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Fiction

Ludwig’s Room Alois Hotschnig, Henrietta Foster Review

Henrietta Foster reviews Ludwig’s Room by Alois Hotschnig, translated by Tess Lewis, exclusively for BookBlast. Foster is a freelance journalist and TV producer for the BBC. Her latest film, Beyond The Grace Note, is about […]

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Poetry

Skies Alison Brackenbury Review

“Alison Brackenbury loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world and its people like no other poet.” Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales Brackenbury’s latest (ninth) collection, Skies, reflects on childhood memory, Christmas in the […]

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Explorations

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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Fiction

Beneath the Surface Heidi Perks Review

Heidi Perks excels at writing page-turners, unravelling the darker side of family secrets, mystery and intrigue. Abigail, a pretty, rebellious seventeen year old, gets home from school to find her family gone. Her toddler twin […]

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Non Fiction

Aleppo Syria’s Great Merchant City Review

After four years of war, Aleppo, Syria’s great merchant city is in ruins, bombed by the Syrian air force, threatened by ISIL, its population decimated. Bread queues, electricity and water cuts, rationing and road-blocks are […]

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Fiction

The Book of the Sultan’s Seal, Youssef Rakha Review

Youssef Rakha explores a man’s “transformation during twenty-one days from a Europeanized intellectual to a semi-madman who believed he could perform magic deeds to resurrect the Islamic caliphate” is a very readable feast — taking […]

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Non Fiction

Silent Women Pioneers of Cinema (Eds) Bridges & Robson Review

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema is the first book to give an overview of early women filmmakers in the USA, Europe and beyond. It has fantastic b/w photos which will appeal to all lovers of […]

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bookblast Yachar Kemal reviewed
4Translation

The Sponge Divers Yachar Kemal 4Translation

Yachar Kemal worked as a journalist for Cumhuriyet from 1951-63 before turning to fiction which he wrote under a pseudonym, (real name Kemal Sadık Gökçeli). As Turkey’s most prominent novelist, his books have been published […]

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4Translation

Fabrizio Gatti On the Road with Illegal Immigrants 4Translation

Although not a recent release, Bilal: On the Road with Illegal Immigrants remains as timely today as when it was first published. In 2011 I was commissioned to report on a Bilal: Sur la route […]