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January Children’s & Young Adult Highlights

It’s great to see an author-illustrator partnership taking off and I think that’s the case with Clare Freedman and Kate Hindley. Their first book, The Great Snortle Hunt, was really good fun and several customers told me it was their pre-schooler’s favourite. The latest, Oliver and Patch, is a heart-breaker (probably more so for the adult reading …

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What we’re reading: Nicholas Rombes, Lauren Sams and Jane Gleeson-White

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Gerard Elson is reading The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing by Nicholas Rombes

After a promising beginning, I was ultimately frustrated by film scholar Nicholas Rombes’ first work of litera…

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What books should I read before I travel to Japan?

If you’re planning a holiday to Japan you might like to consider reading one of the following books. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide (translated by Eric Selland)

A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo, and work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another. One da…

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