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Book Review: Try Me, by Farah Damji

Book Review: Try Me, by Farah Damji

“When I was finally arrested in Hampshire, it wasn’t with sniffer dogs and screaming sirens. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon.” – Farah Damji, Try Me When a memoir begins with the author’s childhood abduction and ends with her prison sentence, it isn’t unreasonable to expect that the intervening pages be at least mildly diverting. […]

Book Review: Hard Time by Shaun Attwood

Book Review: Hard Time by Shaun Attwood

The shadow of Sheriff Joe Arpaio hangs heavy over this book. As head of the Maricopa County jail system in Arizona he has instituted programmes in which prisoners are fed ‘expired’ meat; are triple-bunked to house 800 in a facility originally meant for 360; and he boasts that it costs less to feed the inmates […]

Shaun Attwood & Farah Damji Back In Stoke Newington

Shaun Attwood & Farah Damji Back In Stoke Newington

If like me, you missed this bad boy and bad bad girl turned good, at the much acclaimed Stoke Newington Literary Festival in June, here is another chance to see both authors read from their latest offerings, at Stoke Newington Library Gallery. Farah reads from her raw and no holes barred autobiography, Try Me. Her  […]

Hive Book Review: London Triptych – Jonathan Kemp

Hive Book Review: London Triptych – Jonathan Kemp

Stuart Derrick reviews, Stoke Newington resident and Birkbeck College Lecturer,  Jonathan Kemp’s first novel. First time novelist Kemp’s book is an intriguing look at the homosexual experience through the prism of male prostitution over the past 100 years. Episodic in structure, it flits between the lives of three men living in London in different times. […]

Author Mike Marqusee – At Pages Of Hackney 9 June

Author Mike Marqusee – At Pages Of Hackney 9 June

Mike Marqusee talks about his book,  If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jewat. Mike Marqusee’s book presents an account of the life of E V Morand, his Jewish-Irish grandfather, in inter-war New York. The book recounts Morand’s radical journey through religion and politics, his struggles with anti-Semitism and the twists and […]

From US Drug Kingpin To Author: Shaun Attwood’s Road To Redemption

From US Drug Kingpin To Author: Shaun Attwood’s Road To Redemption

EXCLUSIVE – Author, Shaun Attwood will be at Stoke Newington Literary Festival The man from Cheshire US authorities say was bigger than mafia honcho and hitman, Sammy ‘the Bull’ Gravano I’ve been meaning to catch up with Shaun Attwood for a while.  Logistics,  commitments and a last minute miscommunication meant we had to make do […]