Yesterday it was my birthday and also the publication day for an essay I’ve written about my father’s struggle with alcohol. You can read it here: https://granta.com/the-fog-and-the-sea/
Granta actually had a different piece of mine, which they were due to publish, when I sent the editor, Luke Neima, this piece. He liked them equally, but couldn’t go with both, so asked me to choose. What a nice position to be in! I chose this one, as it was the more personal of the two.
It has been such a pleasure to work with Luke, who has made suggestions to extend what was quite a raw lyrical piece, giving it better context, and bringing out the characters. The result is better all round. It reminds me of what an important role good editors have.
I hope you enjoy it.