August 15, 2018

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The Luminaries

New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton made history when her 832-page sophomore novel The Luminaries won prestigious literary award the Man Booker Prize. Judges of the annual prize marvelled at Catton’s ability to turn the modern day novel on its head and used words like ‘epic’ ‘virtuoso’ and ‘exceptional’ to describe her work. The Lu…
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Doris Lessing 1919 – 2013

It was a great loss to hear of the death of Doris Lessing, however she had lived a great and creative life in her 94 years. Lessing won the Nobel-prize for Literature in 2007 for her books, among more than 50 and most noticeably The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing. Her works covered […]

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Beckett Novel Murphy

This week at Sotheby’s London, one of the most important 20th century working manuscripts remaining in private hands – Samuel Beckett’s first novel, “Murphy” was sold for £962,500 to the University of Reading. Handwritten in six exercise books between August 1935 and June 1936, whilst Beckett was undergoing psychoanal…
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War on Grief

Why do so many tragedies lead to further tragedy… breakdown in marriages… break up of families? This is a raw and honest account of the author’s personal loss of his daughter, and how he learns that tragedies such as his change and define your life. His story is one of hope where his grief becomes […]

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Protecting Yourself Against the Unpredictable

The latest book from Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the New York professor famous for dubbing large-scale, unpredictable and irregular events of massive consequences such as the astonishing success of Google, or 9/11, as Black Swans, is an advisory on how your behaviour, lifestyle and assets can be shaped to minimize such risks, even benefit from them*. [….
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Jewish Entrepreneurship In Salonica

Jewish Entrepreneurship In Salonica, 1912-1940: An Ethnic Economy In Transition By Orly C. Meron In this book the author, Dr Orly C Meron, provides a multidisciplinary exploration of Salonica’s Jewish-owned economy between the years 1912-1940, a period prior to and during Greece’s national consolidation. Based on original and newly anal…
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Flood’s Mousey Mousey popular

Children’s author Heather Flood’s heroine Mousey Mousey has been hailed by fellow authors, children and parents as the cutest mouse ever – topping Walt Disney’s Mickey and Minnie and the little mouse in The Gruffalo! Heather’s adorable characters from Mousey Mousey and the Witches’ Revenge have become cult figure…
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Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash is no ordinary life story – it’s a tourist’s guide to cancer treatment in pictures. “Being treated for cancer is like being in a foreign country” is how author Keith Hern puts it, “and what you really need is a guidebook.” Early on in Keith’s battle against throat cancer he began to […
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Midnight Alley by Miles Corwin

Booklist, Starred Review, February, 2012 “Recommend this superb novel to fans of crime thrillers and police procedurals…” Ash Levine, the top detective in the LAPD’s elite Felony Special Squad, is called out to solve the murder of two young black men found shot to death in a Venice alley. The case is a high priority […]


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