Category: Books


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.

Hot Chocolate

‘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’