NW15: the anthology of new writing
The British Council’s annual anthology of new writing showcases the best in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from writers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Commonwealth. This new selection has been chosen by the novelists Bernardine Evaristo (The Emperor's Babe) and Maggie Gee (The White Family, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction). The last volume included Kirsty Gunn, Michel Faber, Marina Warner, Romesh Gunesekera, Hermione Lee, and Esther Freud. As always, some of the best names in English writing are sure to be included—as well as the delight of the new.
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This collection of short stories, essays and poetry provides the reader with a wide-ranging variety of themes, ranging from Ursula Holden's serious essay on what it means to be a writer, through Rahat Kurd's serious and surprising story about why a Muslim woman chooses to cover her hair, to Anita Desai's haunting ghost story. All of the pieces intrigued me; three leap to mind now that I've finished the book. The first—and I think the best in the book—was Selma Dabbagh's story, "Down the Market", of an American exchange student watching a terrorist raid carried out by Israelis on Palestinians. The second was Zoë Strachan's "The Secret Life of Dads", a very real tale about a young man connecting with his father. Finally, Adam Marak's "Batman vs. the Bull", a story of a confrontation between a young boy and a child molester, left me feeling quietly satisfied. I also loved Kate Rhodes' defiant little poem, "Four Things You Never Got to See" and Tod Hartman's riotous "Dear Dear Leader", an epistolary conversation with Kim Jong-Il. I recommend this.
Review: NW15: The Anthology of New Writing Volume 15User Review - Persephone Abbott - Goodreads
On the whole I liked the poetry selection. However, the short stories that most charmed my eyes were the ones by more established writers. The section at the end, writers discussing writing, was ... Read full review