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Non Fiction

Review So It Goes – Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and places in between, Nicolas Bouvier

BookBlast review of Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and Places in Betwee by Nicolas Bouvier ahead of the BookBlast Podcast about the late Swiss author and his traveller’s tales. From The Scorpion-Fish by Nicolas […]

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Non Fiction

Henrietta Foster reviews Mazel Tov, J.S. Margot

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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Translator Interviews

Interview Sam Taylor, translator

Sam Taylor, tell us a little bit about yourself I grew up in England, worked as a journalist on The Observer for eight years, moved to France and wrote four novels, then translated my first […]

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Reading Lists

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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Non Fiction

Review Memories of Low Tide, Chantal Thomas

BookBlast reviews Memories of Low Tide, a lyrical, sensual memoir by Chantal Thomas, translated by Natasha Lehrer. Summer in Nice on the Côte d’Azur. After a blistering two months without rain there’s a violent storm. […]

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Spotlight on Publishing

Spotlight Lucy Popescu at European Literature Days

European Literature Days, one of my favourite literary festivals, was held this year in Krems, lower Austria, and posed the question “What defines a good life?” Austrian heavyweight, Robert Menasse (whose satirical novel, The Capital, […]

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Translator Interviews

Interview Charlotte Collins & Ruth Martin, translators

BookBlast interviews translators Ruth Martin & Charlotte Collins, in the form of a three-way Q&A, on publication of The Eighth Life (for Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili Ruth Martin & Charlotte Collins, tell us a little […]

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Interview

Interview Philip Gwyn Jones, Scribe UK

BookBlast interviews editor and publisher, Philip Gwyn Jones, who has over 25 years’ high-level experience at the heart of literary publishing in the UK. Most recently, he founded Portobello Books in 2004, joined Scribe UK […]

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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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Fiction

2BooksReview Wild Woman, Marina Šur Puhlovski & Under Pressure, Faruk Šehić

What can the novels Wild Woman by Marina Šur Puhlovski and Under Pressure by Faruk Šehić tell us about the breakup of Yugoslavia which caused such a tectonic shift in Balkan identity? Each to their […]