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Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun – translated from Arabic by Elizabeth Jaquette

This slim collection of short stories published by Comma Press is probably the first ever collection of short stories by a Sudanese woman to be translated into English. That ‘probably’ is telling: here is a literary culture so marginalised in the west that no one can say with complete certainty whether any similar books have

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Cairo edited by Raph Cormack

Comma Press are known for their short story anthologies, especially those centred around cities. Previous collections include The Book of Istanbul and The Book of Tokyo, amongst many others. May 2019 sees the release of The Book of Cairo. As you might have guessed, this is an anthology of short stories which are all, in

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Tehran – Edited by Fereshteh Ahmadi

A new addition to their award-winning Reading the City Series, The Book of Tehran from Comma Press (edited by Fereshteh Ahmadi) is a beautiful, insightful peek into a lesser-explored area of the world and the literature that such a diverse and troubled city can produce. A selection of Iran’s best known writers merge together into

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BEST BOOKS: Ross Jeffery’s Best Books Read in 2018

Our head of books has been rather busy this year and has had a remarkable turnover of reviews. Reading everything that has come his way, from the big publishers to many a independent press and so we feel he’s the guy to talk to you about his best books of 2018 – or the year

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BOOK REVIEW: The New Uncanny Edited by Sarah Eyre & Ra Page

Right, straight off the bat – this collection is insanely fucking good! Now I have got that off my chest…to showcase the type of brilliance you will be getting here lets take a small interlude of Ra Page’s introduction to The New Uncanny. In his famous essay of 1919 – the reason we’re all here

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BOOK REVIEW: Where the Road Runs Out by Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes’ third collection with Manchester’s ever-reliable Comma Press is a bittersweet gem. Writing mostly in a kind of disciplined free verse, Holmes runs her eye across a wealth of strange material, exploring the private dreams of pylons, the curious properties of sinkholes and how best to react when transforming into a sea horse. Yet

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INTERVIEW: James Frey

James Frey James Frey is originally from Ohio. His books A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, Bright Shiny Morning and The Final Testament of the Holy Bible have all been bestsellers around the world. He is married and lives in New York. Q. What was your first engagement with literature and what inspired you

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BOOK REVIEW: Quartier Perdu by Sean O’Brien

Comma Press has done it again. I recently reviewed The Book of Tbilisi, a collection of short tales detailing the history of the Georgian capital. Quartier Perdu and Other Stories is, you guessed it, another gripping collection of short stories. This time, all the stories are written by a single author. Sean O’Brien does it

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Tbilisi Edited by Becca Parkinson & Gvantsa Jobava

We read to experience lives entirely different from our own. If you’ve ever been curious about what it would be like to have grown up and lived in Georgia, this is the book for you. The Book of Tbilisi is an anthology of ten short stories by various authors. Each details the experience of living

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