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Granta 75: Brief Encounters

‘I was approached by a courteous young man who handed me a visiting card engraved with his name, Joseph, and his profession: Senior Officers' Pimp.’ Norman Lewis embarks on his career as a British spy in Arabia.

‘Why yes, what a pleasure to meet you.’ He shook my hand. ‘Refresh my memory. Do I owe you something?’ Michael Mewshaw at last runs into his hero: Anthony Burgess.

‘Conversation was daunting. He seemed to have made up his brilliant mind about every possible topic, and condensed his conclusions into unanswerable aphorisms.’ Richard Murphy meets W. H. Auden – and also Theodore Roethke and J. R. Ackerley.

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Richard Murphy: Brief Encounters
Michael Mewshaw: Do I Owe You Something?
Paul Theroux: At The Villa Moro
Alexander Stille: The War of the Words
Norman Lewis: An Amateur Spy in Arabia
Alex Majoli and
James Hamilton-Paterson: The Separate World of Seaports
Anne Enright: Little Sister
Jackie Kay: In Between Talking About the Elephant
Adam Mars-Jones: Everything is Different in Your House
John McGahern: Johnny
Paul Broks: The Sea Horse and the Almond