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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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MEMORIES OF A FREE FESTIVAL | BOOK REVIEW

MEMORIES OF A FREE FESTIVAL | BOOK REVIEW

Sam Knee (Cicada) Sam Knee’s previous books have mostly been picture-led, pleasingly presented hardback affairs interspersed by a few paragraphs of social context here and there. Memories Of A Free Festival (which takes its title from a David Bowie song, written about one he played in 1969) follows this pattern, tracing the history of the British […]

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TIME OF LIES | BOOK REVIEW

TIME OF LIES | BOOK REVIEW

Douglas Board (Lightning Books) This book is dedicated to the memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox and, despite the fact it’s been a year since her death as well as the myriad political issues we’re currently facing, there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to read this book. Douglas Board manages to create a riveting satire […]

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BLUE SELF-PORTRAIT | BOOK REVIEW

BLUE SELF-PORTRAIT | BOOK REVIEW

Noémi Lefebvre, translated by Sophie Lewis (Les Fugitives) Weaving between the past and present, this is a lyrical tale from French novelist Noémi Lefebvre and translated by Sophie Lewis. Taking its name from the painting that has succeeded in haunting the narrator – Arnold Schoenberg’s portrait – the novel takes the form of a monologue; […]

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33⅓: COLOSSAL YOUTH | BOOK REVIEW

33⅓: COLOSSAL YOUTH | BOOK REVIEW

Michael Blair & Joe Bucciero (Bloomsbury) Included in the latest round of additions to the 33⅓ book series – compact volumes dedicated to albums, be they classic, underappreciated or maligned – is Colossal Youth, the sole studio LP by early-80s postpunk/proto-indie trio Young Marble Giants. It’s relevant to Buzz by virtue of their Cardiff origins (they […]

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THE HOPKINS CONUNDRUM | BOOK REVIEW

THE HOPKINS CONUNDRUM | BOOK REVIEW

Simon Edge (Lightning Books) One of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s most famous poems is The Wreck of the Deutschland and it’s from this that Simon Edge has taken his inspiration. Edge cleverly weaves three narratives together to form the novel. One part of the plot involves the tale of the 19th century nuns involved in the shipwreck; another […]

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LETTERS FROM KLARA | BOOK REVIEW

LETTERS FROM KLARA | BOOK REVIEW

Tove Jansson (Sort Of Books) To note that Tove Jansson is best known as creator of the Moomins is an understatement. It all but swallows the rest of her work, which included a parallel painting career and several books written for the adult market – such as this short story collection, freshly translated into English […]

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BEING SIMON HAINES | BOOK REVIEW

BEING SIMON HAINES | BOOK REVIEW

Tom Vaughan MacAulay (Red Door Publishing) The fast-paced and cut-throat working environment of the city is at the heart of Being Simon Haines, which as the title suggests follows the life of the main character. With the verdict of a campaign he has been working on for London law company Fiennes & Plunkett looming, the […]

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SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE | BOOK REVIEW

SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE | BOOK REVIEW

Patty Yumi Cottrell (And Other Stories) A striking debut, Sorry To Disrupt The Peace provides a unique and intriguing angle by delving into the complex subject matter of suicide, as a mix of emotions are explored in this dark, deep and at times humorous novel. The story is narrated by Helen Moran, the main character who […]

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RETURN FROM DARKNESS | BOOK REVIEW

RETURN FROM DARKNESS | BOOK REVIEW

Graham Jones (Y Lolfa) Inspired by the tale from the Mabinogi of Twrch Trwyth, the boar hunted down by King Arthur, Graham Jones uses the rich Welsh tradition of storytelling and juxtaposes it with various beautiful and spiritual descriptions of the Welsh landscape to create a compelling narrative of his own. With many a twist and turn, the […]

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