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Book Blasts Top 5 Reads from independent publisher Inkandescent

East London-based independent publisher Inkandescent “was ‘founded by outsiders for outsiders’ to celebrate original and diverse talent and to publish voices and stories the mainstream neglects – specifically those of the working class and financially […]

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Fiction

Review Dreamtime, Venetia Welby

Venetia Welby’s futuristic second novel, Dreamtime, has an altogether different atmosphere and resonance to her first, Mother of Darkness, set in London’s Soho. Both novels, however, feature central characters in crisis seeking to put themselves […]

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Fiction

Review The Settlement, Ruth Kirby-Smith

BookBlast Review of The Settlement by Ruth Kirby-Smith, set in Ireland in 1921 when trouble flares up after partition under British law by the Government of Ireland Act which created Northern Ireland.. “He stood at […]

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Non Fiction

Review Negative Capability A Diary of Survival, Michèle Roberts

BookBlast reviews Negative Capability: A Diary of Surviving which gives the reader something really special. Michèle Roberts’ intimate, candid writing is underpinned by a dry humour, wry observations, and a poignant strain of melancholy perfect […]

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Fiction

Review Madeleine, Euan Cameron

BookBlast reviews Euan Cameron’s novel Madeleine, published by MacLehose Press. Madeleine is a perfectly-formed, psychologically acute first novel of love and war, shameful secrets and cowardly treachery. Euan Cameron’s prose sparkles with unsettling beauty and […]

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Spotlight on Publishing

Spotlight Jonathan Coe, Olivia Rosenthal, Claudia Durastanti French Literature Festival, pt 1

I was delighted to be invited along to some of the key talks held at this year’s French Literature Festival at the French Institute in South Kensington. ‘Beyond Words French Literature Festival’ has become ‘The […]

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Interview

Podcast Maggie Gee, novelist & professor of creative writing

Maggie Gee OBE FRSL, novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She was born to working-class parents, and climbed into an uneasy place between classes. She won a major open scholarship to […]

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Interview Kit Caless, Influx Press

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Interview Anthony Gardner, author

Anthony Gardner, how did it feel to grow up between Ireland and England? I was in London until the age of ten, and then in Tipperary with school and university in England. Going backwards and […]