In its twenty year history, Serpent’s Tail has consistently published writers from outside the literary mainstream. With Elfreid Jelinek picking up the Nobel Prize in 2004 and Lionel Shriver scooping the Orange prize last year for We Need to Talk About Kevin, founder Pete Ayrton can be confident that the risks he has taken have paid off.
Giles Harvey considers whether poetry still has a place in the whirlwind world of mass media communication.
Laura Keynes reflects on the life of a nineteenth century hack…
Mark Grimmer talks to Helen Oyeyemi about her own experiences of Africa and her stratospheric rise to fame.
Caleb Klaces reviews The Darling, by Russell Banks
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
‘This was a city’, writes Matthew Collin, ‘which had almost lost its heart, and was fast losing its mind.’
At times this is an uneasy book to read. Arundhati’s opinions are dazzlingly forthright, exposing facts about the balance of power in our world that we daily choose to ignore.
Just how multicultural is the world of publishing and bookselling in the UK?
‘I see organized religions as incredibly oppressive, particularly for women… I think many women and men are disturbed by the Church’s hypocrisy when it comes to sexuality’