Blogs in January 2023

Dirt 9th January 2023

This is no utopia… 1996. Northern Israel. Lola leaves an unhappy home life in England for the fabled utopian life of a kibbutz, but this heavily guarded farming community on the Arab-Israeli border isn’t the idyll it seems, and...

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The Bastard Factory 19th December 2022

Chris Kraus’ The Bastard Factory tells the story of an entire epoch: a drama of betrayal and self-delusion spanning the years 1905 to 1975, taking us from Riga to Moscow, Berlin and Munich all the way to Tel Aviv....

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Mother of Strangers 3rd August 2022

Set in Jaffa in between 1947 and 1951, this “fable-like historical novel of young love … darkly humorous and touching . . .” (Oprah Daily) is based on a true story during the beginning of the destruction of Palestine...

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The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land 12th April 2022

A divorced con-artist and his young daughter sell empty bottles of ‘holy’ air to credulous tourists. In a bombed-out Beirut radio station, a Lebanese Scheherazade enchants three young soldiers with her nightly tales. Ahead of a school ‘Show and...

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Fifty Miles Wide 19th January 2022

Ten years after breaking a world record for a circumnavigation by bicycle, award-winning travel writer Julian Sayarer returns to two wheels to write life at the roadsides of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. His journey weaves from fertile...

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