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This first volume contains a short story by Philip Hensher, whose latest novel The Northern Clemency was short listed for the Man Booker Prize 2008.

Read an extract and view issue contents below.


The Death of John Garang – Philip Hensher

It had been fifteen years since I’d been in Cairo. At the end of the driveway of the hotel, a figure in the hotel livery, red and gold, raised his arm; the taxi stopped. Two men came from the shadows. Their white uniform had less show about it, and more meaning. They wore no gold badge with their names; had taken less care to be clean for my sake. One carried a device; a four foot pole with, at the bottom, an angled mirror; a dentist’s tool, a dentist for giants. He ran it swiftly under the car’s bodywork. His colleague said something to the driver, who tugged ineffectually at some lever under the dashboard; he spoke again, and the driver got out and forced the boot open. It was a Cairo taxi; a randomly chosen model and make of car that had been painted in black and white squares, giving it authority enough for the job. They looked together; the boot was closed. I had seen this procedure before at the entrance to government buildings. The driver got back in and drove the remaining twenty yards or so.   

Table of Contents

Editorial – Virginia Baily and Sally Flint

Chickens – Luke Kennard 1

In the Orchard – Joanna Guthrie 5

Piggy Back – Ginny Baily 18

The Jarvis Route – Maggie Bevan 23

My Blood – Wame Molefhe 32

Obsession – Helena Locke 40

Tin Bird – Andy Brown – 43

Neap Tide – Lane Ashfeldt – 51

Listen – Sally Flint 55

The Death of John Garang – Philip Hensher 57

Roll up for the Arabian Derby – Susan Wicks 71

PMA – Joyce Ito 79

Shiloh Road – Max Dunbar 82

History Lessons – Paul Harvey 91

Maud and Joseph – Chelsey Flood 99

Julie – Jane Feaver 103

Turning – Heather Reid 108

Irrigation – Vanessa Gebbie 116

A Christmas Story – Rachel Regan 123

Contributors 134