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HIGHLIGHTS FROM WELSH HISTORY | BOOK REVIEW

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WELSH HISTORY | BOOK REVIEW

Emrys Roberts (Y Lolfa) One of the biggest issues we face as a nation is a lack of our own media, and as a result Welsh history tends to get sidelined in favour of an English/British narrative. How many in Wales can answer when the Battle Of Hastings took place but don’t have a clue […]

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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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THE PARADISE GHETTO | BOOK REVIEW

THE PARADISE GHETTO | BOOK REVIEW

Fergus O’Connell (Accent Press) There is an argument that art is nothing more than delusion, and perhaps history repays this notion. At Theresienstadt, the ghetto established for ‘privileged’ Jews during the Second World War – where Fergus O’Connell sets The Paradise Ghetto – a rich cultural life flourished; there were lectures series, recitals and even schooling. […]

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THE OLD KING IN HIS EXILE | BOOK REVIEW

THE OLD KING IN HIS EXILE | BOOK REVIEW

  Arno Geiger, trans. Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories) Geiger’s memoir details his father’s Alzheimer’s and the effect it has on the whole family. Told through snapshots of his own life as well as his father’s, Geiger charts a series of emotions from anger and disappointment through to humour and the celebration of parent-child bonds. Brief […]

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NOCILLA EXPERIENCE | BOOK REVIEW

NOCILLA EXPERIENCE | BOOK REVIEW

Agustin Fernandez Mallo (Fitzcarraldo Editions) This is a wonderful, mesmeric book. It is a book of ideas – how they arise, who has them, where they lead to, how all our lives are interconnected by them. Effortlessly blending art and science, hypothesis and fact, loneliness and love in a series of short, self-contained chapters that […]

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THE BOY | BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY | BOOK REVIEW

Wytske Versteeg (HopeRoad Publishing)  Translated fiction has seen a rise in popularity during recent years and the latest offering from Dutch author Wytske Versteeg, The Boy is a feast to add to the translated fiction list. The psychological thriller is centred around Kito, a teenager whose body has been found washed up on a beach following […]

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WONDERS WILL NEVER CEASE | BOOK REVIEW

WONDERS WILL NEVER CEASE | BOOK REVIEW

Robert Irwin (Dedalus Books)   Not quite the Medieval zombie tale expected from the blurb which states: “…Hell is now full and consequently the dead stalk the land…” but Irwin’s novel still has the capacity to entertain and tell a good story.  Set in the 1400s this book involves real historical figures and the bloody […]

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