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FICTION   (Page 5 of 6)

A new short story by Phoebe Blatton - 'I think about how I got here, flipped on my back along this path, in the foothills of these Polish mountains.'

An excerpt from Kevin Wilson's book The Family Fang - an actress is asked to shoot a topless scene and does not know what to do...'It was an old Fang family technique employed before doing some­thing disastrous. You pretended to be dead and when you came out of it, nothing, no matter how dire, seemed important.'...

A new short story from Feridon Rashidi:

'Farhad was too busy playing with his friends to care about what the grown-ups were doing or saying. He heard the words: martyrdom, self-sacrifice, Karbala and Imam Hussein, but they were meaningless to him. Farhad imagined Ashura would be a religious play similar to Ta’zieh. He thought he would enjoy such an event...'

An excerpt from Luke Williams' book The Echo Chamber - from Scotland Evie Steppman reprises the sounds and stories of her life, beginning before her own birth in Lagos, and brought back to her by an extraordinary sense of hearing.

An extract from Ian Marchant's new novel, Something of the Night...

'Night is our time of greatest playfulness and freedom, of love and romance. We go to pubs, nightclubs, and all-night drinking dens; we go to cinemas, theatres and bingo halls. We go to night classes, dance lessons, the football and the dogs.'

A short story from Rowena Macdonald's collection Smoked Meat, set in Montreal’s demi-monde. 'It was winter when Henry first went down to Rue Beaudry...'

'Ragnar was thinking about ravens. He had heard they were very wise and could be trained. There were ravens close by them; sometimes they fluttered overhead like pieces of ash from the volcano. They had voices made out of coal.'

 Otto, a twelve year old boy living in the Bavarian village of Frieberg in 1926, makes a new friend with whom he shares a common interest in entomology - this relationship leads to a revelation that has implications for his past as well as his future.

A new short story from Maria McCarthy.

The dust took months to settle. Every time I polished the furniture, it was covered again within a couple of hours, like salt sprinkled on an icy path...

From 'Too Asian, Not Asian Enough' - A frightened traveller wanders the twilit streets of Jerusalem hoping to fulfil the dying wish of his mother.

'Whatever the consequences, he has a job to do. Hopefully he can get up that early without waking Elaina.'

The Hub proudly previews "The Upgrade" by Tanya Datta, featured on MIR8.

The Hub proudly previews "Margaret Thatcher's Tits" by Daniel Bourke, featured on MIR8.

The Hub proudly previews "Some Time After" by Charlotte Beeston, featured on MIR8.

The Hub is proud to present an extract from Joe Dunthorne's new novel, 'Wild Abandon'...

Kate and Albert, sister and brother, are not yet the last two human beings on earth, but Albert is hopeful. The secluded communal farm they grew up on is - after twenty years - disintegrating, taking their parents' marriage with it. They both try to escape: Kate, at seventeen, to a suburbia she knows only through fiction and Albert, at eleven, into preparations for the end of the world - which is coming, he is sure.

The opening of Rachel Connor's Sisterwives.

A story of intimacy, desire and spiritual quest set in an isolated religious community.

Julius Pasteiner

A group of teenage boys share a joint and an interest in a particular girl...

A new short story from a new voice in which an 'interesting meeting' reveals the similiarities and differences between Western and Iranian cultures.

Iphgenia Baal reads from her debut novel - a study of gang culture centred round the disruptions caused by the building of the Great Midland Railway and its terminus, St Pancras station.

Iphgenia Baal reads from her debut novel - a study of gang culture centred round the disruptions caused by the building of the Great Midland Railway and its terminus, St Pancras station.

Aatish Taseer

The prologue from Taseer's latest novel, which examines the political and cultural border dividing India and Pakistan from the point of view of a son of both countries.

Peter Benson's latest novel follows the adventures of farm labourer Elliot and celebrates the magic, history and superstition of its Somerset setting.

Richard T Kelly

Richard T Kelly brings the Gothic novel into the 21st century with his tale of three doctors testing the bonds of friendship, duty and reality.

Jane Harris

An extract from Harris's latest novel, in which an elderly woman reflects on her youthful experiences in 19th-century Glasgow, her friendship with the artist Gillespie and the disappearance of a child.

An extract from Woods' debut novel, envisaging a Britain ruled by the church, with secularists expelled to 'the island'.

A brand new short story from a new talent, dealing with juvenile passions, insecurity and dissimulation.

As part of the Hub's showcase of Bangladeshi writing, we present a brand new short story examining trust, relationships and 'Bengali sentimentality'.

A brand new short story from Niki Aguirre's forthcoming collection Terminal Romance, exploring the perils of online dating, particularly for an already-married woman...

Kalinda Ashton

An extract from the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist 2010's debut. Two sisters, each in her own way, is haunted by the tragic events of fourteen years before.

Birkbeck alumni and Hub blogger Nik Korpon gives it some hardboiled Baltimore in his debut novel.

Kevin Barry

The sneekiest of peeks at the new novel from the acclaimed short story writer.

Tim Binding

The opening of Binding's latest, a literary satire examining Britain at the end of the twentieth century.

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