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Bookshops & the Literary Field in the Time of Corona

Just when I thought I could write a little something about how bookshops and literary event organisers deal with the current situation, I came across a short article by Clare Thorp who wrote about how bookshops in different countries find ways to still sell books into their communities and beyond […] Read more

Students’ Corner: Review of “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Today, Chiara Harrison Lambe, a student at the Centre for British Studies in Berlin, shares her review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go (Faber, 2005) and claims that it hasn’t lost any of its emotional force over the years. Never Let Me Go opens with its narrator, Kathy […] Read more

An Archive Full of Voices: Wasafiri celebrates 35 years and 100 issues!

I had the great pleasure to attend the celebrations of Wasafiri Magazine’s 35th anniversairy and its 100th issue on Saturday, 9 November at the British Library in London. Founding editor Susheila Nasta together with editor and new publishing director Malachi McIntosh took guided us through their captivating programme entitled “An […] Read more

Killing it in Yorkshire: the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate

Sandra van Lente went to Harrogate to see what the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival was all about. Harrogate is one of “the” places to go you are interested in crime fiction – this seems to be true for readers as well as agents, editors and other “book professionals”. This […] Read more

Caution: Reading in Progress! We’re all mad here…

Sandra van Lente meldet sich aus London, wo sie zusammen mit Dr Anamik Saha an der Goldsmiths Universität im Projekt „Rethinking ‚Diversity‘ in Pubishing“ aktiv ist. Hier stellt sie kurz drei Bücher vor, die ihren Weg vielleicht nicht unbedingt in den deutschen Buchhandel finden werden (was sehr schade wäre): Bernardine […] Read more

Caution: Reading in Progress!

In our new format we are going to write about books we are currently reading. This is an experiment and a work-in-progress. So please don’t expect a polished review or an in-depth reading with final conclusions and what not. What we want to do in this category is to give […] Read more