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The Reader Issue 46



Featuring Tim Parks, Brian Patten, Gillian Clarke, Stephen Gill, Bernard O'Donoghue, Raymond Tallis


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only £6.95

Contents Include:

  • An extract from Tim Parks’ latest novel, the unnerving and insightful The Server (Harvill Secker, May 2012
  • New poetry from Julie-ann Rowell, Neil Curry, Caroline Price, Marina Sanchez and David Attwooll
  • Sue Colbourn interviews Matthew Knight, a clinical psychologist with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who has been using poetry in therapeutic settings since the late-nineties, with some staggering results – including a wonderfully moving account of a man who spoke after four years of silence upon reading Wordsworth  – the power of whose words is further explored by Gillian Clarke, Stephen Gill, Bernard O’Donoghue and Raymond Tallis
  • Brian Patten features in the regular Poet on His Work feature, writing a no-holds-barred account of the inspiration for his poem Stepfather

Issue Highlights:

‘You’ll never fly now and I never could’

One of this issue’s highlights is Mark Godfrey’s absorbing short story, The Magpie which revolves around the narrator’s encounterwith a troubled girl who lives across the road from him. This is no ordinary encounter however, as the girl and her situation inspire both anxious and protective feelings in the narrator.

Bit at the bottom:

Check out Editor Angela Macmillan’s recommendations for books about walking, including Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf:

"As Clarissa Dalloway walks through a London park, the narrative moves through the twists and turns of her thoughts and on into different minds, times and memories only tacitly connected. On the surface, Mrs Dalloway is a type: wife to an MP; the perfect hostess getting ready for her party. But through the fluidity of the narration, internal processes open up to allow access to a whole life made up of everyday trivia and weighty significance."



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