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Smokescreen

Recently released e-book Smokescreen from first-time author Khaled Talib is an espionage thriller with a certain difference: it’s set, perhaps unusually, in Singapore, where womanising Eurasian journalist Jet West finds himself embroiled in a political assassination plot with undercurrents of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Smokescreen, described as “dark and edgy” by […]

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Prince

Any story opening with the death of world-renowned playwright Christopher Marlowe on its very first page sets the bar fairly high on the drama and intrigue stakes. I wasn’t convinced maintaining the requisite level of excitement for 400-odd pages was something Rory Clements would be able to pull off in […]

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole (first published in Spanish as ‘Fiesta en la Madriguera’) is the debut novella from Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos, and the first book to be published by new imprint And Other Stories. It has since been shortlisted for a number of literary awards, including The Guardian […]

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My Name is E

This is a story about deafness, but not only about deafness. As with Frederick Lightfoot’s other work, he writes about some challenging issues, but in multi-layered ways. ‘My Name is E’, in fact, covers several complex but universal themes: childhood, womanhood, family, rejection, discrimination, abuse, alienation. And no character, not […]