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La Llorona, Guatemalan movie, Jayro Bustamente
La Llorona (Film review)
Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

The title translates as ‘weeping woman’ which may well be a metaphor for a weeping nation in Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante’s haunting political drama which captures the trial of an ageing General Enrique Monteverde (Julio Diaz) accused of genocide. There are parallels with Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Rios Montt, who went from general to absolute […]

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Books

  • Novel London: First Chapter Readings
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    Novel London takes place every first Friday in the month and gives authors a platform for their recently published novels. These writers read first chapters from their work to an appreciative audience at Waterstones bookshop, Covent Garden and then face a Q & A. This introductory glimpse of their creative work is there to whet […]

  • The Little Basket 2017: New Malaysian Writing (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    Fixi London launched this anthology at the London Book Fair 14-16 March bringing a taste of South-East Asian creative talent to the capital. The varied work includes short stories, essays, poetry even a comic section setting it apart from your average anthology. The publishers admit to having a wide remit, claiming “we let the authors […]

  • The London Book Fair 2017
    Posted in: Books, Events & Festivals, Highlights

    The London Book Fair merged with London Book & Screen Week in a way that suggested more marketing than serendipity. An estimated 25,000 people attended this March 14-16 event at the London Olympia which brought together both big name publishers and hopeful independents offering titles across every genre. Penguin Books and Harper Collins hogged the […]

  • The Launch of London Faces
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    Writer Jon Appleton launched his serialised online fiction London Faces this week on Charles Dickens’ birthday perhaps aware that the great novelist also launched his illustrious career similarly through a serialised London-themed piece of fiction, which was published in Victorian newspapers. It was called Pickwick Papers. London Faces is unashamedly dedicated to the goings on […]

  • Books on the Underground
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    During your morning commute you may have noticed a strategically placed novel on London Underground. Perhaps already waiting there on your seat causing you to hastily discard your copy of The Metro. Well if you have, it may be the work of a dedicated book-loving organisation called Books on the Underground. Created in 2012 by […]

  • Emily Bronte
    December 19: The Demise of Emily Bronte
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, People

    Novelist Emily Bronte came from a remarkable Victorian writing and painting clan and even as her classic Wuthering Heights would make its mark on literature other members of her talented family would also find fame. Just as remarkable is the time scale of Emily’s achievement, dying as she did aged just 30 in 1848 – […]

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    Companions Of Clay (Book)
    Posted in: Books, People, Reviews

    What’s Hot London? readers will, no doubt, warm to a novel that has many a London landmark and postcode featured in its surreal depiction of coma dream states. The author Safeena Chaudhry, currently runs a monthly literary event called Novel London at Waterstones which she offers as a platform for promoting other writers’ work. You’ll […]

  • A Short Story On Big Screen
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

    You may have noticed Hollywood sci- fi film Arrival has been gaining considerable press weeks before its global release. Along with its original take on alien contact it’s also been garnering attention from the bookish crowd as well as cinema lovers because it started out as a short story (not even a novel!) by respected […]

  • The Silent Children Book Review
    The Silent Children (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    An unexpected letter arrives from Vienna. An estranged mother on her death bed trying to contact a son who feels nothing but bitterness towards her. So much so that it takes him three days to even open it and when he does it reveals an unsolved family mystery from the years leading up to the […]

  • Novel London Sept 2016
    Novel London
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    If you’re an undiscovered author or book fan seeking an event where you can network with fellow literary minds and hear first chapter readings by emerging novelists then look no further than Novel London, which runs every first Friday of the month. Organised by creative writer Safeena Chaudhry, it has been running since 2015 during […]