The Fog and the Sea

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.

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