To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To be happy with your own non-upgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business

Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig

I’ve only ever been a hair away from being utterly alone in the world

The Bones of Grace

Tahmima Anam

Amy Liptrot on writing her way home

Carol Birch reads from Orphans of the Carnival

Sheila Kohler reads from Once We Were Sisters

To the voiceless, the muffled, the frightened, the guilty, I attempt to give words

Once We Were Sisters

Sheila Kohler

The film trailer for Black Mass, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Starring Johnny Depp as the notorious Whitey Bulger.

Mr Holmes film UK trailer

Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode introduce The Movie Doctors

Ben Fountain reads from Billy Lynn’s Longtime Walk at the 2012 National Book Awards Finalists’ Reading. (It won the the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.)