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Interview
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4Translation
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Non Fiction
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Fiction

Review My Pen is the Wing of a Bird, New Fiction by Afghan Women

Afghan women have been in the news again since the Taliban have banned Voice of America, the BBC and Deutsche Welle after women students and teachers protested peacefully in response to secondary schools for girls […]

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Podcast

Podcast Fatima Daas, author, The Last One (French & English)

An autobiographical first novel, The Last One tells the story of Fatima Daas and her family. The confusing polarities between different worlds and cultures that are portrayed sparked an intense Media debate in France. Although […]

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Fiction

Spotlight Forgotten Women Writers: Ethel Mannin, Colin MacInnes & others

How many of you have heard of Ethel Mannin (1900-84), a contemporary of Colin MacInnes? She wrote over a hundred books, including novels, political reflections, autobiographical memoirs and travel-writing, but she has received precious little […]

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Reading Lists

Book Blasts Top 5 Reads from independent publisher Inkandescent

East London-based independent publisher Inkandescent “was ‘founded by outsiders for outsiders’ to celebrate original and diverse talent and to publish voices and stories the mainstream neglects – specifically those of the working class and financially […]

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Fiction

Review Love in Five Acts, Daniela Krien

BookBlast reviews Love in Five Acts by Daniela Krien translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch (MacLehose Press). Love in Five Acts could either strike a strong chord of recognition, inspire relief at being in […]

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Fiction

Review Dreamtime, Venetia Welby

Venetia Welby’s futuristic second novel, Dreamtime, has an altogether different atmosphere and resonance to her first, Mother of Darkness, set in London’s Soho. Both novels, however, feature central characters in crisis seeking to put themselves […]

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Non Fiction

Sharif Gemie reviews Beirut 2020 The Collapse of a Civilization, Charif Majdalani

Remember the Great Fear of March 2020? Remember the empty supermarket shelves, stripped bare of pasta, loo-rolls and flour? Many Brits feared that this was the End of Civilization as We Know It, like in […]