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The lingua franca of yearning and inquiry | Marina Warner

One of my most eagerly anticipated events of the year is the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival – a multilingual gathering of authors and poets set up by the… 901 more words


Ramadan Reading Challenge 2015 - Midterm Report

Today is day 20 of Ramadan. We have to fast 29 days (or 30)  which means I have 10 days to go.

A big thanks to all the people reading alongside me, even though you have not officially enter the challenge . 1,578 more words


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In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar

First book of 2015! *applause* *standing ovation* *mexican wave*

We’re starting a little bit heavy this time around. While the physicality of the book itself is not very daunting, I think the subject can be a little bit on the heavy side. 407 more words


Here Are Some I Read Earlier – My Favourite Books of 2014

It’s December, so time for the 2014 lists to appear. My heading is misleading as the novels listed below were not published in 2014. They’re on this list because I read them in 2014, loved them and recommend them as great reads. 1,570 more words

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“If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you've got a problem.” (Julius Erving)

The Booker 2014 shortlist has been revealed (admittedly way back on 9 September, but what I lack in efficiency I make up for in enthusiasm). Inevitably the spotlight falls on the winner, but it’s an achievement to even make it as far as the shortlist:  I thought this week I would look at two books that were nominated, but didn’t win. 922 more words


The Consequences of Dreams

Novelist Hisham Matar writes on Libya after Qaddafi. From the New Yorker:

Dreams have consequences. There is no turning back. A revolution is not a painless march to the gates of freedom and justice.

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