‘Assembling the Text Classics is a marvellous publishing adventure. It has been chastening and exhilarating for all of us at Text to learn how much of our extraordinary literary heritage continues to gather dust in our cultural attics, out of sight, out of mind. The point about these lost books is that they are not only new reading experiences for us now, but they will remain new for every generation that encounters them because they say essential things to us and about us. Reading them makes the past present. They might have been lost but they cannot grow old.’ Michael Heyward
A weekly wrap-up of news, reviews and goings-on at Text.
Yellow—sunflowers, bananas, brick roads...Chong’s raincoat! We can’t get enough of this gorgeous happy colour here at Text, which is also, of course, the signature colour of the Text Classics.
The Scholl Case is the gripping true story of a man convicted of the brutal murder of his wife. They were considered the perfect couple, married for almost fifty years.
We spoke to award-winning journalist Anja Reich-Osang about her experience writing this incredible story.
We are thrilled that Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project has been shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.
As soon as we read the book we knew we had to publish it. ‘His Bloody Project explores primary ideas about storytelling and truth-telling,’ our publisher Michael Heyward wrote, ‘about justice, sanity, reason and feeling, as if the form of the novel was being put together before your eyes. It is a puzzle of a book but you will have to experience for yourself the brooding drumbeat of its narrative. The moment I finished I wanted to begin again to discover where I had been and how Graeme Macrae Burnet managed to create his masterful tale.’