The text and prolific illustrations that make up The City Beneath provides a hundred-year cultural history of Los Angeles and its environs, from the hobos of the early twentieth century to modern-day taggers; an assertion of the very presence and existence of its marginalised visitors and inhabitants throughout that period. The heroes and heroines […]
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The Shaking City

Oliver Heath enjoys a poetry collection which addresses the pitfalls of memorialisation, memory and history

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past with a certain fondness as we head towards uncertain times. There is an absolute quality to history, …

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Impeccable

The crime thriller Impeccable by Jameel Sandham shares territory with Breaking Bad and Trainspotting. Desi Tsvetkova investigates

PUBLISHED ON: 16/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jameel Sandham’s self-published crime thriller, Impeccable, eerily reminiscent of Ivrine Welsh’s best-selling hit Trainspotting, offers a gritty depic …

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The Dead City Rollers by RT Stroud

Ffion Lindsay

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Ffion Lindsay cannot imagine RT Stroud’s cinematic debut novel being set anywhere other than Swansea, a place where according to her personal experien …

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Water, Water, Nowhere

Heledd Williams

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

Mattie tried to remain composed while she faced the IriScan, keeping her features relaxed so the pigment algorithm of her irises could be analysed. It …

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The Homeless Heart-throb

Ed Garland

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘His urine was starting to scare him,’ notes the narrator of ‘Dogs Only’, one of the milder stories in this sharp new collection (interwoven into nove …

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Things that Make the Heart Beat Faster

Suzy Ceulan Hughes concludes that this ‘slick’ debut short-story collection is packed with social commentary, biting humour and sharp observations, as well as being sparkling with distinctly urban energy and contemporary cosmopolitanism

PUBLISHED ON: 30/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

In the closing story of João Morais’ striking debut collection, we meet Kung Fu. He has stopped a silver Corsa on the Cowbridge Road and the traffic i …

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The Treatment

Novel Preview by Michael Nath: From Chapter 20 where the narrator Caryl Hyatt remembers meeting his second wife, Karen, and what she asked him.

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Fiction

On a night when the millennium was young, Craig Norman, then my boss at The G*******, took me to the Tiresias. It was Craig’s birthday and Craig was a …

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The Woman at the Well

S Beryl Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Fiction

When I got out at the station I found the only way of getting to the house was on foot. Jameson, a little man with a thin moustache and turn-down coll …

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The Buddha and the Pear

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

Sometimes we pay too much attention, sometimes not enough. I’d taken the long route home again, back down Penglais hill from the library, not out of c …

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