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Q & A: Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is a British novelist, poet and playwright, whose explorations of complex female relationships have drawn comparisons with the work of Elena Ferrante. Levy is currently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for her novel Hot Milk, the tale of a noxious mother-daughter relationship that teems with menace and wry humour, which we looked at earlier this year. Waterstones Online's Sally Campbell caught up with Levy to discuss her approach to writing and the origins of this bold and vital novel.

Taking The Long Way Round

The next installment in our Man Booker Prize Longlist coverage is a candid and amusing account by longlisted author Ian McGuire of how he came to write The North Water. After a chance discovery of a little-known book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, McGuire abandoned his original idea for an altogether darker premise. 

History of Coal in Alabama

Continuing our coverage of the Man Booker Prize Longlist, we are thrilled to be able to publish an exclusive outtake chapter from Virginia Reeves' Work Like Any Other entitled 'History of Coal in Alabama'. The author notes, "In the following piece, the narrator, Roscoe T Martin, reflects on a story from his childhood. This particular section didn't find a home in the final draft of the novel, but remains a significant part of the book's landscape and Roscoe's character."

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