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Anne Atkins has written three novels, all with a Cambridge aspect: The Lost Child, On Our Own, and A Fine and Private Place. Her fourth (working title: An Elegant Solution) follows the life of the child protagonist of On Our Own, living in the famous Cambridge College where he sang as a chorister, now working as a Junior Research Fellow in number Theory. Demonstrating to an eager supervisee that, contrary to popular opinion, it is in fact possible to trace the provenance of cryptocurrency (bitcoins), he never thought to uncover such horror...
Photograph by Serena Atkins
With all the competition deadlines and magazine submission windows around nowadays, it helps to plan ahead. Here are some suggestions for the first half of 2017
The idea for my project came to me when I read about the attempts that Plato made to persuade Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, to adopt a better form of government. He continued to attempt this with the tyrant’s son, also called Dionysius, when he succeeded his father. There was also a homo-erotic affair between Plato and Dion, a relative of the tyrants. I thought this would make good longish short story. In fact it grew into a novella of 22,000 words, and I felt that in the course of telling the story I had explained something of Plato’s philosophy.