Anthology edited by Claire Armitstead and first published by OR Books
Arcadia Books is to release a paperback edition of Tales of Two Londons: Stories from a Fractured City, first published by OR Books in March this year. Edited by Claire Armitstead of the Guardian, the anthology includes contributions from, among others, Arifa Akbar, Duncan Campbell, Inua Ellams, Nicolette Jones, Daljit Nagra, Andrew O'Hagan, Jane Shilling, Helen Simpson, Ali Smith, and Ewa Winnicka, as well as from previously unpublished immigrants and refugees. Arcadia has UK and Commonwealth rights from OR Books, and will publish next June.
Piers Russell-Cobb, Arcadia publisher, said: "These stories connect all of us who live and work in London and make us appreciate our differences and the real bonds that connect us. We're continuing our ethic in publishing edgy literary writing from wherever it hails."
Armitstead said: "I'm thrilled that Tales of Two Londons is being published by Arcadia because, at this critical time in the UK's history, I feel that these voices need to be heard. Though often represented as a privileged city, London is actually a melting pot roiling with the best and worst of us - with anger, humour, hope and despair. By collecting a wide range of writing, from journalists, short story writers and poets, new arrivals as well as established authors, this anthology aims to offer a snapshot of our globalised society in all its complexity - and to demonstrate that a city is everything that exists in its citizens' heads."