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Monkey King Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en Review

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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So It Goes Travels in the Aran Isles Nicolas Bouvier Review

BookBlast review of Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and Beyond by Nicolas Bouvier to accompany the BookBlast Podcast about the late Swiss author and his traveller’s tales. From The Scorpion-Fish by Nicolas Bouvier: “You […]

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Kim Oliver Literary Executor Interview

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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The Nowhere Man Kamala Markandaya Review

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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Beyond Words Festival of French Literature London SW7 Spotlight

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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The Directors of Eland Books Interview

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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Lawrence Scott Author Interview

Book Blast interview with Lawrence Scott, the prize-winning Caribbean novelist and short-story writer from Trinidad & Tobago. Where were you born, and where did you grow up? I was born on Petit Morne Estate, a […]

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Ricarda Huch The Last Summer Interview

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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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. […]