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Read an extract from Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O’Donoghue

After a tough few years floundering around the British film industry, experimenting with amateur pornography and watching her father’s health rapidly decline, Charlie and her best friend Laura journey to her ancestral home of Clipim, […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Trans Like Me by C N Lester

‘One of the year’s most important books on transgender identity’ Gay Times   Read an extract from this eye-opening book. CN Lester, academic and activist, takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet

Read an extract from the true classic that is Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet. A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King – oyster girl turned music-hall […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Mary Renault’s The Charioteer

In the first of our Pride 2020 extracts, discover The Charioteer by Mary Renault. First published in 1953, The Charioteer is a tender, intelligent coming-of-age novel and a bold, unapologetic portrayal of homosexuality that stands with Gore Vidal’s The […]

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Read an extract from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Working as a lady’s companion, the orphaned heroine of Rebecca learns her place.  Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, […]

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Celebrating Angela Carter

This May would’ve marked Angela Carter’s 80th Birthday. To celebrate we are sharing snippets from her extraordinary career, including this extract from Nothing Sacred. ‘In the pursuit of magnificence, nothing is sacred,’ says Angela Carter, […]

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Rebel Women, The Story of the Book

Who was the all-time top goal scorer in the 2019 World Cup? Who but the quicksilver forward of the Brazilian women’s football team, Marta Vieira da Silva? When I was a girl, we never played […]

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How Much of These Hills is Gold | Early Extract

On 9th April we will publish this year’s literary publishing sensation, How Much of These Hills is Gold by debut author C Pam Zhang. We’ve decided to share a short extract to give you flavour […]

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How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona

Extract   How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona   A compelling literary mystery about the dark corners in a small community, from Marjorie Celona, whose award-winning debut novel Y was praised by Evie […]

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Vol. II

  Read an extract from The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Vol. II     Preface   My involvement with the life of Anne Lister began with a visit to the Calderdale Archives one […]

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The Street by Ann Petry

Extract The Street by Ann Petry A gripping novel from 1946, The Street is prescient and powerful and as relevant today as it was when first published.     I   There was a cold November wind […]

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Board the No. 12 Bus with Sandi Toksvig

  Read an extract from Sandi Toksvig’s memoir, Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus. Preface When I was about seven my father gave me my […]

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