All items: Barbara Kingsolver

New thinking on public awareness of climate change suggests that the doom-laden messages sent out by activists may provoke not action but denial. Emily Diamand argues that novelists writing about future worlds have been similarly seduced by the allure of the dystopia – and that this needs to change.
As a transracial adoptee, Katharine Quarmby wondered if her family stories – Yugoslav, English, Iranian – really belonged to her. Looking back, she asks herself which stories were real and which imagined, and concludes that adoption ‘cannot make you a writer, but it can help’.