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The Reader Issue 44



Featuring Jeanette Winterson, Kate Miller, Peter Robinson, Julie-ann Rowell, Ian McMillan


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Contents Include:

  • Jeanette Winterson talks with Jane Davis about her recently published memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?- the title comes from the question asked by her adoptive mother when, aged sixteen, Jeanette fell in love with a woman and left home.
  • Poetry from Peter Robinson and Julie-ann Rowell, while Kate Miller is the latest to take us behind the scenes of her poems in ‘Poet on her Work’
  • Gabriel Josipovici gives us a Christmas story with a twist and keeping up with the festive spirit Ian McMillan takes us back to his early Christmasses.
  • Essays from Brigid Lowe Crawford on her reasons for taking time out to raise her family, Malcolm Bennett on ear wax, and Alan Wall continuing his series on the oddities of language.

Issue Highlight:

Did you enjoy fairy tales as a child but now find them too childish or feel that you know the stories inside out? Be prepared to be surprised, with B. J. Epstein’s Shine a brilliant modernised Cinderella story based on a shoe- shiner working in Union Station, New York City. ‘Dull black pumps’ replace the age-old glass slippers but this short story is anything but dull. A moving and interesting read.

Bit at the Bottom:

Looking towards the New Year:

From Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve by Robert Herrick

Thus times do shift; each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, as former things grow old

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