Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s debut is the heartbreaking tale of what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family; a powerful and vivid story of what it means to love not wisely but too well. Shortlisted for the Baileys & Wellcome Book Prizes, Stay With Me was one of the great books of the year.
The 'American Dream' and 'America First' are two of the most loaded phrases in America today, and also two of the most misunderstood. Celebrated critic and professor of American Literature, Sarah Churchwell tackles the thorny topic of American identity in her enthralling new book Behold, America. Churchwell joins us to explore US political history and reveal a nation in a state of constant war with itself.
Gina Miller came to prominence when she brought one of the most significant constitutional cases ever to be heard in the British Supreme Court, successfully challenging the UK government's authority to trigger Article 50. In her memoir Rise, Miller draws on a lifetime of fighting injustice to demonstrate that sometimes just one person can make a difference.
Celebrated novelist, and journalist Nikesh Shukla introduces a powerful new novel. Building on the themes and critical acclaim of The Good Immigrant collection Shukla edited, The One Who Wrote Destiny casts another unflinching eye on race and immigration. With wit, wisdom and sensitivity Shukla explores trauma and relationships across three generations of the Jani family.
Trans Britain chronicles the struggle for trans rights in Britain. Editor and activist Christine Burns shares the testimonies of those who were there to witness a marginalised community grow into the visible phenomenon we recognise today. Everything you always wanted to know about the background of the trans community from the community itself.
In his new book, Dave Haslam documents his encounters with inspiring characters like Tony Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Neneh Cherry, Tracey Thorn, John Peel, Mark E Smith, Ian Brown, and John Lydon. Morrissey comes to tea; he discusses masturbation with Viv Albertine; he has a gun pulled on him at the Hacienda, a drug dealer threatens to slit his throat; Sonic Youth sleep on his floor; and a crew of lesbians in Paris save his life. Dave is an inimitable delight for fans of music and memoir.
Danny Dorling explains how the widening chasm between rich and poor has had dire implications for health, housing, education, demography, and politics in the UK. Today more than 99% are losing out. So how do we become more equal in an age of peak income inequality? And without a full-blown civil war? Inequality may have reached a peak, but it never falls without a fight.
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England by Helen Castor has been adapted for performance by physical theatre artist Laura Careless with Dr. Castor as Historical Consultant and debuts in Edinburgh this August. Learn about the process of bringing the stories of England’s forgotten female rulers from page to stage!
Award-winning, playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer Sabrina Mahfouz joins us to discuss her diverse body of work. Already a celebrated figure in the arts, since 2017 Mahfouz has earned critical acclaim for her poetry- How You Might Know Me– her contributions to The Good Immigrant, She Grrrowls, and Don’t Panic I’m Islamic as well as editing The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write.
The legendary Terry Eagleton draws on both his most recent work, Radical Sacrifice, and his newly-reissued classic Why Marx Was Right to consider the concepts which have underpinned our political thought for centuries, and shows that, when it comes to diagnosing the ills of modern society, some ideas don’t have a shelf life.
She Called Me Woman is a groundbreaking collection of queer women's narratives -beautifully told stories of resistance and resilience, joy and laughter, heartbreaks and victories, collecting the realities of queer Nigerians who will no longer be invisible. Editor Chitra Nagarajan discusses the anthology and its challenge to ignorance and stereotypes.
Russia is reshaping the world order to its advantage: this should trouble us all. Award-winning journalist Luke Harding discusses the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia. In Collusion Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage.
Award-winning reporter Rania Abouzeid addresses the unravelling of a nation- peaceful protests collapsing into violence, families shattered by shelling, religious conviction sharpened to a radical point. Abouzeid shows Syrians continue to live and resist even as al-Assad's regime - and the threat of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State - tears their homeland apart.
Monstrous Regiment’s Bi-ble collected intersectional bi voices and shared unique stories, voices and identities. That first anthology showed the need to elevate as many bi voices as possible- so the Bi-ble’s authors and editors join us for a bi book fringe bash; it's time to spread the good word.
If queer is what you are, and writing is what you do, what happens when both combine? This question has never been far from Queer Words Project Scotland. In this panel, Ryan Vance (editor), Kirsty Logan and Rachel Plummer (writers/mentors), and Heather McDaid (publisher, 404Ink) discuss how engaging with queerness in writing can create both pigeonholes and opportunities for writer and reader alike.