Letters have the power to grant us a larger life. They reveal motivation and deepen understanding. They are evidential. They change lives, and they rewire history

To the Letter

Simon Garfield

We're all in sales now

To Sell Is Human

Daniel H. Pink

We have brought this cauldron of rush upon ourselves. Time seems faster because we have made it so


Simon Garfield

If you’d glanced just once across the field, you’d have seen me standing in the middle on my own, looking straight at you . . . But you didn’t. You only had eyes for Alice

Things We Have in Common

Tasha Kavanagh

One September morning, Giovanni Drogo, being newly commissioned, set out from the city for Fort Bastiani; it was his first posting.This was the day he had looked forward for years - the beginning of his real life

The Tartar Steppe

Dino Buzzati

She should have kept him with her, should not have let him go. A crazy thought. She couldn’t have stopped him. Never could

Ten Days

Gillian Slovo

Tabard Inn to Canterbury Cathedral, Poet pilgrims competing for free picks, Chaucer Tales, track by track, it's the remix and we're keeping it real, reminisce this: Chaucer Tales were an unfinished business.

Telling Tales

Patience Agbabi

Simon’s Cat in ‘Window Pain’

Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you. A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be

A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki

It’s big, it’s fat, it’s Simon’s Cat!

Simon's Cat

Simon Tofield

It would take her thousands of steps to get anywhere, but she would get there easily, and when she arrived, in the present, it would seem like it had been a single movement that brought her there


Tao Lin

He’s called Kasper. He’s an Italian prisoner. Kasper has been his code name for a long time, his battle name in a life filled with battles. Now his only battle is to stay alive

The Supernotes Affair

Agent Kasper & Luigi Carletti

For she’d met with books, she went into them to a magic land far from Echt, out and away and south

Sunset Song

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

The best way to help a child through a challenging moment is to give them a story about it, whether they’re being bullied, have fallen in love for the first time, or the tooth-fairy failed to show up

The Story Cure

Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

The abandoned universe was such a weird place, because even though it had been shut down for ever, there were still lights on inside, as if nothing had changed

Some Rain Must Fall And Other Stories

Michel Faber

Mathematics is a world of eternal truths and abstract perfection. Exploring its transcendent beauty can be a spiritual experience

Snowflake Seashell Star

Alex Bellos

If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture—that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Caitlin Doughty

Trickster is the mythic embodiment of ambiguity and ambivalence, doubleness and duplicity, contradiction and paradox… A boundary-crosser

Trickster Makes This World

Lewis Hyde

The only visible sign of his power was a woman lying beside him, unmoving, her head resting on his lap, eyes closed, arms hidden under a loose red robe that spread around her, like a flame, on the ash-coloured mat


Alessandro Baricco

Don't let them make you feel stupid, just because you are happy to play down in the dark with your flashlight. The mystical world depends on you and your tolerance for the absurd. Be strong, my darling ones, and believe!

The Sick Bag Song

Nick Cave

It’s a hard place this world can be. No wonder a baby cries coming into it. Tears from the very start.


Ron Rash

Somewhere in the world there is a magical book. What does this book do? It simply changes itself to become the book you most need at this point in your life

The Seed Collectors

Scarlett Thomas

There was hardly a door, barely a wall: only a flap of bark, a screen of sticks and mud. There was no need of lock, of door, of wall: this was a prison whose bars were ten thousand miles of water

The Secret River

Kate Grenville

What is the fascination of an island? Why do we experience such a thrill at being surrounded by water, cut off from the rest of mankind, imprisoned on a miniature world

The Scottish Islands

Hamish Haswell-Smith