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Nic Low on designing the book cover for Arms Race

Nic Low’s short-story collection, Arms Race , is a fearful and playful debut. Here, he shares the inspiration behind the book’s cover design, courtesy of WH Chong.

A few years ago, on a launch heading to a small island off New Zealand’s south coast, I thought I saw a giant octopus. It lay beneath the waves like a bruise. It was as wide as a dow…

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Our mid-year bookish awards for 2014

The Vladimir Nabokov award for an opening paragraph:
Family Life by Akhil Sharma

‘My father has a glum nature. He retired three years ago, and he doesn’t talk much. Left to himself, he can remain silent for days. When this happens, he begins brooding, he begins thinking strange thoughts. Recently he told me that I was selfish, that I had always b

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Our mid-year bookish awards for 2014 (for young people)

Best memoir written by a teenager:
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Some teenage diaries are best kept under lock and key, but happily this one is charming, well-written, and a great insight into 8th Grade politics.

Best translated young adult novel:
Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, translated by John Nieuwenhuizen

Eccentric and unique, with qui…

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