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The Commissar of Bray: Robert Conquest satirises Communist hackery

“Reader, there never was a choice. The air between these pages is sucked out each time we watch her go”

Fans of Clive James cherished his poetry as much as his other accomplishments. This is an excerpt from Ian Shircore’s new biography, “So Brightly at the Last”, the first full-length study of the man and his muse

The birds are stoned with the humidity / in the sluggish air, the element / condensing on their feathers like beads.

A Brexit poem by Liz Lefroy

“‘My phobia is simple: I am constantly terrified that a crime is going to be committed and that I am going to be implicated in some way.” A new short story

“In the summer of 1980, in the grip of some Kerouac-ish fantasy, I opted to hitch-hike from Laredo to New York”

On writing the life of a very private man