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INANIMATE PEOPLE | BOOK REVIEW

INANIMATE PEOPLE | BOOK REVIEW

Gerhard Kress (Mabon Arts Publishing) This book is the accompaniment to a touring art exhibition which was at the Senedd last month. You can catch some of these images, hopefully, at the YMCA shop in Pontypridd this month, too, when it will become a pop-up gallery. Gerhard Kress is a musician, artist, and writer of […]

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HUMMINGBIRD | BOOK REVIEW

HUMMINGBIRD | BOOK REVIEW

Tristan Hughes (Parthian) Set in a remote corner of Northern Ontario, the story follows the life of teenager Zachary and his fellow inhabitants in a sleepy corner of Canada. Living with his father, his summer is invigorated when a local resident’s niece, Eva, comes to visit and the story reveals the events that have shaped […]

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THE DEDALUS BOOK OF GIN | BOOK REVIEW

THE DEDALUS BOOK OF GIN | BOOK REVIEW

Richard Barnett (Dedalus Ltd) Gin is in. Once an ‘old fashioned’ drink, something your Mum might drink on a trip to the local, gin has now had a resurgence and is trendy once more. It’s also a drink with a fascinating history, from medicinal purposes, to being blamed for society’s ills. The Dedalus Book of […]

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TRIPTYCH: THREE STUDIES OF MANIC STREET PREACHERS’ HOLY BIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

TRIPTYCH: THREE STUDIES OF MANIC STREET PREACHERS’ HOLY BIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

Rhina E. Jones, Daniel Lukes, Larissa Wodtke (Repeater Books) There’s something very satisfactory about seeing my fellow former teenage Manics fans grow up and do some really cool things. All that angst basically transformed into brilliant creativity, and this book is proof of that. Triptych is a cool and creative book, full of insight and intelligence, […]

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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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