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‘Odd Child Out’: A BookTrib Conversation with Gilly MacMillan

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The saying “art imitates life” rings true in particular for Gilly MacMillan’s detective thriller, Odd Child Out. Her latest novel has the heavy matter of dealing with immigration and refugees, two subjects that are heavily featured in politics and the news across the globe on a daily basis. Yet, MacMillan takes these controversial topics home, having them play out in the friendship between two boys. Students of one of Bristol’s elite private schools, Noah and Abdi are inseparable, best friends since day one. They share a love of the same things, despite their wildly different backgrounds: one is the son of a photographer, with a privileged upbringing, and the other is a refugee from Somalia, attending school on a scholarship. But then…

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Enter to Win an iPad Mini by Reviewing London Road: Link Stories by Tessa Smith McGovern

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London Road: Linked Stories by Tessa Smith McGovern is not your ordinary collection of short stories. The ebook feels like a short film, with detailed vignettes and rich snap-shots of life at number 17 London Road, a boarding house on the outskirts of London. The stories are written as a series of glimpses into the lives of several eccentric British women, each with their own distinctive voice and unique journey. Heartbreak, humor, pain, love, and friendship are seamlessly woven together to create this incredibly poignant and quirky collection. Interested in reading the stories? Click HERE to unlock a copy of the eBook and enter to win an iPad mini Sponsored by London Road: Linked Stories! Here are what some top Amazon…

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One down, five to go: Getting up close and personal with Monty Python

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It is easy to forget that the men who make up what began as Monty Python’s Flying Circus started out as writers.  John Cleese said as much when asked if “they ever made things up on stage.” “No, no,” responded Terry Jones immediately. “We aren’t improv actors. Everything is scripted.” “You see, we all started out as writers,” added Cleese. We were at an “add-on” Q&A session in a private room at the top of a bar in the O2, London’s rather amazing entertainment venue, following a performance of Monty Python Live (mostly). Originally meant as a meet-and-greet, the opening night enthusiasm had forced them to hire security and change it to strictly a Q&A session.  We lost the selfie…

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Tessa Hadley’s clever girl is just like us

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What happened to her? Where is she, we want to know.We wonder this as we read the latest from British novelist Tessa Hadley, whose Clever Girl (Harper, March) is narrated by Stella, who details the events of her life, from early childhood on. A first person narrator is of course not uncommon, but Hadley’s approach is a bit unusual as the narration occasionally shifts into the present tense, reminding us that somewhere Stella sits, an older woman looking back on her life and telling her story, from her girlhood in Bristol in the 1950s and 60s to the present. This literary device is part of what creates the tension in the book. The novel is somewhat episodic, true to real life…

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