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Granta 119: Britain

Broken Britain? The forthcoming issue of Granta, published on 10 May, is a celebration of the nation’s past and present, its people, its land – and the deep connections between them. The stories, poems and memoirs in this collection show the delicate human interactions within the sometimes brutal context of historical and contemporary Britain. There is no other place like it.

Photo for Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Silt’ by Phil Nevard.

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In the Issue

Simon Armitage The Making of the English Landscape
John Burnside Home
Jim Crace Enclosure
Adam Foulds Dreams of a Leisure Society
Mark Haddon The Gun
Tania James Lion and Panther in London
Cynan Jones The Dig
Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kalida with an introduction by Tom Stoppard Theatre of Fortune
Robert MacFarlane Silt
Jon McGregor Clough
Jamie McKendrick Cofiwch Dryweryn
Don Paterson The Self-Illuminated
Ross Raisin When You Grow Into Yourself
Robin Robertson 1964
Rachel Seiffert Hands Across the Water
Andrea Stuart Sugar in the Blood
Mario Vargas Llosa The Celt
Gary Younge Stevenage


Sam Byers Some Other Katherine

With Artists Including

Gordon Cheung
Laura Oldfield Ford
Mishka Henner
Yinka Shonibare
Ian Teh

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Will Self introduces New Voice Nick Papadimitriou, a ‘deep topographer’ and navigator of London’s edgelands.

New Poets: Gillian Clarke introduces two rising stars, Sean Borodale and Kaddy Benyon.

Podcasts: Rachel Seiffert and Cynan Jones read from and discuss their pieces in Britain.

Art work showcase: Evie Wyld on Claire Shea’s post-it memorial in Peckham, Ian Teh on his photograph in the issue ‘Woman Walking’ and Justin Coombes’ images take us deep into the life of a kingfisher on Regents Canal.

Simon Armitage on a fishing trip with Ted Hughes.

A. L. Kennedy’s love letter to the London theatres.

Pico Iyer revisits Oxford and walks among its ghosts.

Francine Prose on Downton Abbey fever.

Kapka Kassabova on her global restlessness and coming home to her ‘magic place’, Scotland.

An extract from Lawrence Norfolk’s first novel in twelve years takes us inside a medieval kitchen and a chapter from Alan Warner’s ‘The Deadman’s Pedal.

Tash Aw on Malaysia’s colonial past and Nadifa Mohammed on Somali communities in Britain.

Michael Symmons Roberts takes us on a walk through Manchester.

Poetry from Jamie McKendrick, James Ladun and Lorraine Mariner.

Interview with Britain contributor Tania James.