Integrating Design into the Narrative: An Interview with Rian Hughes

Photo: Steve Cook Rian Hughes is an Eisner-nominated graphic designer, author, illustrator, comic artist and typographer. He has published two novels, XX and The Black Locomotive. He has also written graphic novels, the first of which was The Science Service. Rian has worked for British and American advertising, music and comic book industries, and has …

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The Black Locomotive: Rian Hughes

Published by Picador “It had been designated Anomaly 36. “The previous thirty-five anomalies had all been examined, evaluated, excavated and catalogued; then work had continued on the undocumented Crossrail tunnel extension under central London, the one that would never appear on any map.” The construction of a secret Crossrail tunnel linking Buckingham Palace to Westminster …

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The Middle—A Story of Love, Life & Laughter: Nayana Goradia

Published by Vitasta Publishing Nayana Goradia started her career writing short, catchy articles for newspapers. Her book is a collection of these articles—which appeared in a column called The Middle—in Indian newspapers such as The Statesman, The Times of India and The Hindustan Times. Her book also contains excerpts from Fly Me to the Moon, …

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The Favored Daughter—One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future: Fawzia Koofi with Nadene Ghouri

Published by Palgrave Macmillan “On the day I wrote the letter [that became chapter 1 in this book] I was warned not to travel because there had been a credible threat that the Taliban planned to kill me by planting an improvised explosive device (a roadside bomb) underneath my car. The Taliban dislike women holding …

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Small World: Martin Suter

Translated from German by Sandra HarperPublished by Vintage Konrad Lang is losing his memory to Alzheimer’s. As his recent memories fade, earlier ones come to the fore. This has Elvira Koch worried. There are secrets buried in Konrad’s mind which, if he unearths, could bring down her business empire. Konrad has lived with the Koch …

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The Joys of Train Travel: An Interview with Monisha Rajesh

Monisha Rajesh is a British journalist and travel writer. Her first book, Around India in 80 Trains, was selected by The Independent as one of the top ten books on India in 2012. Monisha’s second book, Around the World in 80 Trains, won the 2020 National Geographic Traveller Book of the Year and was shortlisted …

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Outlandish—Walking Europe’s Unlikely Landscapes: Nick Hunt

Published by John Murray Press “...the idea that wonder, mystery, awe, new worlds and undiscovered realms might lie a train ride away, rather than on a carbon-intensive flight to the far side of the globe, opened up possibilities for a different type of travel. What other unlikely landscapes might be lurking out there, ready to …

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Tomb of Sand: Geetanjali Shree

Translated from Hindi by Daisy RockwellPublished by Tilted Axis Press Tomb of Sand is the story of Ma, an 80-year-old woman who comes into her own after spending her life in roles dictated by society: as daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. When the book begins, Ma’s husband has died. So she takes to her bed, …

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This Tilting World: Colette Fellous

Translated from French by Sophie LewisPublished by Les Fugitives “[B]ut now it’s over, my novel is damaged, the world is damaged, I too am deeply wounded, something has happened here, something real, but everything can still begin, everything can begin again, I firmly believe it... “I must tell this before tomorrow, I must bear witness …

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Mother’s Beloved—Stories from Laos: Outhine Bounyavong

Translated from Lao by Bounheng Inversin, Roger Rumpf, Jacqui Chagnon, Thipason Phimviengkham and William GallowayPublished by University of Washington Press A poor cobbler finds a way to make his contribution to his country's war effort; a young man offers strangers lifts on his bicycle; and a young woman tries to return a silver belt she …

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