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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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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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