Granta 99: What Happened Next

by various authors.

One to go till the big one!

Granta 99: What Happened Next

According to the bumf on the back cover:

This issue of Granta is about storytelling—the stories we invent, the stories we tell about other people, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives.

…which is odd, because it didn't seem to be about that sort of thing at all.

This was the first Granta since Ian Jack left as editor after 48 editions. All my fellow Granta fans were no doubt wondering what would happen next. As it turned out, it was more of the same—which is far from a bad thing.

I was a bit disconcerted that there seemed to be more fiction than usual. I much prefer Granta's non-fiction. But it was still a damn good read. The two stand-out pieces for me (both non-fiction) were an article about O.G.S. Crawford, the man who invented aerial archaeology, and an essay about the Mafia in Naples.

It will be interesting to see how Granta develops under new ownership and a new editor.

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