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Fiction

Review The Last One, Fatima Daas

“My name is Fatima Daas. The name of a girl from Clichy who crosses the tracks to get to school.” An autobiographical first novel, The Last One tells the story of Fatima and her family. […]

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Poetry

Review Wicked Enchantment selected poems, Wanda Coleman

The selected poems of Wanda Coleman, edited by the American poet Terrance Hayes, and published in the UK under the title Wicked Enchantment, has brought her back into the spotlight. Considered to be the unofficial […]

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Fiction

Review Vernon Subutex 3, Virginie Despentes

First novel Baise-moi (Fuck Me) by Virginie Despentes was an overnight sensation in France, selling 50,000 copies for éditions Florent Massot in 1994 before being picked up by éditions Grasset and J’ai Lu. Today sales […]

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Fiction

Review The Book of Birmingham (ed) Kavita Bhanot

The Book of Birmingham is the latest title to be published by Comma Press in their ‘cities in short fiction series’ which serves as an excellent introduction to some superb contemporary writers. The ultimate in […]

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Fiction

Review Vernon Subutex 2, Virginie Despentes

First novel Baise-moi (Fuck Me) by Virginie Despentes was an overnight sensation in France, selling 50,000 copies for éditions Florent Massot in 1994 before being picked up by éditions Grasset and J’ai Lu. Today sales […]

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Fiction

Review Virginie Despentes, Vernon Subutex 1

First novel Baise-moi (Fuck Me) by Virginie Despentes was an overnight sensation in France, selling 50,000 copies for éditions Florent Massot in 1994 before being picked up by éditions Grasset and J’ai Lu. Today sales […]

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Fiction

Review Arab Jazz, Karim Miské

Although a thriller, Arab Jazz is really about muddled identities, lives destroyed by religious extremism, and dysfunctional families coexisting in fragile racial harmony in impoverished neighbourhoods. The narrative travels between the ungentrified 19ième arrondissement of  […]