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Vikings

•→http://www.history.com/shows/vikings←

The TV series, written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History, is set at the beginning of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793.

The first season portrays Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as a young Viking warrior who longs to discover civilizations […]

England, England [J Barnes]

Julian Barnes contributes a previously unseen extract from his novel England, England.

Sir Jack Pitman creates a theme park on the Isle of Wight (=’England England’) that duplicates the tourist spots of England. Within easy walking distance are replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di’s grave, Harrods, Stonehenge, and […]

Read Short Stories Online

“The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting” [Arthur Schopenhauer]

Since 2008, Be-a-Better-Writer.com has aimed to cultivate interest in Canadian and International fiction from new and emerging writers. They publish a broad range of adjudicated fiction, […]

Read & Listen to Short Stories

This site – The Drabblecast: → http://www.drabblecast.org/ offers . . .

Strange Stories, By Strange Authors, for Strange Listeners

The Drabblecast is an award-winning, illustrated, listener-supported audio fiction magazine, released as a free to download, weekly podcast. It features short stories at the far side of weird, including science fiction, horror, […]

Liz Lochhead + Ivor Cutler

¤ Liz Lochhead ⇓

⇒Makar Liz Lochhead was born in 1947 in Motherwell, from where the family moved to the nearby village of Newarthill. It was a “very normal, very Scottish, very proddy, posh working-class / lower middle-class life”. Everyone in family read a lot and used the public library […]

The Wasp Factory [I. Banks]

If you’ve read Iain Banks‘s novel, you’ll enjoy the BBC-Radio 4 interview.

→ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016w0nf

Includes an excerpt from Chapter 8 read by Iain Banks himself. Transcript below . . .

Iain Banks meets James Naughtie and readers at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh to talk about his […]

Peter Carey

¤ PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA (excerpts)

Olivier is an aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution. Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer and twice Olivier’s age, always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Starting on different sides of […]

Ian McEwan

•→Conversations with Ian McEwan ⇐[London, 2008]

Born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England, he studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan’s works have […]

Don deLillo

¤ Director’s Cut: Underworld by Don DeLillo

For the 60th anniversary of the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, read an excerpt from

Pafko at the Wall ↓ the prologue to DeLillo’s American epic.

Another except from Underworld . . .

We were about thirty miles below the Canadian border […]

The World According to Garp [excerpt]

An international bestseller since its publication in 1978, The World According to Garp established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation.

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her […]

Alice Munro

Canadian writer Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, South West Ontario and has written short fiction since 1950. Her books consist of collections of short stories, and one book which has been published as a novel, although it is actually a set of inter-linked stories which falls between the two […]

Margaret Atwood

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1939, she is Canada’s most eminent novelist and poet, and also writes short stories, critical studies, screenplays, radio scripts and books for children, her works having been translated into over 30 languages. Her reviews and critical articles have appeared in various eminent magazines and she […]

Tomás Ó Cárthaigh + Seamus Heaney

Born in Ballinasloe in County Galway, Ireland, Tomás Ó Cárthaigh grew up in Offaly and currently lives and works in Tullamore in the north of Co. Offaly. Writing for Tomás is a passion, he was the winner of the Readings from the Pallet festival in Banagher in 2010, and also featured at the […]

The Lost Language of Cranes [excerpt]

“EARLY ON A rainy Sunday afternoon in November a man was hurrying down Third Avenue, past closed and barred florist shops and newsstands, his hands stuffed into his pockets and his head bent against the wind…”

Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, David Leavitt‘s […]