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Interview Harry Hall, Haus Publishing

Harry Hall, tell us a bit about yourself. Are (were) your parents great readers?  There were always plenty of books at home, but I don’t remember much reading. What was the book that made you […]

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Spotlight BookBlast® Podcast series, Bridging the Divide, full listing

BookBlast® Podcast series, Bridging the Divide: Translation & the Art of Empathy Thursday 30 July, 5 pm: A ground-breaking weekly podcast series kicks off, championing independent publishers committed to publishing writing in translation; their authors […]

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Non Fiction

Review This Tilting World, Colette Fellous

BookBlast reviews This Tilting World by Colette Fellous, translated from French by Sophie Lewis “Tomorrow, yes, I will leave this house. I’ll abandon the village and the life here, all the faces that I love […]

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Non Fiction

Review The Ungrateful Refugee, Dina Nayeri

BookBlast reviews The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri. A blend of memoir and reportage, it packs a powerful punch and should be recommended reading for secondary school aged children. “Unlike economic migrants, refugees have no […]

2018 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation bookblast diary
Spotlight on Publishing

Spotlight The 2018 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

“Judging the 2018 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize was a most enriching experience. It reminded me that literature can be a force for good – no bad thing! We need to be shocked out of a comfortable […]

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Reading Lists

Book Blasts Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds XIV

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BookBlast® Archive

BB Archive The BookBlast 10×10 Tour assoc Waterstones, it’s a wrap!

The inaugural BookBlast 10×10 Tour in association with Waterstones booksellers was wrapped up on a night of political disunity and meltdown as Brexit hit the road. So we were only too relieved to be hosting […]

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Reading Lists

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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BookBlast® Archive

BB 10×10 Tour Waterstones Birmingham, Elizabeth Briggs Nafeesa Hamid Aliyah Holder

At Waterstones Birmingham, the eighth talk of the BookBlast® 10×10 tour, a nationwide celebration of independent publishing, features Saqi Books @BhamWaterstones Founded in 1983 in London, Saqi Books is an independent publishing house of quality […]

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Interview Elizabeth Briggs, editor & marketing, Saqi Books

Elizabeth Briggs, where were you born, and where did you grow up? Worcester, where I lived until I left for university in the North East of England at seventeen. Determined as ‘Britain’s most average constituency’ […]