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July's People

July’s People by Nadine Gordimer, her imagined end to apartheid through civil war, was banned in South Africa after its publication in 1981; her predicted end was a violent revolution in which blacks are killing whites in order to regain control of the country and overturn the system of racial segregation.  Bam and Maureen Smales, [...]

Claire's Corner

Each month the Riverside Readers book group meets on the South Bank (close to the London Eye, photographed above) to discuss our monthly book choice.  I noticed earlier this week that all but one of our choices feature on the Guardian’s 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read list, which is entirely coincidental although when I came [...]

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

I love Classic literature; I love books in translation; I love controversial novels with scandal and intrigue so when Polly of Novel Insights chose Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierra Choderlos de Laclos for the Riverside Readers to discuss, I was delighted. An eighteenth century epistolary novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses concerns two bored aristocrats [...]

I Served the King of England

This month’s book for Savidge Reads’ and Kimbofo’s book group was I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal. This Czech book in translation was my choice. I first came across Hrabal six years ago when I took a Slavonic literature course as an elective at University and read his novella Closely Observed Trains; [...]

Voice Over

They have known each other for a long time. She has never quite been able to recall the moment when they met, the place, the precise day, whether she shook his hand or they kissed on the cheek. Nor has she ever thought to ask him. She does have a first memory, though. As she [...]

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