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Articles tagged “extracts”

Look At Me by Mareike Krügel: An Extract

Mareike Krügel is a highly celebrated German author who has received numerous literary awards, including the Friedrich Hebbel Prize. We at Text fell in love with her fourth novel, Look at Me, and knew that we had to bring it to you. This is the first time Mareike Krügel has been translated into English and we’re sure it won’t be the last.

Translated by the wonderful Imogen Taylor, Look at Me is both blackly funny and deeply reflective.

Read on for an extract.

Asking A. S. King: Aka, all the questions Danielle Binks didn’t get around to last year

A. S. King’s unforgettable novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz is out through Text this month. John Green has described A. S. King as ‘one of the best YA writers working today.’

Craig Sherborne: Alternative bibles, unsavoury types and a rug called Carlos

Craig Sherborne’s latest book, Off the Record: A Novel, is a riotously unforgiving  story about a tabloid crime reporter who considers himself a writer of exceptional talent and a hero to his wife and teenage son. 
We sat  down with Craig Sherborne, whom the Australian has referred to as ‘a supreme wordsmith’, and asked him a few questions.
Enjoy – then stick around to read an excerpt from his latest masterfully written satire.

Dead! Whatcha Gonna Do About It?

Q. Why are there almost as many jokes about death as there are about sex?

A. Because they both scare the pants off us. 

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between is exactly what it says. Daniel Klein, author of Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It and Travels with Epicurus, has teamed up with his good friend Thomas Cathcart to take on death at full joke throttle.

Read an extract from this fearless and brilliant book...

The Mysterious Mr Iverson

Jack Iverson took up cricket in 1946, at 31, walking into a cricket club just to have a go. Four years later he was the best spin bowler in the world. 

Read an excerpt from the latest book in the Text Classics series, Mystery Spinner, with an introduction by Russell Jackson, the biography of perhaps the most original and the most elusive character in Australian sporting history, by renowned cricket writer Gideon Haigh.

Bruce and Barry: An extract from The Best Film I Never Made

The Best Film I Never Made and Other Stories about a Life in the Arts, the multi-faceted and fascinating collection of essays from Bruce Beresford is out this month through Text. 

Bruce Beresford is known for such acclaimed films as Driving Miss Daisy, Mao’s Last Dancer and Breaker Morant.

Text brings you a nostalgic extract from this collection about Bruce Beresford’s personal friendship with the ever-entertaining Barry Humphries.

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk: an Appreciation and an Extract

This month, Text published a rather remarkable Polish novel called Flights by Olga Tokarczuk.

Why are we publishing this book? The editor for Flights, Penny Hueston, has put together a short piece on why Text feels so passionate about Olga Tokarczuk and her writing. 

Once you’ve read Penny’s piece, read our short extract...

Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. Read an essay by Briohny Doyle

Millennials have had bad press for a long time. Now they are fighting back, making their mark on a world that is profoundly different from the one their parents knew.

Read Briohny Doyle’s astute and timely essay on housing and Millennials, ‘Off the Plan: Shelter, the future and the problems in between’:

A Special Short Story by Amy Witting

Your faithful Texters are not only overjoyed to add three more works by Amy Witting to its Text Classics series this month—The VisitA Change in the Lighting and Selected Stories—but we are also thrilled to present to you here an extra Witting story, one not included in Selected Stories

Read on for a short story not included in Selected Stories—‘Afterplay’.

Never Alone, a psychological thriller by former police intelligence analyst Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes, author of the creepiest stalker novel ever, Into the Darkest Corner, terrifies us all over again with her new psychological thriller. Never Alone is a brilliantly suspenseful and shockingly relatable story set in a remote Yorkshire village, in which Sarah Carpenter trustingly invites an old acquantaince, Aiden Beck, into her home and life. Read the first chapter below. 


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