The dirt on American Dirt

I wrote about American Dirt as one of the titles to look out for in 2020, and if the reserve list for this title (which has just been published and is not yet on our shelves) is anything to go by it would seem that the publicists were right. However many commentators are saying that this book may be one to look out for, but for all the wrong reasons.
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Queuing at Lancaster Park for Canterbury-Lions tickets: Picturing Canterbury

Kevin Cole, 16, Darryl Edwards, 16, and Lance Mitchell, 17, sitting outside Lancaster Park queuing to get the best tickets for the rugby match between Canterbury and the British Lions. 19 June 1971. The three teenagers arrived at Lancaster Park at 8:55am that morning to purchase their tickets. Around 53,000 people attended the match which…
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Patti Smith: Year of the Monkey

In Year of the Monkey, poet, writer, rock singer and artist Patti Smith writes beautiful prose with a dream-like quality; inspired by a stay at the Dream Inn. Year of the Monkey The National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, Smith, approaching the age of seventy, assesses her life and the decline of some…
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