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MOVING KINGS | BOOK REVIEW

MOVING KINGS | BOOK REVIEW

Joshua Cohen (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Cultures collide in this ambitious novel, exploring the lives of men seeking a place within foreign lands. After completing a stint of military service for the Israeli Defence Forces, Yoav and Uri head to America, working for King’s Moving – a firm run by a relation of Yoav. Here they discover […]

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I AM THE BROTHER OF XX | BOOK REVIEW

I AM THE BROTHER OF XX | BOOK REVIEW

Fleur Jaeggy (And Other Stories) This book won’t be for everyone. As a series of short stories depicting madness, solitude, the artist’s process of creating and experiencing art and the abyss, many will find it pretentious and confusing. For others, Jaeggy’s writing embodies nostalgia for the modernist days gone by, with a style heavily influenced […]

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BAD IDEAS/CHEMICALS | BOOK REVIEW

BAD IDEAS/CHEMICALS | BOOK REVIEW

Lloyd Markham (Parthian Books) An absurdist novella that follows a group of oddball friends, in a town that doesn’t exist. Cassandra, the main focus of the story, is utterly convinced that she is from space and is waiting for her alien parents to find her. Cass is only ever seen wearing her spacesuit, which she […]

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WORLDS FROM THE WORD’S END | BOOK REVIEW

WORLDS FROM THE WORD’S END | BOOK REVIEW

  Joanna Walsh (And Other Stories) A unique collection of short stories, Joanna Walsh’s sharply observed prose provides an immersing and refreshing read. The impactive work of fiction combines different cultures, themes and relationships and includes a variety of subject matters. There is a story within the pages that will resonate – from the intriguing […]

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IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD: 1967 AND THE HIPPIE IDEA | BOOK REVIEW

IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD: 1967 AND THE HIPPIE IDEA | BOOK REVIEW

Danny Goldberg (Icon Books Ltd) Ronald Regan once said: “A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.” But there was so much more to the hippie movement than that. Indeed, some of the most influential people today draw direct influence from it. People such as Steve Jobs, Oprah […]

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THE TWIST IN THE BRANCH | BOOK REVIEW

THE TWIST IN THE BRANCH | BOOK REVIEW

Melanie Smith (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) Set in the Welsh valleys, this young adult novel blends horror, myth and fairy tale and has a sense of menace throughout. Characterisation is spot on and 17-year-old Sephone’s distinctive voice draws the reader into her world. Something strange is happening and it is this mystery that makes the […]

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THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF AN UNDERTAKER | BOOK REVIEW

THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF AN UNDERTAKER | BOOK REVIEW

Tom Eldwin (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) Death affects us all and yet remains something rarely discussed with ease, and it maintains an air of mystery. Through this book, Tom Eldwin opens out this enigma by writing about his own experiences as a young Englishman moving to South Wales to become an undertaker. Eldwin writes with […]

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LIT | BOOK FEATURE

LIT | BOOK FEATURE

August begins with five days of fun thanks to Summeropolis, the summer holiday celebration organised by Swansea’s Storyopolis project. From Mon 7 – Fri 11 Aug, there’s a workshop every day for any age of writer from 8-80, no matter their previous writing experience. Explore postcard fiction, rap and spoken word; become a time traveller […]

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DANIEL ROBINSON | BOOKS INTERVIEW

DANIEL ROBINSON | BOOKS INTERVIEW

Cardiff born author Daniel Robinson has just written his first novel Marvin 9T5. A gritty but humorous coming of age story set in mid nineties South Wales. Chris Andrews sat down with Dan for a coffee and a chat. For those who haven’t checked it out yet, can you give us a bit of background […]

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TRANSITION | BOOK REVIEW

TRANSITION | BOOK REVIEW

Rhys Milsom (Accent Press) This collection of poems explores family, Welsh identity and disconnected emotions. Although all of the poems seem to touch at least one of those themes, The West Coast of Wales captures them all. It shows how people have become disconnected and unemphatic to the world around them. This is a common idea […]

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