The Queen of Romance, Marguerite Jervis: A Biography by Liz Jones

Bookclub chaired by Natalia Elliot discussing The Queen of Romance by Liz Jones, a biography of Marguerite Jervis

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/21

CATEGORY: Bookclub video

Bookclub discussing the biography, The Queen of Romance, by Liz Jones, about the mass-selling romance novelist Marguerite Jervis (1886-1964), who was …

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The Northern Question: A History of a Divided Country

Ted Parry concludes that this book on periphery and centre deserves a place on the bookshelves of any historian concerned with England, and that Tom Hazeldine’s reshaping of ‘the Northern Question’ will dominate how Wales comes to be governed

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20


The Northern Question is the opening shot of a campaign to place the North-South divide back at the centre of thinking about England. Belying its orig …

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The Rhino Conspiracy

For Amy Aed, this fast-paced bold thriller by the former Labour Minister is one of her picks for the year

PUBLISHED ON: 28/10/20


The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain is a dynamic, fast-paced thriller based in apartheid South Africa. It is emotional and compelling, educational and …

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What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo: Essays on Sex, Authority and the Mess of Life

Luanne Thornton concludes that Wypijewski’s essay collection is bold in its discussion of love, brutality, sex, capitalism and the profiteers of scandal entertainment

PUBLISHED ON: 27/08/20


With extensive experience in journalism and editing at the Nation, the American author seeks out her own topics of interest in this exciting insight i …

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Writing Democracies: Locating DK Fields

DK Fields

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19

CATEGORY: Interview

Asked to reflect on how we co-write, the temptation is to find a place within the third person plural and start from ‘we’. But the single voice of DK …

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Calling a Manual Earth-lifting Device a Spade

Nigel Jarrett

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19


Writers who are prepared to be pushed around don’t deserve the name. If they wish to support the Communists on Monday, the Tories on Wednesday, and th …

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The Hardest Button to Button

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Editorial

The room is way up high. So far that the first time I went, I could send what I saw into nothing, just with the press of lashes to the wrong end of my …

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People, Places and Things: A Life with the Cold War

Adam Somerset

PUBLISHED ON: 01/09/17


On the evening of Christmas Day, 2016, I watched Steven Spielberg’s film Bridge of Spies. The film has all the hallmark production values of the direc …

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The Last Bastion

Rachel Trezise on We’re Still Here, her play about the steel industry crisis affecting 15,000 wider jobs, to be shown in Port Talbot in September. The south Wales of heavy industry, heavily unionised and brimming with big-hearted, community-spirited, Labour-voting skilled manual workers, is gone. Instead, she argues, her play has among its themes, ‘epic compromise’

PUBLISHED ON: 31/07/17

CATEGORY: Author process

Photo: Sam Coombes, cast member and steelworker. Courtesy John Pountney/Elfen Tata Steel announced in January last year that over a thousand steelwork …

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Revolution at Ffotogallery

Jack Pugh

PUBLISHED ON: 10/06/17


The revolution will not be televised, but it was and is photographed. Diffusion, Cardiff’s International Festival of Photography, organised by Ffotoga …

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