The first issue of our very own Backstory magazine, featuring new and exclusive writing from some of our favourite contemporary writers — Jessica Andrews, Alice Winn, Colin Walsh and Tom Crewe — mixed with some reliable pizzazz from my old friends on Fleet Street.
We’ve tried to distil the essence of Backstory itself. We hope it’s approachable, lively, informative – and just a little bit snarky.
You’ll find Colin Walsh — whose dark and twisty debut novel, Kala, is a firm Backstory favourite — on his fellow New Irish Writers. Jessica Andrews gives us the backstory on why her writing centres the female body. Somehow Cal Flyn manages in only 380 words to sum up not only her favourite bookshop but also the character of the island on which she lives: it’s a gem.
My favourite pieces are the naughty ones, obviously. A debut novelist spilling the beans on how much she actually earned. The secret diary of a book-to-TV scout. And have you ever imagined what would happen if Alan Bennett and Bram Stoker went on a blind date? The very cheeky Bo Franklin has the answer.