From the chalky horse-pills of faceless pharmaceutical conglomerates to the hot toddy that was Grandmother's remedy for bruised knees, broken hearts and everything besides, here are stories about the ways we face our ailments and the ways we seek to cure ourselves. Rose Tremain contributes an extract from Merivel, a follow-up to her award-winning Restoration; Alice Munro writes a haunting, beautiful memoir about a strange phase in her childhood; Gish Jen tells a story about two brothers who are fixing up a house . . . but can't quite fix up the ageing parents who will live in it. The issue includes new poetry by Ben Lerner, Angela Carter, James Lasdun and Kay Ryan as well as non-fiction pieces by Terrence Holt and a highly regarded writer who breaks her silence about living with MS.
About the Author
John Freeman has been editor of Granta since 2009. He is the author of The Tyranny of E-mail and former president of the National Book Critics Circle. His criticism has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian and the Independent. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker.