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Contents

Introduction

Liz Jobey ix

Are We Related?

Linda Grant

1

Bicycle Thieves

Mother Care

Blake Morrison

Jayne Anne Phillips

26

39

Blood

Urvashi Butalia

61

Love of the World

The Lost Boys

Destroyed

John McGahern

Anna Pyasetskaya

Hilary Mantel

70

101

107

Call if You Need Me

Raymond Carver

119

A Blow to the Head

Big Milk

A. L. Kennedy

Jackie Kay

131

151

Paolo

Tim Parks

160

The Umbrella

Hanif Kureishi

177

If I Dream I Have You

Famous People

Justine Picardie

Orhan Pamuk

187

207

Alive, Alive-Oh!

Diana Athill

229

Marrying Eddie

Our Nicky’s Heart

Early Retirement

Robyn Davidson

Graham Swift

John Lanchester

247

261

271

The Merry Widow

Edmund White

283

The Grief of Strangers

Albert Smith

Early One Morning

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 303

Graham Smith

Helen Simpson

319

324

Like an Episode of LA Law A. M. Homes

Twins

Doing the Paperwork

Little Sister

Jeremy Seabrook

David Goldblatt

Anne Enright

337

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381

Five Things Beginning

Ali Smith

391

with My Father

Contributors

Acknowledgements

Permissions

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403

405

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