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Fiction

The Chilli Bean Paste Clan Yan Ge Review

BookBlast reviews The Chilli Bean Paste Clan by Yan Ge. Winner of a PEN Translates Award. “Chilli bean paste was big business, had been for Gran’s family for four or five generations. Sichuan peppers, on […]

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Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds XI Book Blast Presents

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Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds IV Book Blast Presents

The latest Top 10 reads from BookBlast to delight and inspire you @bookblast Joyful satire Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic – words and pictures on how to stop worrying and learn to love the alien next […]

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Poetry

Four Points Fourteen Lines Tony Chan Review

Four Points Fourteen Lines by Tony Chan is joint winner of the 2016 Melita Hume Poetry Prize with Psalmody by Maria Apichella. ‘You doing this for charity?’ ‘No, it’s entirely selfish’, I reply, ‘A wish […]

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Tony Chan poet Interview

Book Blast interview with Tony Chan, poet Tony Chan, tell us a little bit about yourself Well, I’m the kind of person who finds these kinds of questions a tad difficult; perhaps that tells you […]

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Fiction

Crystal Wedding Xu Xiaobin Review

Crystal Wedding an unusual read: it’s not every day you come across a novel in which a mainland Chinese author writes openly about women, sex and corruption − affording the reader a voyeuristic glimpse into […]

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Translator Interviews

Nicky Harman Translator Interview

Book Blast translator interview with Nicky Harman Nicky Harman, tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m based in Weymouth and in London. I go to China every year on visits. I speak and read […]