Your Basket has been updated - Go to Checkout

The Reader Issue 31



Featuring Anna Woodford, Andrew McNeillie, Jeffrey Wainwright, Howard Jacabson, Raymond Tallis


only £6.95


only £6.95

Contents Include:

  • New poetry by Anna Woodford, John Welch, Andrew McNeillie, Jennifer Compton and Michael O’Neill.
  • Jeffrey Wainwright writes about his poem, ‘Mere Bagatelle 1' in the latest Poet on His Work, letting us see into the poem’s beginnings.
  • Howard Jacobson argues for the good of books that tell you what to do.
  • Janet Suzman talks to Philip Davis about Peggy Ashcroft, her own great Cleopatra of 1974, and the particular need for an actor to find a core of reality in the character she plays.
  • Raymond Tallis, polymath and long-time friend of The Reader, gives us his funny account of the role of the asterisk in literature, ‘Reader, I Sh*gged Him’.
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce gives us his funny and moving new story, ‘Accelerate’, in which a woman wishes away time, which of course cannot be recalled.

Issue Highlight:

Mary Weston begins a three-part serial set in the time of the First World War, with flashbacks from an alternative world. The great Victorian literary periodicals regularly offered their readers a novel in serial form: in that way, all the nation were reading Dickens at more or less the same time, like a great family. This is The Reader’s attempt to revive the tradition.

Bit at the Bottom:

From 'Fresco'

I might have thought of my father then
weighed down by kids, and bills, and a brush,
my father who wouldn’t fly, who bore
the name of the patron saint of travellers.

By Anna Woodford

sign up to our newsletter

latest events

Get in touch

The Reader Calderstones Mansion House Calderstones Park Liverpool L18 3JB



Registered charity number: 1126806 Registered company number: 0660 7389

If you have any suggestions on how we can enhance The Reader experience for you, please get in touch by filling out our quick form. Thank you.