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Dreaming of Outer Mongolia (1) An Editor’s Odyssey

Outer Mongolia is remote, little known and little understood, even today. It’d be hard to better a sweeping work of historical fiction to bring alive the nomadic Mongol way of life. The Green-Eyed Lama: Love and […]

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BB Archive What Makes a European? Jane McLoughlin, Observer 1971

What Makes a European? by Jane McLoughlin, published in The Observer in 1971, is based on an interview with a childhood family influencer of mine: my late uncle was both very British and very internationalist […]

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Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov Explorations

“Lolita was rejected by four American publishers in 1954; published in Paris by The Olympia Press, September 1955; banned by the French government, December 1956; found “not objectionable” by U. S. Customs, February 1957; back […]

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The Boom in Literary Festivals Spotlight

Literary Festivals are a key component of book promotion. Gone are the days when an author’s book promotion was simply about having a launch party, doing a few press and radio interviews, some bookshop signings […]

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Translation in the UK: Boom Not Bust Spotlight

Translation in the UK In a piece for The Swedish Book Review published in 1997, I stated that, “Roughly 3% of the titles published in the UK every year are translations (as opposed to 30-40% […]