago: visions of a better world

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Jenny Farrell pays tribute to the communist writer José Saramago, whose vision of another, possible world is still relevant today. Twenty years ago, on 8 October 1998, the communist writer José de Sousa Saramago was the first Portuguese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.  The first fifty years of…
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