Prayers for the Stolen

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Stolen women. It sounds like an oxymoron, as if those two words cancel each other out, they should not go together, it should not exist. In the last month the #BringBackOurGirls campaign has raised awareness of the plight of stolen girls and women, the kidnapping of 200 high school…

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2013

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Today judges announced the Man Booker Dozen that have made it onto the long list for 2013. Last year Hilary Mantel won it for the second time and with a sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, which is the 2nd book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. I have just finished…

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There may not be a new sponsor yet, however 20 books appear on the long list for the international Women’s Prize for Fiction and although there are certain predictable inclusions, such as Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour and Zadie Smith’s NW, it is great…

How sweet is this?

If it’s Friday, it must be France … May 1st is celebrated in many different ways around the world. France has a particularly sweet custom and my friend,  book reviewer and blogger Claire McAlpine, wrote a lovely post about that very topic. I’m happy to share it with you today. Le Muguet – Becoming French MayContinue reading “How sweet is this?”

Meet Claire McAlpine, Reviewer Extraordinaire

If it’s Friday, it must be France … Last Friday we spent some time in beautiful Aix-En-Provence. Today I want to introduce you to a young writer and reviewer living there. I’ve been following her blog, Word By Word, for a while now and I’m sure you are going to want to add it toContinue reading “Meet Claire McAlpine, Reviewer Extraordinaire”