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THE MAIAS | BOOK REVIEW

THE MAIAS | BOOK REVIEW

Eça de Queiroz (Dedalus) Like many of de Queiroz’s work, The Maias is about a family and their struggles. This time the family is told to us through three generations, just like Gilmore Girls. And just like Gilmore Girls, there’s a grandparent who thinks they know best, a lost and whimsical parent who makes mistakes in […]

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JOSEPH VAN PEARCE AND THE PROPHECY OF THE DRAGON’S HEAD MEDALLION | BOOK REVIEW

JOSEPH VAN PEARCE AND THE PROPHECY OF THE DRAGON’S HEAD MEDALLION | BOOK REVIEW

C.C. Brampton (Brampton Publishers Ltd) This fantasy novel is definitely aimed at the younger generation. This judgment is not based off the age of Joseph (the main character who is 15), or off the assumption that fantasy novels are childish (if you haven’t watched/read Game of Thrones, you’ve probably heard of it and that is […]

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THE DAUGHTER OF LADY MACBETH | BOOK REVIEW

THE DAUGHTER OF LADY MACBETH | BOOK REVIEW

Ajay Close (Sandstone Press) The relationship between parent and child is always fraught with tension, but for Freya, things are even more complicated. She has never known her father and her mother remains reticent at divulging any information about him. Freya’s mother, Lilias, has never conformed to the stereotypical mother, constantly remaining aloof. Freya is forced to resort […]

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COMPASS | BOOK REVIEW

COMPASS | BOOK REVIEW

Mathias Enard (Fitzcarraldo Editions) A contemporary premise and captivating plot form the basis to this unique novel from French writer Mathias Enard. Having received critical acclaim for his previous work, the novel was awarded the Prix Goncourt prize, France’s oldest and most prestigious literary accolade when it was first published in the French language in […]

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NIGEL JARRETT ON SLOWLY BURNING | BOOKS GUEST FEATURE

NIGEL JARRETT ON SLOWLY BURNING | BOOKS GUEST FEATURE

Award-winning Welsh writer Nigel Jarrett wrote Slowly Burning about a washed-out tabloid hack, Bunny Patmore, who’s on the crime beat again. Buzz invited the author to say something about it, and the issues it raises. As a former daily newspaper journalist who’d given up salaried work, I used to wonder why no-one had fictionalised the kind of […]

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LIT | BOOK FEATURE

LIT | BOOK FEATURE

Spread the Word Literature Festival is hosted by the Stephens and George Charitable Trust and is now in its fifth year. The festival is held every year on World Book Day – Thurs 2 Mar – and each year the festival has a different theme, with this year’s theme being Harry Potter. Over 2000 children […]

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NOBODY’S SUBJECT | BOOK REVIEW

NOBODY’S SUBJECT | BOOK REVIEW

  Mike Jenkins (BBTS Publications) With an image of a dragon in a business suit on the cover cutting off its tongue with a pair of scissors – image supplied by S4C presenter and poet Sion Tomos Owen – this is, unsurprisingly, a book that not only has a lot to say, but says those […]

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THE DOLL’S ALPHABET | BOOK REVIEW

THE DOLL’S ALPHABET | BOOK REVIEW

Camilla Grudova (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Camilla Grudova is a Canadian writer who has featured in literature journals such as Granta. This is her first collection of fiction, and it marks her out as one of the most troublingly imaginative, blackly hilarious authors to have emerged in recent times. Thirteen short stories paint multiple worlds in which […]

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LAND OF MY FATHERS | BOOK REVIEW

LAND OF MY FATHERS | BOOK REVIEW

Vamba Sherif (Hope Road Publishing) Vamba Sherif’s evocative tale of freed slaves in Liberia is a powerful historical novel that tells a relatively unknown story of this era. In 1822, more than 15,000 freed slaves and African-Americans were paid to leave and settle in Liberia. Faced with a backdrop of French and British colonialists alongside […]

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BLACK WAVE | BOOK REVIEW

BLACK WAVE | BOOK REVIEW

Michelle Tea (And Other Stories) A witty and insightful fictionalised autobiography, Black Wave is a compelling read. The narrative follows Michelle as she becomes disillusioned with her hedonistic lifestyle in San Francisco and moves to Los Angeles. The book then takes on more fictionalised events as the end of the world is announced. Frighteningly though, with […]

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