Caryl Phillips, author and playwright

(CLASSIC: from Tigers Are Better-Looking, Penguin 20th Century Classics)

A beautifully modulated story about a single woman’s descent into confusion, and ultimately imprisonment, in post-war London. The West Indian vernacular is brilliantly sustained and the narrative is full of startling images and observations which shed light upon the psychological fragility of the central character.

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(MODERN: from It’s Beginning to Hurt, Vintage)

A middle-aged man faces cancer and makes a trip from New England to New York City in order to undergo a biopsy. It is a long day in the city, during which he now realises he loathes the place in which he had once revelled. The deceptively simple conclusion to the story brings him face-to-face with life in the broadest sense.

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