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Short Story Month: ‘The Last Shaman’

In 1952, after the Chinese Revolution the leaders of the Oroquen agreed to give up their superstitions and religious practices….
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Review of ‘The Dressing-Up Box’ by David Constantine

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Short Story Month: ‘Callow’

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Review of Nikolai Leskov stories

A new edition of the selected stories of Nikolai Leskov (1831-95)! Although less widely known than Tolstoy or Chekhov, he…
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Review of ‘Orange World’ by Karen Russell

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Short Story Month: ‘The Last Shaman’

In 1952, after the Chinese Revolution the leaders of the Oroquen agreed to give up their superstitions and religious practices….
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Review of ‘The Dressing-Up Box’ by David Constantine

David Constantine, The Dressing-Up Box, Comma Press, £14.99 In the third short story in this collection, Siding with the Weeds,…
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Short Story Month: ‘Callow’

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Review of Nikolai Leskov stories

A new edition of the selected stories of Nikolai Leskov (1831-95)! Although less widely known than Tolstoy or Chekhov, he…
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Review of ‘Orange World’ by Karen Russell

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Short Story Month: ‘The Last Shaman’

In 1952, after the Chinese Revolution the leaders of the Oroquen agreed to give up their superstitions and religious practices….
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Review of ‘The Dressing-Up Box’ by David Constantine

David Constantine, The Dressing-Up Box, Comma Press, £14.99 In the third short story in this collection, Siding with the Weeds,…
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Short Story Month: ‘Callow’

Keith’s mother had once told him it had taken four years of trying before he was born and then another…
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Review of Nikolai Leskov stories

A new edition of the selected stories of Nikolai Leskov (1831-95)! Although less widely known than Tolstoy or Chekhov, he…
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Review of ‘Orange World’ by Karen Russell

Loved these visionary stories! Read my full review here. Orange World, by Karen Russell
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What Manchester means to me

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For Art’s Sake

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Naughty Sophia

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From Court to Cloister

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Pen versus Sword: how the first Tudor king rewrote history

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Reading the Market

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Accession Video

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Thinking Big

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