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SHORT FICTION

Julia Armfield

Book of the Month

Julia Armfield’s debut short story collection, Salt Slow, is enticing and engaging from start to finish. Her stories are alternately feminist, misandrist and queer, with one about an enrapturing all-female band brazenly epitomising all of the above. Other stories explore thought experiments, such as “What if we lost the ability to sleep?”, with a refreshing approach and clarity. Similar to Carmen Maria Machado, there are flashes of the monstrous and the grotesque in Armfield’s tales, but she is in no way derivative, reaching out, “tentacularly”, into the recesses of her reader’s subconscious to find new places to inhabit. A singular voice that we look forward to reading more of in the future. Picador, £12.99

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We’ve got a treat for all you music fans this month. To celebrate the newly rebranded HearHer Music Festival, we’re giving you a choice of gorgeous covers with two of the fest’s headliners. So once you’ve downloaded the digital issue featuring “lesbian Pope” Shura, get yourself to your nearest shop and pick up a hard copy with Zulu Pop Princess Toya Delazy. Digital readers can also enjoy exclusive behind the scenes snaps from our south London shoot with the lovely Shu. Also in this issue… Actor and musician Carrie Brownstein on rumoured romances, homonormativity and Sleater-Kinney’s new album LGBTease: Roxy Bourdillon heads to Harpies to find out what really goes down at a queer strip club I’m Jenny Schecter and so are you: Why the divisive L Word character deserves a second chance How To Be A Gentlewoman: Carrie Lyell talks to Elle editor Lotte Jeffs about mastering the art of soft power in hard times Is drinking culture changing? Danielle Mustarde investigates the “sober curious” trend Mandu Reid: The new leader of the Women’s Equality Party on being visible and audible as a black bisexual woman Queervial Pursuit: Show off your sapphic smarts with our lez/bi brain teasers What’s it like to be director of the world’s first vagina museum? PLUS Travel, horoscopes and much, much more!