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This extract from Malorie Blackman's novel, Double Cross, is a dialogue between two people engaged in criminal activities.
Inua Ellam's poem, Candy Coated Unicorns And Converse All Stars, is a dark look at the plight of individuals set against violence, both of a domestic and of a general nature.
This extract from Andrew O’Hagan’s novel, Be Near Me, is centred around a boat trip that the narrator – a priest – is taking with two of his young parishioners.
Francesca Beard's poem, Baby Scorpion, deals with transformation and consequence. A baby scorpion crawls from a burning log in front of a couple who are keeping warm by the fire.
Sinéad Morrissey's poem, Genetics, gives us a wistful recollection of the poet as a celebration of the coming together of her parents.
Gillian Clarke's poem, Lament, is an elegy, an expression of grief. It can be a sad, military tune played on a bugle.
China Mieville's text is taken from the Prologue of his book called 'King Rat', and is the description of an ambitious rat setting off on a mission.
This extract from Kei Miller's novel, The Same Earth, tells the story of Jonathon and his supposed drowning in the river.
This extract is taken from Keith Gray's novel, The Chain. The extract deals with a young girl who gets engrossed in reading from a book to her father, who is dying in hospital.