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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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50 BUILDINGS THAT BUILT WALES | BOOK REVIEW

50 BUILDINGS THAT BUILT WALES | BOOK REVIEW

Mark Baker, Greg Stevenson and David Wilson (Graffeg) This fascinating coffee-table book combines photography of some Wales’ most important and interesting buildings by Mark Baker alongside analysis by architectural historians Dr Greg Stevenson and Dr David Wilson. Good formatting, interesting insights and captivating photography make this book a great overview of Welsh history and Wales […]

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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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