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BookBlast® Archive

BB Archive Latest News & Venues The Childrens Bookshow

National treasure, Michael Rosen, will be kicking off The Children’s Bookshow this year, on Friday 22 September, 10.30am & 1.30pm, Theatre Royal, Newcastle Here is a presentation of Jean-Francois Dumont’s book The Geese March in […]

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Interview Siân Williams, The Childrens Bookshow

Siân Williams, tell us, what is The Children’s Bookshow and how did you dream up the idea? It’s a national tour which takes place each autumn in theatres across the country ranging from the Old […]

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BookBlast® Archive

BB Archive The Childrens Bookshow 2017

BookBlast® is delighted to be celebrating The Children’s Bookshow and its 15 years on the road! We are running exclusive interviews with visionary founder, Sian Williams, publisher Julia Marshall from Gecko Press, feature review(s) and […]

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Children's & Young Adult

Interview Julia Marshall, Gecko Press

Julia Marshall, tell us a bit about yourself. Are (were) your parents great readers? Everyone reads in my family: we are omnivores, and eclectic. At 86, my father still alternates a thriller with something more […]

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Reading Lists

Book Blasts Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds II

BookBlast® presents our curated monthly top 10 reads, a little late because of taking time out in New York and Rhode Island to see my brother and family.  Sex, Drugs, Rock’n’Rol Trouble Boys: The True […]

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Review A Man of Genius, Janet Todd

Janet Todd’s first work of fiction, A Man of Genius published by Bitter Lemon Press, is elegant and compelling. “She knew her love was flecked with revulsion, both from him and from herself – for […]

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Interview Janet Todd, author

Janet Todd, where were you born, and where did you grow up? Born in mid Wales. Grew up in Wales, England, Scotland, Bermuda, Sri Lanka — we moved around a lot! Boarding school in Dolgellau. […]

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Non Fiction

BB Archive The Dandy at Dusk, Philip Mann

The Dandy at Dusk: Taste and Melancholy in the Twentieth Century is more than just a chronicle of dandyism and decadence from Regency England to the late twentieth century. “This detailed, serious take is satisfying […]

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Review Virginie Despentes, Vernon Subutex 1

First novel Baise-moi (Fuck Me) by Virginie Despentes was an overnight sensation in France, selling 50,000 copies for éditions Florent Massot in 1994 before being picked up by éditions Grasset and J’ai Lu. Today sales […]