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Man Booker Prize Longlist part 2

Here is the second part of the Man Booker Prize 2018 LongList

 

Rachel Kushner: The Mars room

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive. These are the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision.

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Summer Reading Challenge 2018

As This Years Summer Reading Challenge Draws to A Close Here Are Some Of The Fantastic Book Reviews

 

 

 

 

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Landscapes: Les Williams VPSGFA

Landscapes: Les Williams VPSGFA

 

An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Les Williams, inspired by the ever-changing landscape of London.

Barbican Library

8th September – 27th October

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Man Booker Prize Longlist 2018 Part 1

Here is the first part of  The Man Booker Prize longlist 2018

 

Snap by Belinda Bauer

On a stifling summer’s day, 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long. But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever. Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you. Meanwhile Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. But the truth can be a dangerous thing.

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Artizan Street Library Reading Group Top Five Reads

 

Artizan Street Library  Reading Group Top Five Reads

 

Emile Zola  Ladies paradise

 

‘The Ladies’ Paradise’ recounts the spectacular development of the modern department store in late 19th-century Paris. The store is a symbol of capitalism, of the modern city, & of the bourgeois family; it is emblematic of consumer culture & the changes in sexual attitudes & class relations taking place at the end of the century.

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Jazz the fire that can never be put out

Jazz that’s so cool it burns

Jazz, It’s only a small word but it’s one with huge influence in the world of music. Recently, according to the BBC there has been a 108% rise in people under 30 discovering and listening to the beauty and diversity of Jazz. It’s musical tentacles have spread far and wide into other music genres. You can find links back to Jazz in Soul, RnB and blues . In the UK alone we have seen the rise of fantastic young Jazz musicians. Artists such as….

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Artizan Street Library Reading Group Review The Muse

 

Artizan Library  Reading Group Discuss

The Muse

by

Jessie Burton

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, ready for her luck to change. She has been employed as a typist by the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who unlocks a potential Odelle didn’t realize she had. When a lost masterpiece arrives at the gallery, Quick seems to know more than she is prepared to reveal and Odelle is determined to unravel the truth. The painting’s secret history lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise comes two strangers, who overturn the Schloss family with explosive and devastating consequences…..

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Artizan Street Library’s book of the week: Tales of Twilight and the unseen by Arthur Conan Doyle

Artizan Library book of the week

 

Tales of Twilight and the unseen

By

Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

These stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are concerned with ghosts, obscure scientific experiments and other unexplained phenomena and exemplify his skills as a short story writer.

Artizan Street Library’s CD of the month: “Jazz on the corner”

Artizan Street Library’s CD of the month

Jazz on the corner

 Imagine one day, over two years ago, Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller asked Martin Freeman  to do a Jazz radio show. Seems innocuous enough….

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