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Fire in the Blood

Guest review

Fire in the Blood is a worthy introduction to the writings of Irène Némirovsky, whose life came to an untimely end in an Auschwitz infirmary in 1942. Its plot is characteristic of her …

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Dirt Farmer

This record is Levon Helm’s first release in more than 10 years. It includes a mix of traditional interpretations with modern and classic blues and country standards. With a deep rooted respect for m…

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The Black Tattoo

I used to work with the author of The Black Tattoo, Sam Enthoven, in a London bookshop. He used to regale me with tales of the obscure zombie films and Hong Kong martial arts stars that he was obsess…

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The Belles Line

78 Saab. Never heard of them? Well get with the program! Take it from me and other people in the know. 78 Saab is one of Australia’s premier pop/rock bands. An unearthed gem that over their few relea…

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The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

It’s 1939 and two orphaned brothers are living with their grandparents in Tokyo. One is obsessed with sumo wrestling and the other with creating hand carved masks for the Noh theatre. The boys both b…

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Chrome Dreams II

Back in 1977 Neil Young had planned to release an album titled Chrom Dreams but at the last minute scrapped the recording. Most of the content of the album turned up on subsequent recordings, such as…

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Zugzwang

Zugzwang is the first novel from Irish writer Ronan Bennett since 2004’s Havoc in its Third Year. I remember meeting him in London for the launch of his 1998 book Catastrophist; he is a really nice p…

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Dwight Sings Buck

Only one man could make a record in tribute to the work of Buck Owens. In doing so Dwight Yoakam found the clearest way he could to express his love and acknowledge their friendship. After the death …

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Eternal Light

Elin Manahan Thomas has a distinctive, bright and expressive voice very much suited to the program of pieces she has chosen for her debut disc. The disc begins with a 1000-year-old piece by Hildegard…

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Tokyo Year Zero

David Peace stamped his mark on the world with the excellent Red Riding Quartet; four novels set in Yorkshire that spanned the decade from 1974 to 1983, stopping off along the way in 1977 and 1980. T…

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