We’re delighted to announce that the latest issue of The Manchester Review is now live. It’s our eleventh outing, and as always, it features a selection of new and exciting short fiction from writers based here in the UK as well as much further afield. In previous editions, we have had the pleasure of publishing work by Martin Amis, John Banville, Jennifer Egan, Ali Smith, Kevin Barry and Colm Toibin; this winter, we’re proud to welcome Richard Lea, Richard Hirst, Torii Grabowski, Elvis Bego, Kathryn Kruse and Peter Frederick Matthews to our pages, accompanied by stunning artwork from Mary Griffiths. To whet your appetites, here’s a couple of teasers…
This is how it will start. You see him on stage, strumming a blue Stetson, his mouth tightened in concentration. You look at him through your viewfinder and capture him singing along with the chorus. He looks directly into your camera, and you let it hang loose around your neck. You hold his gaze, then look away. It will be a game, and you will win. That is how it will start.
His question is this: Does the violence stop at a certain age? Will he, when he is 17, when he is 25, when he is 36, when he is living his real life and has finally become the person he is meant to be, will he still be eyeing up every other person he comes across, assessing whether or not they are about to attack him? And if so, will he really ever be his true self? Can he imagine living with this constant threat and suspicion and not remain a boy who makes bargains with himself, pretending nothing will happen so that nothing will happen, a person lurking at the fringes of their own life, endlessly compromising, waiting for some phoney future when they can finally take up residence at the centre of things, afraid for it ever to be now?
Peter Frederick Matthews
Intrigued? Click through to read more. We’re currently closed for submissions, but we’ll reopen in the New Year with an announcement about our Spring and Autumn issues for 2014. Stay tuned!
Valerie O’Riordan, Ian McGuire, John McAuliffe (editors)