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The Cold Eye of Mary Mccarthy

May 14th 2018

Shortlisted in the 2018 Feature Writing Competition SAM REESE looks at the short fiction of Mary McCarthy: ‘Well aware of the relationship between narrative and identity, McCarthy uses the vital compression of the short story form as a way to offer an alternative view of the roles available to contemporary women…’

The Knuckle in the Prose

November 25th 2015

DAVID BUTLER scrutinises the knottiness of Colin Barrett’s prose in the collection Young Skins: ‘…he explains that, rather than character or plot, the first impulse to write a story, and the focus of interest, remains squarely with language…’

Chekhov’s Principles

December 3rd 2014

PETER JORDAN profiles the life and writing of Anton Chekhov: ‘…no writer gets closer to articulating the human condition. It took me a long time to understand what he was doing, I still don’t fully understand, I simply know that when reading his work I feel some emotional shift…’

Miriam by Truman Capote

May 15th 2013

A deeply unsettling tale, a psychological horror which is all the more disturbing because it is so finely wrought…’ JULIET WEST explores Truman Capote’s haunting short story ‘Miriam’.

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