We love our favourite writers because they are human, and they have made an effort to communicate something important to us. In knowing they are human we understand that they feel just as much as we do

Monkeys with Typewriters

Scarlett Thomas

To allow money to help us lead a good life and create a good society (which it can do), we need a better understanding of our psychological relationship with the stuff

Mind Over Money

Claudia Hammond

Loneliness, I began to realise, was a populated place: a city in itself. And when one inhabits a city, even a city as rigorously and logically constructed as Manhattan, one starts by getting lost

The Lonely City

Olivia Laing

An impossibility is just a possibility you don’t understand yet

A Boy Called Christmas

Matt Haig

At a certain point, you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains, the world, Now I am ready. Now I will stop and be wholly attentive. You empty yourself and wait, listening

Teaching a Stone to Talk

Annie Dillard

Watch the Trailer for the adaption of The World Made Straight

The sand is made of gypsum—whatever that is—and is as bright as newfallen snow. Brighter, actually. It’s really quite unbelievable that anything can be so bright

White Sands

Geoff Dyer

A Boy Called Christmas cover

Listen to Stephen Fry read from A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig! But only if you believe in impossible things.

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A fascinating visual breakdown of some of the effects in the Amazon pilot Oasis, based on The Book of Strange New Things.

Michel Faber reads ‘Don’t Hesitate to Ask’ from Undying

Ayobami Adebayo in conversation at Foyles

If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking

Stay With Me

Ayobami Adebayo

the Angelus bell ringing out over its villages and townlands over the fields and hills and bogs in between, six chimes of three across a minute and a half, a summons struck on the lip of the void

Solar Bones

Mike McCormack