why independent publishing matters bookblast spotlight
Explorations
bookblast review Aleppo The Rise and Fall of Syria's Great Merchant City by Philip Mansel
Non Fiction

Aleppo: Syria’s Great Merchant City Review

After four years of war, Aleppo, Syria’s great merchant city is in ruins, bombed by the Syrian air force, threatened by ISIL, its population decimated. Bread queues, electricity and water cuts, rationing and road-blocks are […]

philip mansel author and historian bookblast interview
Interview

Philip Mansel, author & historian Interview

Philip Mansel, tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a historian of France and the Ottoman Empire, living in London. All my life I have loved travelling, learning about the countries I visit, […]

bookblast interview author Youssef Rakha
Interview

Interview Youssef Rakha, author

The Book of the Sultan’s Seal: Strange Incidents from History in the City of Mars by Youssef Rakha translated by Paul Starkey was awarded the 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Tell […]

book of the sultan's seal Youssef Rakha bookblast review
Fiction

The Book of the Sultan’s Seal, Youssef Rakha Review

Youssef Rakha explores a man’s “transformation during twenty-one days from a Europeanized intellectual to a semi-madman who believed he could perform magic deeds to resurrect the Islamic caliphate” is a very readable feast — taking […]

bookblast Interlink Books interview
Interview

Michel Moushabeck, Interlink Books Interview

Michel Moushabeck, the founder of Interlink Books, is also an editor, writer and musician of Palestinian descent. He has authored several books including Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa and A Brief […]

bookblast Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinemaew
Non Fiction

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema (Eds) Bridges & Robson Review

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema is the first book to give an overview of early women filmmakers in the USA, Europe and beyond. It has fantastic b/w photos which will appeal to all lovers of […]

bookblast interview Cheryl Robson, Aurora Metro Publishing
Interview

Cheryl Robson, Aurora Metro Publishing Interview

Cheryl Robson, founder of Aurora Metro Publishing, is a producer/director of several short independent films, most recently ‘Rock ’n’ Roll Island’ which was nominated for Best Short Film at Raindance, London 2015. She worked at […]

russia friend or frenemy? bookblast
Explorations