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 ...
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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Publishers Weekly, 2007-12-03 In this often fascinating collection of 60 short works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, editors Evaristo (Lara) and Gee (The Burning Book) collect the best new writing in English of the past year. The authors are for the most part British or Britain-based, though there is a strong emphasis on international themes and writers; some of the most intriguing pieces deal with Mideastern topics and other current geopolitical issues. The featured authors range from this year's Nobel laureate, Doris Lessing, to the relatively obscure, including a number of young poets unknown outside of U.K. poetry circles. Some of the highlights of this diverse group include a strongly tactile excerpt from Kerri Sakamoto's novel The Mongolian Spot, Wayne Burrows's ominous but beautiful poem "Under Surveillance" and the urgent, first-person short story "At the Institute with KM" by Helen Dunmore. Additionally, Julian Barnes offers a masterful essay on the creation of characters in fiction, Robert Ewing paints a propulsive but grim portrait of a drugged partygoer in Sydney, Australia, and Rahat Kurd, a Muslim, presents a refreshing and literary account of her choice to cover her hair in Western society. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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