Review Stranger to the Moon, Evelio Rosero

Evelio Rosero’s chilling dystopian parable, Stranger to the Moon, is like the detailed, imaginative nightmare of a fantastic surrealist painting by Max Ernst, populated by the bizarre and often monstrous figures of a creation by […]


Sharif Gemie reviews Turf Wars (2) Olivier Norek

Sharif Gemie reviews for BookBlast, Turf Wars, the second of Olivier Norek’s true-grit Captain Coste trilogy set in the banlieues of Paris. Spiralling Upwards Norek has an unusual C.V. Born in Toulouse in 1975, he […]


Andrew McDougall reviews Kokoschka’s Doll, Afonso Cruz

Andrew McDougall reviews Kokoschka’s Doll by Afonso Cruz, translated by Rahul Bery: a surreal, poignant and sometimes dizzying reflection on the nature of the universe, life’s coincidences and, of course, the human condition. “I’m writing […]


Podcast Bridging the Divide Translation and the Art of Empathy, season 2

Tune in and come on a literary adventure: hear the final eight episodes of the BookBlast Podcast series, Bridging the Divide: Translation and the Art of Empathy. Podcast interview Lars Mytting and his translator Deborah […]


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 […]

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Interview Euan Cameron, author & translator

BookBlast interviews publisher, translator & book reviewer, Euan Cameron, whose first novel Madeleine is just published. Euan Cameron, where were you born, and where did you grow up?  Born in London, but I grew up […]

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Spotlight Tatiana de Rosnay, Alicia Drake & Daughters of Simone de Beauvoir French Literature Festival, pt 2

This is the second post rounding up the highlights of Beyond Words French Literature Festival 2019. “So many books have been written with Paris as a character and there are so many clichés about its […]

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Spotlight Beyond Words Festival of French Literature, London SW7

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 […]


Eileen Horne, author Interview