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Fiction

Sharif Gemie reviews Be As Children, Vladimir Sharov

BookBlast review of Be Like Children by Vladimir Sharov, a finalist for the Russian Booker and Big Book awards. “My own experience has taught me that being at the centre of events makes you the […]

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Podcast

Podcast Talking Thai with Narisa Chakrabongse, River Books

Interviewed for the BookBlast® Podcast, the founder and CEO of River Books, Narisa Chakrabongse, talks about her unusual Thai-Russian-British background, being a foreigner living in a strange land, the family home, Chakrabongse Villas, a small […]

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Fiction

Review The Ghosts & Jamal, Bridget Blankley

BookBlast reviews The Ghosts and Jamal about a young orphan surviving Nigeria’s internal conflicts marked by terrorism and religious strife. “As far as Jamal could tell, only two things were wrong: a dirty yellow vapour […]

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Fiction

Review As a God Might Be, Neil Griffiths

BookBlast reviews As a God Might Be, an ambitious novel by Neil Griffiths. “What was the grand plan? Build a clifftop church and then hurry away back to London when it was finished? Or was […]

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Interview
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Non Fiction

Review Travels in a Dervish Cloak, Isambard Wilkinson

Review of Travels in a Dervish Cloak by Isambard Wilkinson published by Eland Books, September 2017  “The next morning, standing in the doorway to see me off on my way to the north of Punjab, to the […]

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Explorations

Dreaming of Outer Mongolia (3) Of Shamans, Buddhists & Shangri-La

The Green-Eyed Lama: Love and Betrayal in Mongolia by Oyungerel Tsedevdamba and Jeffrey L. Falt is a sweeping work of historical fiction. It brings alive the nomadic Mongol way of life, and is based on […]

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Explorations

Dreaming of Outer Mongolia (2) A Mystical Wilderness

I was lucky enough to visit Outer Mongolia and spend time with Oyungerel Tsedevdamba and Jeffrey L. Falt as part of my research while working as a book doctor on Oyungerel and Jeffrey’s manuscript, The […]

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Explorations

Dreaming of Outer Mongolia (1) An Editor’s Odyssey

Outer Mongolia is remote, little known and little understood, even today. It’d be hard to better a sweeping work of historical fiction to bring alive the nomadic Mongol way of life. The Green-Eyed Lama: Love and […]

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Non Fiction

Aleppo: Syria’s Great Merchant City Review

After four years of war, Aleppo, Syria’s great merchant city is in ruins, bombed by the Syrian air force, threatened by ISIL, its population decimated. Bread queues, electricity and water cuts, rationing and road-blocks are […]