Repressed personal experiences, neglected battles, forgotten civilizations: an issue of Granta that excavates the unfairly buried event, the secret life, the overlooked war. With Diana Athill on losing her baby, Giles Foden on the origins of 'The African Queen', Jennie Erdal on being a ghostwriter, Brian Cathcart on the very different life of another Brian Cathcart, Donovan Wylie's photographs of a northern Irish past, Geoffrey Beattie on growing up in Belfast, plus new fiction by Anne Enright.
Ian Jack has edited Granta since 1995. He began his career in journalism on a weekly newspaper in Scotland in the 1960s. Between 1970 and 1986 he worked for the Sunday Times as a reporter, editor, feature writer and foreign correspondent (mainly in the Indian Subcontinent). He was a co-founder of the Independent on Sunday in 1989 and edited that newspaper between 1991 and 1995. His awards in Britain include those for reporter, journalist and editor of the year. A book of his writing about Britain, Before the Oil Ran Out, was published by Secker and Warburg in 1987 and republished by Vintage in 1997. He lives with his family in London.