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18 Jun The Aftermath

Rhidian Brook's family history provided the inspiration for the novel. His grandfather, Walter Brook, took over a requisitioned house in Hamburg in 1946 and, like the British family in the novel, he made the decision to share it with the German owners, rather than dispossessing...

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17 Jun Remembering JFK

John F Kennedy was born 100 years ago on May 29, 1917. He was the youngest man to enter the White House. Gregory Frame, Lecturer in Film Studies, Bangor University comments that “he epitomised the promise of a new era in American politics.” Kennedy recognised...

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07 May They are Trying to Break Your Heart

  What a fantastic debut novel from David Savill!  The author zigzags across time and geography focusing on four interconnected characters. At the heart of the story are the themes of family, love, responsibility, desire, memory,  death as well unspeakable atrocities; the plot covers a ten-year period...

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01 May Films Galore

I decided to spend part of this weekend watching some of the latest DVD releases, most of which had only received lukewarm reviews from film critics. So, as I settled down to watch the films, I wondered whether this would be several hours of wasted...

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19 Apr The Gustav Sonata

  This really was an easy read as well as being a real page-turner; an excellent choice for the latter stages of the Easter holidays. The difficulty now will be finding another book that betters it or is equally captivating. I loved the narrative and the...

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13 Apr Secret by Philippe Grimbert

  I am posting this article from The Guardian which provides an excellent insight into this unforgettable novel. Twenty years after his parents jumped from the window of their Parisian apartment to their deaths, Philippe Grimbert decided to write about the secret that had overwhelmed their lives....

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12 Apr Medieval Selfies

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a ‘selfie’ as something quite basic and simplistic, namely a ‘photographic self-portrait’. However, in many senses selfies are nothing new; if we remove the photographic aspect of a selfie and include self-portraits made with pen and ink then we can...

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