BookBlast Diary Review In Glad or Sorry Hours memoir Alastair Niven
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In Glad or Sorry Hours A Memoir Alastair Niven Review

BookBlast reviews In Glad or Sorry Hours, a memoir by Alastair Niven OBE LVO Hon FRS, formerly Director General of The Africa Centre, Director of Literature at the Arts Council of Great Britain and of […]

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Venice Noir Isabella Panfido Review

BookBlast reviews Venice Noir: The Dark History of the Lagoons by Venetian writer, cultural journalist and radio presenter, Isabella Panfido, translated by Christine Donougher. Winner of the Latisana per il Nord-Est Prize and the Gambrinus […]

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The Familia Grande Camille Kouchner Review

The publication of The Familia Grande by Camille Kouchner reveals how incest is ever-present at the highest levels of French society, even among the most glamorous, powerful, bohemian, left wing intellectual Parisian élite, known as […]

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The Last Days of Ellis Island Gaëlle Josse & Ellis Island Malgorzata Szejnert Review

BookBlast reviews two books that each give a different take on getting through the gateway to the Promised Land that was the United States a century ago: The Last Days of Ellis Island by Gaëlle […]

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On Terrorism Tahar Ben Jelloun Review

BookBlast review of On Terrorism: Conversations with My Daughter to accompany Georgia de Chamberet’s interview Tahar Ben Jelloun in French & in English, voice-over by Issa Naseri, for the BookBlast Podcast series, Bridging the Divide.  […]

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Tazmamart Aziz BineBine, Lucy Popescu Review

Tazmamart: 18 Years in Morocco’s Secret Prison by Aziz BineBine — beautifully translated by Lulu Norman — is an engrossing tale of endurance which offers a precise portrayal of the grim life of a political […]

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So It Goes Travels in the Aran Isles Nicolas Bouvier Review

BookBlast review of Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and Beyond by Nicolas Bouvier to accompany the BookBlast Podcast about the late Swiss author and his traveller’s tales. From The Scorpion-Fish by Nicolas Bouvier: “You […]

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Mazel Tov J.S. Margot, Henrietta Foster Review

Henrietta Foster reviews Mazel Tov by J S Margot ahead of the first two live podcast recordings of the 15-part weekly Bridging The Divide series. In Ep. 1, J S Margot discusses navigating clashing cultures […]

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Negative Capability A Diary of Survival Michèle Roberts Review

Negative Capability: A Diary of Surviving gives the reader something really special. Michèle Roberts’ intimate, candid writing is underpinned by a dry humour, wry observations, and a poignant strain of melancholy perfect for our time. […]

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Along the Amber Route St Petersburg to Venice C. J. Schüler Review

BookBlast reviews the travelogue memoir Along the Amber Route, St Petersburg to Venice by C. J. Schüler. “I am standing in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In a glass case in front of me are […]