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Claire Hayes
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Book Review: Reconciliation for the Dead by Paul E. Hardisty
Strap yourself in for a white-knuckle ride because Claymore Straker is back, in the third of Paul E. Hardisty's thrillers to feature the justice-seeking action hero. The Abrupt Physics of Dying   saw   Clay tackle environmental disaster and corporate corrup...

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Book Review: Strange Heart Beating by Eli Goldstone
Eli Goldstone's Strange Heart   Beating has one of those singular covers that never fails to draw comment, even though reactions in my small sample veered between captivated and unconvinced. Maybe its contents will prove equally divisive, but I for one ador...

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Opera Review: WNO's La bohème at Bristol Hippodrome
This review was written for The Reviews Hub Welsh National Opera (WNO)’s evocative 2012 production of Puccini’s La bohème returns to the stage for a well-deserved revival, as part of the company’s Love’s Poisoned Chalice season. Here, Annabel Arden’s origin...

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Theatre Review: What The Butler Saw at Theatre Royal, Bath
This review was first written for The Reviews Hub 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s death, and this brand-new version of What the Butler Saw , a joint production between Theatre Royal Bath and Leicester Curve, commemorates his final full-length...

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Book Review: Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl
Kjell Ola Dahl is known as one of the founding fathers of Nordic Noir but, unlike the widely translated thrillers of Jo Nesbø or Henning Mankell, opportunities to read his crime fiction in English have been limited. Now Faithless , a new translation by Don ...

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Book Review: Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl
Kjell Ola Dahl is known as one of the founding fathers of Nordic Noir but, unlike the widely translated Jo Nesb ø  or Henning Mankell, opportunities to read his crime fiction in English have been fairly limited. Now  Faithless,  a new translation by Don Bar...

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Theatre Review: Escaped Alone at Bristol Old Vic
This review was first written for The Reviews Hub It’s all too easy to dismiss four women of 70 years or more, sitting in a garden on a summer’s afternoon. At this time of life, women are often condemned to a cloak of creeping invisibility – good for a litt...

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Book Review: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
In Six Stories , Matt Wesolowski tears apart the traditional narrative thread of murder mystery and challenges the reader to pull it back together, piece by piece. The unexplained death of a teenager in remote woodlands twenty years ago is the subject of in...

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The Road to Huntsville - Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
This review was first written for The Reviews Hub Men who kill and the women who love them, despite – or because of – their spending 15 years or more on death row. State-sanctioned homicide by lethal injection in the heart of small town Texas. It’s a huge s...

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Book Review: Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
With her hotly anticipated second novel  Greatest Hits,  due for release in June 2017, Laura Barnett has created another innovative structure for her fiction. In her debut, Sunday Times bestseller  The Versions of Us, she   wove together three separate vers...
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