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So we’ve made it through Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, but it did make us feel rather nostalgic for a momentous 2013. And who can blame us? Last year gave 4th Estate plenty of reasons to be cheerful – from Tash Aw’s Five Star Billionaire being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize to Lucy Hughes-Hallet’s spectacular win of the Samuel Johnson Prize for The Pike – her biography of proto-fascist and poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.
Please read my interview with the Observer to know what I did say. I love my hair, its kinky and dense and coily. I love playing with it, trying hair butters and oils, wearing corn rows and afros. But sometimes I get tired of it and want a break. So I add extensions. I like extensions, but I always look for extensions that look like my hair. For me, the best compliment for extensions is the question: is it your hair? Read more…
We’ve bottled up the internet and labelled it ‘Literary Goodness’. Get your weekly fix of the five online things to see, hear and read, brought to you by us at 4th Estate.
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking writers are just like ordinary people. They’re not. And when they move into your home they come with a special list of requirements that you ignore at your peril. This extract from The Complete Guide to the Care and Training of the Writer in Your Life provides handy tips that will ensure a smooth transition, for example, ‘Designate a warm, cozy area of your home as a “studio.” Your writer will appreciate a couch and blankets or other soft bedding material.’ Read more…
Five things to read and share. Five things to show your friends. Five things to light up your world. Brought to you by us at 4th Estate.
Google predictive search doesn’t just throw up similar searches, it reveals poetry generated by a nation of inquisitive searchers. Google Poetics has brought all these poems/ searches together. The phrase ‘i oft’ leads to reflections on birds and a meditation on the past while ‘can a’ is a harsher poem that deals with pregnancy tests and viruses. The definitive digital anthology for our modern world.