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Fiction
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Fiction

Review Monkey King: Journey to the West, Wu Cheng’en

Monkey King: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, in a new translation by Julia Lovell, is an acknowledged classic not only for children but adults too. The new Penguin Classics clothbound hardback edition is […]

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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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Explorations

Interview Kim Oliver, Literary Executor

BookBlast interviews Kim Oliver, Kamala Markandaya’s daughter and literary executor, following our review of post-colonial classic, The Nowhere Man. Where were you born, and where did you grow up? I was born in Lewisham in […]

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Fiction

Review The Nowhere Man, Kamala Markandaya

BookBlast reviews Kamala Markandaya’s novel The Nowhere Man about the everyday racism experienced by immigrants on a South London street. A post-colonial classic, it is as relevant today as when it was first published. A […]

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Spotlight on Publishing

Spotlight Beyond Words Festival of French Literature, London SW7

The second Beyond Words Festival of French Literature at the Institut français in London brings to life the way in which cafés, books and debate are a mainstay of French culture in a uniquely seductive […]

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Interview

Interview The Directors of Eland Books

John Hatt’s Eland Books was the first of a wave of travel lists that emerged in the early 1980s, quickly joined by Century Travellers, the Penguin Classic Travel Library, Picador and Virago. Fifteen years ago, […]

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Interview

Interview Lawrence Scott, author

Lawrence Scott is a prize-winning Caribbean novelist and short-story writer from Trinidad & Tobago. read our review of his novel, Witchbroom, HERE. It is considered to be a classic of Caribbean literature.  Where were you […]

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Fiction

Review Ricarda Huch, The Last Summer

The Last Summer by Ricarda Huch, superbly translated by Jamie Bulloch, is a welcome rediscovered classic thanks to Peirene Press. “We aged a hundred years, and this Happened in a single hour: The short summer […]

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Spotlight on Publishing

Empire Windrush (ed.) Onyekachi Wambu 1998 BB Archive

The publication of Empire Windrush: 50 Years of Writing About Black Britain, edited by Onyekachi Wambu, in 1998, unleashed a new wave of books and expanded academic discourse on the impact of black British writing. […]