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'Be Careful Out There, Be Careful in Here: The Dangerous Worlds of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya' by Tim Jones

An extended review of Hillary Jordan's When She Woke explores this thoughtful, modern re-telling of a classic.

'Eyes for the Grotesque Things in Life': A Conversation with Sarah Hall

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RED WINE
Amina Zaydan
Translated from the Arabic by Sally Gomaa

Filled with Egyptian history and vivid wartime descriptions, Red Wine, the winner of the 2007 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, is a beautifully written novel by an obviously gifted author.
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Reviewed by Amanda Meale
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THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC
Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka, author of the wonderful When the Emperor was Divine, has produced an exceptional novel in The Buddha in the Attic. It is a novel seemingly without plot and seemingly without characters. Yet the characters exist.
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Reviewed by Judy Lim
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AN ACCIDENT IN AUGUST
Laurence Cossé
Translated from the French by Alison Anderson

I am sure that most people, certainly in the United Kingdom, can remember where they were when the death of Diana, Princess of Wales was announced. It was an event of such magnitude in the consciousness of the British public, or at least …
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Reviewed by Ceri Evans
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PAST THE SHALLOWS
Favel Parrett

Favel Parrett has written an unequivocally strong debut novel in Past the Shallows. From the opening paragraph she sets the mood for this breathtaking story brilliantly.
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Reviewed by Judy Lim
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ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING INDIAN
Rupinder Gill

Sometimes you just need to read something fun. After many years immersed in the non-fiction world of career, home renovation and childcare books, I've been trying to …
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Reviewed by Joyce Nickel


"A Kingdom for a Kalashnikov" by Andrea Heiberg Book Cover
A short story from her collection, Next Stop: Sejer Island
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