He can feel the river's presence on his right. It never leaves him; it is there, always, on the edge of his consciousness. Even in sleep, it flows through his dreams, watching, waiting, coaxing his attention to something he cannot fathom.

The River Capture

Mary Costello

I'm going to get to places that you've never been. All kinds of places. I'm going to see things you couldn't even dream of.


John Wray

Pity the small backs of children, he heard her saying. They carry death for us the second they are born.

The Small Backs of Children

Lidia Yuknavitch

We are all swimmers before the dawn of oxygen and earth.We all carry the memory of that breathable blue past.

The Chronology of Water

Lidia Yuknavitch

Maybe food really is the simplest way for people anywhere to share with each other. Eating is the one universal, daily activity that underpins human life. However much or little we think about it, food is a force – and shared its power may be amplified.

Be My Guest

Priya Basil

Here is everything I know about almost everything, that i think applies to almost everyone, that might help you someday.

Almost Everything

Anne Lamott

Amsterdam – the dangerous city; I watched, I listened, I breathed. The sun bounces off the canals; the smell of herrings, of whatever people throw into them, and of rats.

Rembrandt's Whore

Sylvie Matton

Shitty first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they end p with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.

Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott

The beach is gray at dawn. He points to the barrel of his G3 when he says this, steel gray, he says. He smiles.

The Boat

Nam Le

The reason Evie was special is that she had an Ability. The Ability had a capital A because it was a very important ability. She could communicate with animals.

Evie and the Animals

Matt Haig

I have wonderful news for you, darling.A little brother or sister is coming – what fun! As for me, my life's pretty much fucked now. Because two's a million more kids than one.

Fuck, Now There Are Two of You

Adam Mansbach

Just when we think all the ladders between heaven and earth have fallen down we discover that our own heart, after all, has been the source of our greatest insights. That’s where all ladders start.

Doubts and Loves

Richard Holloway

The tarp and the hunting knife and the kettle frame and even Peppa's walking trainers all came in the post, all got on Amazon and all with the nicked cards Robert brought back with him and kept in the bedside drawer.


Mick Kitson

My problem is sex, or if it isn’t, sex hides the problem so completely that I don’t know what it is. I want revenge on a woman who is not real

1982, Janine

Alasdair Gray

It’s three o’clock in the morning and I can’t sleep, which is probably why I’m in that chair, not in bed. I’ve made a pot of dark roast coffee to clear my head and help me think . . . By nine o’clock in the morning I am being stunned by the serious weirdness of the universe.

Looking In the Distance

Richard Holloway

We only have three rules. No chewing gum. No talking. And if you die, it’s your own fault


Scarlett Thomas

Timing is everything...


Daniel H. Pink

I wanted to make stories and pictures. While writing or painting I forgot myself so completely that I did not want to be any different. I felt I was death’s equal.

Of Me and Others

Alasdair Gray

If you are near the sea, you hear it. The sea is loud, and it is always. The sound of its waves never stop their shushing and cracking on shingle and sand. The sea is eternally percussive, a natural heartbeat. Children are taught to listen out for the sound with a conch held up to the ear.

Salt On Your Tongue

Charlotte Runcie

By regretting the past or guessing the future, we end up missing the only life worth living: the one which proceeds from the here and now and deserves to be savoured.

A Brief History of Thought

Luc Ferry