Blogs in December 2023

Farewell Dinner for a Spy 6th December 2023

1949: William Catesby returns to London in disgrace, accused of murdering a ‘double-dipper’ the Americans believed to be one of their own. His left-wing sympathies have him singled out as a traitor. Henry Bone throws him a lifeline, sending...

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Run Me to Earth 20th May 2021

From award-winning author Paul Yoon comes a beautiful, aching novel about three kids orphaned in 1960s Laos—and how their destinies are entwined across decades, anointed by Hernan Diaz as, “one of those rare novels that stays with us to...

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The Man With the Golden Mind 13th January 2021

Julia Rendel asks Detective Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set...

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How to Pronounce Knife 7th December 2020

In the title story of Souvankham Thammavongsa’s debut collection, a young girl brings a book home from school and asks her father to help her pronounce a tricky word, a simple exchange with unforgettable consequences. Thammavongsa is a master...

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The sound of the buffalo bells: Stories from Laos 22nd February 2020

Amongst temples and banks, rice fields and jungles the reader meets forest-eaters and world-travelling buffaloes, a frog who wants to swallow the moon, a man who sells luck and another who sells air, and a young boy who wants...

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