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Book Blasts Top 5 Nature Books to Transform Social Isolating

  BookBlast’s Top 5 Nature Books to transform social isolating at home into awe and wonder at the complexity and radiance of nature’s abundance and beauty. Never has the word “social” been more used, just […]

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Book Blasts Top 10 Reads for Self-isolating Minds

As a deadly virus strikes, we hope our Top 10 Reads will provide some solace and a change of ideas, however isolated we might feel! According to HISTORY UK, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, […]

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Book Blasts Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds XV

  BookBlast’s Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds to end the year offers a smorgasbord of brain food, bringing you a medley of writing and ideas by way of France, Germany, Mexico, Romania and true-grit […]

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Review Lucy Popescu rounds up 3 novels by Slovak authors

Lucy Popescu gives BookBlast an exclusive flavour of what’s on offer in her three-novel roundup by Slovak authors by Slovak authors featured as part of the Raising the Velvet Curtain festival of literature. Balla, Uršuľa […]

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Book Blasts Top 5 Reads from Central Eastern Europe

BookBlast’s Top 5 Reads for Independent Minds from Central Eastern Europe flags up contemporary literature in translation from Central & Eastern Europe which carries a stark warning against the consequences of ignorance and organised forgetting […]

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Podcast Translator Nicky Harman Discusses Translating China

Celebrating this year’s Chinese New Year of the Pig, I discuss translating China with Nicky Harman on the launch of online magazine Paper Republic’s roundup of the most recent publications in English translation. Their 2018 […]

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Spotlight Read the World with MacLehose Press 5 Notable Writers

Read the World with MacLehose Press which specialises in the very best translated literary and crime fiction. If words can offer new worlds, you will find them in the pages of the books by the […]

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Book Blasts Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds XIV

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Book Blasts Top 5 Reads for Independent Minds III

Our Top 5 Reads monthly round up features five eclectic reads from France, Italy, New York and the Indian Ocean.  Little by Edward Carey (Gallic/Aardvark Bureau)   “In the same year that the five-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus […]

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Book Blasts Top 5 Reads for Independent Minds II

This month’s top 5 reads features titles by some of the independent publishers being showcased in the #bookblast10x10tour at talks being held in Waterstones’ flagship stores across the regions of England. Starting from Gower Street […]