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Month: March 2019

‘Everything is Broken’ by Jessica Stevens

‘Everything is Broken’ by Jessica Stevens

In June 2015, Jessica Stevens was turning out of her road when she was hit by a car travelling towards her at more than twice the speed limit. Having taken almost the full force of the impact, she was airlifted to hospital, put in an induced coma and didn’t wake up for six weeks. In fact, doctors told her family she would probably never wake up – and if she did, she would certainly never go home again. Four years…

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Review of ‘The Pine Islands’ by Marion Poschmann

Review of ‘The Pine Islands’ by Marion Poschmann

Translated by Jen Calleja and published in the UK by Serpent’s Tail, The Pine Islands has been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019. I read The Pine Islands in two sittings; at under 200 pages it’s not a long book, and was in fact the perfect afternoon read. The opening grabbed me right away. I love stories that dive right in to the action, and The Pine Islands does just that. The protagonist, Gilbert Silvester, wakes up from…

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Review of ‘Wo wir zu Hause sind’ by Maxim Leo

Review of ‘Wo wir zu Hause sind’ by Maxim Leo

I think I should start this review with a very brief explainer. I didn’t set out to review German books that haven’t yet been translated into English, but I completely fell in love with this book and just felt I had to write about it. So if you don’t read German, apologies for that – but fingers crossed this will find its way into translation very soon! You may actually be familiar with Maxim Leo from his previous book Red…

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Reading Women in Translation: Ten Tips

Reading Women in Translation: Ten Tips

The past week has been quite an exciting one, what with World Book Day and International Women’s Day (not to mention Pancake Day)! My social media feeds have been filled with inspirational and interesting posts about women and books, with countless pictures of kids dressing up as their favourite characters and generally getting very excited about books and reading, which has been great to see. This week has also brought the positive news that translated fiction from Europe is enjoying…

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A brief guide to the London Book Fair

A brief guide to the London Book Fair

Olympia London, 12–14 March 2019 It’s nearly that time again! In just over a week, we’ll all be cramming ourselves back into the Olympia Exhibition Centre opposite Kensington Olympia station for the London Book Fair. This will be my fifth year at LBF, and although I’m probably still fairly new to it compared to many publishing veterans, I’d like to think I’m starting to get the hang of things a bit! So I’ve put together some tips for translators and…

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