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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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Review Venice Noir, Isabella Panfido

BookBlast reviews Venice Noir: The Dark History of the Lagoons by Venetian writer, cultural journalist and radio presenter, Isabella Panfido, translated by Christine Donougher. Winner of the Latisana per il Nord-Est Prize and the Gambrinus […]


Rachel Goldblatt reviews The Bell in the Lake, Lars Mytting

BookBlast review of The Bell in the Lake, ahead of Lars Mytting and his translator Deborah Dawkin discussing The Bell in the Lake for The BookBlast® Podcast Bridging the Divide series. “And this also”, said […]


Rachel Goldblatt reviews The Great Homecoming, Anna Kim

BookBlast review of The Great Homecoming ahead of Jamie Lee Searle discussing Anna Kim and all things translation with publisher Anne Meadows at Granta Books for The BookBlast® Podcast Bridging the Divide series. Anna Kim’s […]


Extract Only the Dead: A Levantine Tragedy, T. J. Gorton

T. J. Gorton’s debut novel Only the Dead: A Levantine Tragedy was shortlisted for the Author’s Club First Novel Award in 2020. The narrative moves back and forth between civil war in Beirut and the […]


Review Pomeranski, Gerald Jacobs

BookBlast reviews Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs, a novel loosely based on his memories of Brixton in the 1950s and 1960s which was very different to the gentrified place it has become today. Now black-and grey-corporate […]


Interview Gerald Jacobs, writer & critic

BookBlast interviews Gerald Jacobs, Literary Editor of the Jewish Chronicle, whose books include Judi Dench: A Great Deal of Laughter, A Question of Football, The Sacred Games, Nine Love Letters & a novel, Pomeranski. Gerald […]

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Review The Horseman’s Song, Ben Pastor

BookBlast reviews The Horseman’s Song, the sixth in the Martin Bora series following on from the success of Road to Ithaca, Tin Sky, A Dark Song of Blood, Lumen and Liar Moon. “Bora felt kinship […]

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