August 2017, no. 393

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August 2017, no. 393

Bernadette Brennan reviews 'Draw Your Weapons' by Sarah Sentilles

Bernadette Brennan

Sarah Sentilles’s Draw Your Weapons is one of the most erudite, original, and thought-provoking books I have ever read. A philosophical and moral meditation on pain, torture, an More

Tom Griffiths reviews 'The Great Derangement: Climate change and the unthinkable' by Amitav Ghosh

Tom Griffiths

The planet is alive, says Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh, and only for the last three centuries have we forgotten that. This is because humans are suffering from ‘The Great Derangement’, More

Robert Dessaix reviews 'House of Names' by Colm Tóibín

Robert Dessaix

House of Names is a grim book, as any retelling of Aeschylus’s Oresteia is bound to be. It is a tale to harrow up your soul, to make your two eyes start from their sphe More

Jolley Prize 2017 (Winner): 'Pheidippides' by Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson

At the first interview, I sat in a plastic canteen chair while Berkeley lay under a towel and a woman with spiked hair dug into the cords of his thigh. He rested his chin on his forearms s More

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