Leningrad Tales: The Raven’s Children 

Leningrad, 1938.  When Shura and Tanya’s parents and little brother suddenly disappear in the middle of the night, it’s rumoured that they have been taken by the mysterious Black Raven – and that their parents were spies. Tanya and Shura are determined to find their family – and so Shura decides to hand himself in to the Raven. He is taken to the Grey House, … Continue reading Leningrad Tales: The Raven’s Children 

Banthology: Stories from Unwanted Nations

This urgent and timely collection brings together seven specially commissioned stories from the so-called ‘banned nations’: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Written in response to Trump’s 2017 travel ban, it showcases new works by previously unplatformed writers, exploring the emotional and personal impact of all restrictions on movement – both existing restrictions and potential future bans. Covering a range of approaches – … Continue reading Banthology: Stories from Unwanted Nations

A Crime in Ramallah, Abbad Yahya

The Words without Borders July 2017 issue “Divided Countries” includes an excerpt I’ve translated of A Crime in Ramallah by Palestinian author Abbad Yahya. In this excerpt, Noor  – one of three narrators in the novel – remembers his adolescence in Palestine, marked by the second intifada. You can also listen to the extract on SoundCloud and read the original text in Arabic on the Words without Borders website. The … Continue reading A Crime in Ramallah, Abbad Yahya

Apple Cake and Baklava

Apple Cake and Baklava, by Kathrin Rohmann, is a novel for late primary kids and early secondary, dealing with asylum, how it feels to be a refugee, parallels between WWII and Syria, grandmas, recipes, a lost walnut that means the world and a budding friendship between Max and Leila. I love this book and can’t wait to see it in UK schools and libraries from … Continue reading Apple Cake and Baklava

Farewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship

*** BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week from 29 May! *** *** Sunday Times History book of the year 2017 *** “Farewell to the Horse is an engaging, brilliantly written and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped  as much by the needs of horses as humans. The intervention of horses was fundamental in countless historical events. … Continue reading Farewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship

Sacrifice – a German crime thriller

He must hunt her down. Kill her. Destroy her . . . In her very first case, criminal psychologist Lena Peters is confronted with a killer on a murderous vendetta. And though she is unaware, Lena will play a prominent role in his deadly mission. For now she is the hunter, but soon she will become the hunted. THE CHILLING FIRST NOVEL IN THE LENA PETERS … Continue reading Sacrifice – a German crime thriller

The Prehistory of the Turkic-Speaking Peoples

Slavic and Turkish languages have been studied separately for many years. This book offers scientific and theoretical hypotheses on the roots of the two cultures, which historically were in close contact with each other, as well as on the interrelated development of the Slavic and Turkic ethnic groups. This work also contains valuable information and perspectives on the development of grammatical rules shared by the … Continue reading The Prehistory of the Turkic-Speaking Peoples