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Review Arab Jazz, Karim Miské

Although a thriller, Arab Jazz is really about muddled identities, lives destroyed by religious extremism, and dysfunctional families coexisting in fragile racial harmony in impoverished neighbourhoods. The narrative travels between the ungentrified 19ième arrondissement of  […]

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Review Oh, Freedom! Francesco d’Adamo

Oh, Freedom! is an engrossing adventure story about a family of runaway slaves in the USA in 1860. “I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor […]

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Interview Ghassan Fergiani, Darf Publishers

Ghassan Fergiani, tell us a bit about yourself. Are (were) your parents great readers? My father was a teacher, a bookseller and a publisher. He was a reader. I grew up around books in our […]

Translator Interviews

Interview Siân Williams, translator

Siân Williams, tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a translator and the founder of The Children’s Bookshow, a national tour of writers and illustrators of children’s literature which has been taking place in […]

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Review Dew Angels, Melanie Schwapp

Dew Angels is one of the best young adult novels I have read in a long time. It’s not just Melanie Schwapp’s strong, lucid writing; believable, engaging characters; compelling plotlines; and snappy pace, but also […]

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Review Betty Boo, Claudia Piñeiro

Claudia Piñeiro is Argentina’s leading crime and mystery writer. “A new literary genre: paranoid fiction. Everyone is a suspect; everyone feels pursued,” Ricardo Piglia. Beef, gauchos and the tango. Eva Perón, military dictatorship and The […]

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Interview François von Hurter, Bitter Lemon Press

François von Hurter, tell us a bit about yourself. Are (were) your parents great readers? With a Greek mother and a Swiss/Austrian father, the bookshelves at home were the reflection of a mad continent. Goethe, […]

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Interview Claudia Piñeiro, author

Claudia Piñeiro, tell us a little bit about yourself. Woman, writer, mother, honest, curmudgeon. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? My top three careers were: Sociologist, […]