Phew! That was a long title and the first story in this remarkable debut collection by Jessie Greengrass. The title story is one of the strongest and details a sailor’s repeated visits to a remote Arctic island, trapping and killing the Great Auk, a type of penguin that was hunted to extinction in the mid-nineteenth century. Like many of the storie...

K J Orr’s short story credentials are impressive, she’s been published in many literary magazines I admire and won the BBC Short Story Prize in 2016. This is her first collection of short stories but I doubt it will be her last.

She is a writer of skill and confidence, deftly handling her subjects with lightness and precision: they vary from Russian...

My first caveat for reading this book: for god's sake don't read it when you're hungry. Ruby Tandoh has a way with words that makes you start salivating right from the introduction. In it, Tandoh sets out her aim: to change the way we eat, not in any good food/bad food mindset or clean eating mantras, but through shifting the paradigm through which...

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