Inside Dharini Bhaskar’s debut These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light, longlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature 2020
The novel is a work of literary fiction rich in beautifully-crafted sentences, with myriad literary, mythological, and philosophical references, which she hopes a reader will engage with in a genuine way.
Novelist Sophie Ward on being long-listed for the Booker Prize, thought experiments, nuances in relationships
Love and Other Thought Experiments pushes readers to question individual philosophies, our understanding of complex emotions and belief systems that are constantly governing our everyday lives.
From Shakespeare to Anthony Powell, poets and novelists have been writing about life under COVID-19 for more than a century
Good art and artists seem to be transcending boundaries of time and space, being relevant to us during this tumultuous COVID-19 period.
As the Nobel laureate's wife and muse Mercedes Barcha dies, looking at the couple's love and relationship.
As #PublishingPaidMe trends, authors share race-based pay gap and publishers vow to improve diversity
Using #PublishingPaidMe authors and book publishing employees are speaking out against the homogeneity of their industry and how much writers of colour are paid, issues that are gaining urgency as protests against systemic racism continue around the US.
Aldous Huxley's ‘After The Fireworks’ is a searching account of a relationship between a 50-year-old celebrity novelist and a naïve 21-year-old fan of his books
Reading dystopian fiction during the coronavirus pandemic: Genre's prescience helps imagine a better future
Dystopian fiction issues warnings and predicts outcomes. It forces us to acknowledge that the evils of the world it depicts are systemic, that something new, something better rests upon the complete annihilation of the old world
The Stories in my Life: Anton Chekhov's The Bet is essential reading in a time of lockdowns and self-isolation
Chekhov's short story, The Bet, is a meditation on the nature of isolation, a thought-provoking account of a journey into solitude and the self
Books and Beyond with Bound: New podcast blurs the lines between readers and writers in a 'thriving literary culture'
The podcast Books and Beyond with Bound, like their other activities, offers an infrastructure that supports a writer and offers a bookish community to engage with.
Breath of Gold: Sathya Saran examines flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia's life and music through a fluid, intriguing narrative
Sathya Saran's free-flowing style makes disconnected incidents from Hariprasad Chaurasia's life come together to make the ride more intriguing.
Coronavirus Outbreak: From Fatima Bhutto's books project to Mohini Gupta's 'Mother Tongue Twisters' — a social media guide
During the ongoing lockdown in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, there are several cultural initiatives on social media that offer audiences a community to engage with. Here's a list, updated daily:
Chinese novel The Waste Tide goes where little writing ever does — the recycling industry and class inequality at its heart
The greatest lesson of Chinese author Chen Qiufan’s little-known novel, The Waste Tide, may be that trash is frequently invisible to those who create it — as are the people who process it, such as manual scavengers, the labourers in ship breaking yards and so on.
In times of climate crisis, why nature-journalling can be a simple, yet potent tool to build intimacy with nature
The practice of nature-journalling has been variously adapted by enthusiasts to forms that personally suit them, with the split between scientific observation, writing and illustration varying wildly from person to person. This private note-keeping is the simplest, most accessible form of nature writing available to a wide spectrum of people, especially at a time when the world is threatened by rising fascism, climate crisis and infectious diseases, as there seems to be an urgent need for practices that will anchor us and deepen our ties to our one world.
Sunehre Din to Mitrachi Goshta: Tracing forgotten histories of invisible queer women in the 20th century
When it comes to representation of queer women in early Indian cinema or literature, it is only through extrapolation that one can unearth those hidden narratives. Voices of the past find the agency to speak only years later, but still allow us a precious vantage into times gone by.
With readers desensitised to profane language on book covers, how are writers to express extreme emotions?
Resorting to coarse language could be a symptom of society’s collective misery, but it could also be attributable to the starvation of the arts by government and a desperate need to grab readers’ attention. But with so many fucks on book covers, where do writers go from here to express our fear, horror, rage and disgust?
Ramya Reddy’s Soul of the Nilgiris is a tribute to the Nilgiris, a mountainous range whose landscape comprises shola forest and grassland, and the four indigenous groups that populate the upper regions | Urvashi Bahuguna writes in #PagesFromTheWild
International Booker Prize Longlist 2020: Indie publishers dominate race for the year's best fiction title
13 novels seek out the prestigious £50,000 award, meant to be split equally between the author and translator.
Lata Surendra discusses how a dancer can bring a performance to life, transcend the confines of the stage and the auditorium and transform the dance into a visual prayer simply through the act of reading and understanding the nuances of emotion and expression found in literature, poetry and ancient texts.
A field guide to field guides: Be it a title on birds or trees, for nature enthusiasts there are few tomes as useful
In this fortnight's #PagesFromTheWild column, Urvashi Bahuguna writes why field guides are the books related to nature she returns to most often — the ones that continually teach her new details and correct imperfectly remembered knowledge
Of sundews, strangler fig and elephant foot yam: Nirupa Rao's Hidden Kingdom is an ode to flora of Western Ghats
In Hidden Kingdom, the unusual plants of the Western Ghats are demystified and allowed the space they need to be understood in their singularity, Urvashi Bahuguna writes in a new column about environmental literature, #PagesFromTheWild