Online journal, The BookBlast® Diary has showcased independent trade publishing, new writing and translation with a focus on Francophone literature since 2016.
The BookBlast® Diary's curated celebration of independent publishing includes good book reviews; interviews with leading writers, translators, creatives and publishers; podcasts; journalism from the archive; and Spotlight specials.
MacLehose Press – “Brilliant work. And what work. Huge salutes” Maggie Gee, novelist & Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University – “A true lover of writing and writers” Starhaven Press — "Enterprising. Dedicated. Tireless” Claire Armitstead, The Guardian – “Excellent work”
New Society | December 1980 The Three Faces of Elton Mayo by the late J H Smith, Professor of Sociology, Co-Founder of New Technology Research Group, University of Southampton: “Towards the end of his life, through his association with the Harvard Business School and the Hawthorne Studies, Elton Mayo enjoyed a public acclaim granted to few social scientists of his day. None however would have envied him the fall from grace which was to follow his death.”
Writers' France: The Riviera | BBC Radio 4, Jan. 1998
An overview of the Romantic Riviera of The Ballets Russes, Scott Fitzgerald, Somerset Maugham and Katherine Mansfield. Includes an interview with Lesley Blanch.
Events & Special Projects
The BookBlast® Podcast
Our response to enforced confinement because of the unprecedented Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic was to create and release a special 15-part podcast series,
Bridging the Divide: Translation & The Art of Empathy.
Hosted by editor, Georgia de Chamberet, and journalist, Lucy Popescu,
the podcast line-up features award-winning authors from across Europe, including Lars Mytting, J.S. Margot, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Tommy Wieringa, as well as interviews with their publishers Adam Freudenheim, Philip Gwyn Jones and the publisher behind Nordic Noir, Christopher MacLehose.
Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk – “A great line-up – congratulations!”