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Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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Enlightenment for All!
Thursday, 29 December 2022 17:26

Enlightenment for All!

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Fran Lock introduces a 'Gypsy Futurist' science fiction story called 'Enlightenment For All!', available to download as a pdf below. Image above courtesy of Jack Varnell Realistic Irrealities: On ‘Enlightenment for All!’ An Lucht Siúil or ‘the walking people’ is the Irish name for those of ethno-cultural nomadic heritage. I…
Calamitous Corruption: The Harry Palmer LA Trilogy
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 21 December 2022 15:32

Calamitous Corruption: The Harry Palmer LA Trilogy

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Dennis Broe presents Book 3: The Precinct With The Golden Arm In his third encounter with the seamy world of the LA power structure of the 1940s, disgraced ex-homicide detective Harry Palmer tangles with the LAPD as it attempts to shed its aura of corruption while clamping down on the…
Fallen Angels and A Road Trip to Nowhere
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 26 November 2022 13:24

Fallen Angels and A Road Trip to Nowhere

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Fallen Angels This Varg Veum novel, the latest to be translated into English, displays its author Gunnar Staalesen’s encyclopedic knowledge of his western coastal Norwegian town of Bergen, a microcosm of the minute class differences of any modern city. Also on display are his Chandlerian use of allusions and metaphors…
A Book for Christmas: The Sikh Snowman
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 18 November 2022 16:43

A Book for Christmas: The Sikh Snowman

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Some snowmen had topknots. Some wore football scarves and skull caps. Some had veils over their faces. One had fairy wings. They all began to sing...... Snowfall, friendship and feelings combine in this heartfelt and celebratory story about coming together. There's a relatable and joyous sense of wonder as the…
Penknife
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 27 September 2022 10:30

Penknife

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The Pen: self-discovery, reflection, sexual awakening and redemption The Knife: misplaced loyalties, violence, criminality and toxic masculinity As the UK goes into an autumn of escalating industrial unrest, with a new Prime Minister who echoes Margaret Thatcher, Penknife is a timely coming of age novel set in small town Essex…
Culture for All: Why Children's Literature Matters
Sunday, 10 April 2022 09:21

Culture for All: Why Children's Literature Matters

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As part of the Culture for All series we're proud to present a short film about children's literature by Kim Reynolds, followed by the text of her talk Why Children’s Literature Matters People often ask me why I study children’s literature. The question comes from the misconception that children’s books…
Lost People, Spaces and Places: The 2022 Crime Novel
Friday, 08 April 2022 12:54

Lost People, Spaces and Places: The 2022 Crime Novel

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Dennis Broe reports back from the recent Quais du Polar crime writing festival One of the largest International Crime Writing Festivals in the world, the Quais du Polar, just closed in Lyon, France. The subject on many writers’ minds was, surprisingly, not the Ukraine, though the war was ever present,…
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