Welcome to the twelfth issue of The Manchester Review. This issue features our usual blend of top quality work from new and established poets and fiction writers. We are delighted to publish wonderful new stories and poems from our old friends James Robison, Peter Fallon, Ian Pople, Gerard Fanning and Rebecca Perry, and we are equally happy to welcome a number of new voices who have not previously appeared in the Review. The work in Issue Twelve offers us yet another glimpse of the extraordinary richness and variety of our contemporary culture from the young Africans in Edinburgh in Tendai Huchu’s “Brian,” “each hooked up, matrix style, to his phone, texting, Whatsapping, Facebooking, tweeting”, to the surprising relationships between Marxism, adultery and The French Revolution revealed in Christos Tsiolkos’ “Danton’s Laugh.” Marci Vogel’s essay “Mnemosyne TV,” our one example of non-fiction prose in this issue, combines to extraordinary effect memories of growing up in Los Angeles in the 70’s with an account of Aby Warburg’s encyclopaedic artwork Mnemosyne Atlas, while Guy Mitchell and Helen Cross each, in their different ways, offer sharp, sad and witty insights into the age-old but never exhausted subject of marital woe. And there is more of course — sharp and well-judged poetry from Jan Wagner, Thomas McCarthy, Igor Klikovac and Theodore Worozbyt , inventive and touching fiction by Jane Feaver and Martin Monahan. I hope you will try it all and find your own favourites among the sixteen writers we have the privilege to publish here.