Book Review, The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

if we, who can scarcely be considered a white nation, persist in thinking of ourselves as one, we condemn ourselves, with the truly white nations, to sterility and decay, whereas if we could accept ourselves as we are,  we might bring new life to the Western achievements and transform them... James Baldwin's The Fire Next …

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Letters to a YOUNG NOVELIST I Mario Vargas LLosa

Note from the blurb ;- "he (the writer) lays bare the inner workings of fiction, all the while urging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create." One of the truest reasons for my huge attraction to fiction is my recognition of the existence of inspiration all around us. There are stories …

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Book Review – Lifted by the Great Nothing, Karim Dimechkie

'Then there was the checkout lady who had dry yellow hair that sat like a triangle of foam on her head and the kind of heavy glasses that seemed responsible for her nasal voice as she commented on the items she scanned with superlative enthusiasm: "these are just the best ever.....isn't this the most amazing....oh …

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Dear Ijeawele, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This small book is a simple write up where Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie advises a friend on how to raise her daughter to be feminist. In fifteen suggestions spanning marriage, identity and a subtle discussion on hair and sexual politics she basically prescribes a solution for parenting her friend's girl child urging herself and her friend …

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