Tag: bloomsbury

BOOK REVIEW: The New Silk Roads: The Present And Future Of The World by Peter Frankopan

This is a sequel to The Silk Roads (2015). It researches how past migration effects our world today. The Silk Roads are an ancient concept of how people and trade moved between Asia, Europe and Africa. They are not roads at such, but how cultures, and continents are interwoven and how religion, language and disease

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BOOK REVIEW: Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif

I will admit that until a copy of Red Birds was sent to me to review, I only had vaguely heard of Mohamed Hanif. I generally manage to keep on top of things but occasionally there’s a whole new amazing writer/band/director that comes on to my radar a decade after everyone else’s. Hanif is one

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BOOK REVIEW: Fox 8 by George Saunders

Fox 8 by George Saunders is a feat of great storytelling, it’s an enchanting and darkly comic fable centred around the life of Fox 8 who reveals through his unique voice the greed of man and the destruction of nature. If anyone doesn’t know who George Saunders is, where have you been living…under a rock,

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn

Just when the world turned around a little too fast and spun itself into a new dystopian reality is hard to pin-point exactly. It seems it might have kicked-off around 2016 when every one of your favourite celebrities started dying and the Western electorate ticked the box marked ‘collective suicide pact’. Then again, it could

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BOOK REVIEW: A Herring Famine by Adam O’Riordan

For his debut collection, In the Flesh, Adam O’Riordan demonstrated a leaning towards the past and a fluidity of form, both of which bent naturally to his rich, allusive style. As Andrew Motion writes in the blurb for this new volume, here is a poet with ‘tremendous delicacy of feeling and expression’, and so he

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INTERVIEW: Patrick deWitt

What was your first experience / engagement with literature? I guess I was around twelve years old. I grew up in the home of a reader, my father was a big fan of novels in particular. I asked him what was so interesting about this format and he began loaning me books. These books were

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BOOK REVIEW: Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

Lost Connections is the culmination of Johann Hari’s ideas about the origins of depression and anxiety. His search for answers was inspired by his own experience of having been diagnosed at 18 years old and immediately being given the explanation that Western medicine offers; that his illness was caused by a chemical imbalance in his

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BOOK REVIEW: French Exit by Patrick deWitt

French Exit is pretty darn good – in fact I would say it’s exquisite! A fan of deWitt’s writing, I was delighted to be sent an early copy of ‘French Exit‘ to review from Bloomsbury Books – and so I set about devouring this latest offering in a couple of sittings. If you haven’t read

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BOOK REVIEW: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

From the outside all may appear dazzling, golden, dripping in sequins and sprinkled with glitter, but look inside and there is darkness, murkiness and depravity. Take hold of Social Creature and turn its pages and you may find yourself twisting and contorting out of shape as this tale pulls you through its competing visions: it

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GUEST POST: How Studying Anthropology Helped Me As A Novelist by Sofka Zinovieff

Like most students of social anthropology, I was required in my first year at university, to write an essay about whether the incest taboo is universal. The answer is: pretty much yes, if you don’t count some ancient Egyptian royals and some differing views about first cousins. But not much else is universal in the

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