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Reading Lists

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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Non Fiction

2BooksReview The Last Days of Ellis Island, Gaëlle Josse & Ellis Island Malgorzata Szejnert

BookBlast reviews two books which offer an excellent complementary read, giving a different take on getting through the gateway to the Promised Land that was the United States a century ago: The Last Days of […]

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Fiction

Review Bestseller, Beka Adamashvili

Georgia de Chamberet reviews Bestseller out with Dedalus Books, ahead of interviewing Beka Adamashvili & translator Tamara Japaridze for the BookBlast Podcast Bridging the Divide series. An entertaining mocking of literary aspirations, Beka Adamashvili’s novel, […]

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Fiction

Victor Meadowcroft reviews A Musical Offering, Luis Sagasti

A Musical Offering is Argentinian author Luis Sagasti’s second novel to appear in English. His first, Fireflies (also published by Charco Press and reviewed for The BookBlast Diary) saw translator Fionn Petch nominated for a […]

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Reading Lists

Book Blasts Top 10 Black Classics for Independent Minds

BookBlast’s Top 10 Black Classics are not only for independent discerning minds but also the curious, general reader: prejudice is a result of ignorance. The prolific outpouring of support in the press, book trade newsletters […]

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Interview Chris McCabe, author

Chris McCabe, where were you born, and where did you grow up? Mill Road hospital Liverpool, and then in Liverpool (built on the site of a Victorian workhouse), until moving to London in my early […]

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