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Turf Wars (2) Olivier Norek Review

Turf Wars is the second of Olivier Norek’s true-grit Captain Coste trilogy set in the banlieues of Paris. Norek has an unusual C.V. Born in Toulouse in 1975, he worked for a humanitarian charity in […]

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Non Fiction

Beirut 2020 The Collapse of a Civilization Charif Majdalani Review

Beirut 2020 – The Collapse of a Civilization translated by Ruth Diver is reviewed by Sharif Gemie for The BookBlast Diary. Remember the Great Fear of March 2020? Remember the empty supermarket shelves, stripped bare […]

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French Muslims in Perspective Joseph Downing Review

The French Muslim community numbers nearly 6 million, and is growing. French Muslims in Perspective: Nationalism, Post-Colonialism and Marginalisation under the Republic by Joseph Downing is rich in detail for curious minds, with copious end notes […]

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Poetry

Wicked Enchantment Selected Poems Wanda Coleman Review

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

Pomeranski Gerald Jacobs Review

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 […]

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This Tilting World, Colette Fellous Review

BookBlast reviews This Tilting World by Colette Fellous translated from French by Sophie Lewis “Tomorrow, yes, I will leave this house. I’ll abandon the village and the life here, all the faces that I love […]

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Explorations

Extinction Rebellion Climate Activist Dom Goetz Podcast

Extinction Rebellion is the focus of this BookBlast Podcast. Climate activist Dom Goetz gives a succinct fifteen-minute summary outlining what faces us all if emergency action is not taken NOW. Sign up at rebellion earth and […]

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The Book of Birmingham (ed) Kavita Bhanot Review

BookBlast reviews The Book of Birmingham, 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 […]

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Explorations

Paris is Burning Georgia de Chamberet Explorations

Is Paris burning? Paris brûle? An evocative name, Paris conjures all manner of images including those of protest in its myriad forms. I arrived in the capital the day after the fourth Saturday of gilets […]