Book Reviews Archive - Lucille Turner

Book Reviews

Here is a selection of books I have reviewed

You can find most of them on www.bookmunch.com 

FIFTY SOUNDS, by Polly Barton

FIFTY SOUNDS, by Polly Barton

This book is a love affair with the country of Japan, its people and its words. I’ll say words not language because Fifty Sounds, winner of the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Essay prize, contains a glossary of random Japanese words thrown together as pairs, with each word pair...

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A SHORT HISTORY OF FRANCE, by Jeremy Black

A SHORT HISTORY OF FRANCE, by Jeremy Black

In the summer of 1944, not long before France was liberated, German soldiers grown desperate in the face of allied opposition rounded up the entire population of the village. 642 civilians were murdered. The men were shot point blank. The women and children were...

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THE WEB OF MEANING, by Jeremy Lent

THE WEB OF MEANING, by Jeremy Lent

A number of books have been written recently with the aim of drawing attention to the apparent misconceptions that have directed Western civilisation since the first murmurings of agricultural and industrial revolution were heard in Britain and Europe over four...

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EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, by Ian Williams

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, by Ian Williams

In his new book chillingly titled Every Breath You Take, Ian Williams, who was Channel 4 News foreign correspondent for Asia from 1995 to 2006, graphically explains why we should be wary of the world’s most dangerous and fastest growing superpower. China’s reputation...

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UNDREAMED SHORES, by Frances Larson

UNDREAMED SHORES, by Frances Larson

Ethnocentrism, or cultural ignorance, means thinking one’s own culture is superior to another, or the right way to live. This has been a feature of colonialism ever since the days of the Raj and probably long before. When the first colonisers set foot on the shores of...

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WOMAN IN THE PLURAL, by Vitezslav Nezval

WOMAN IN THE PLURAL, by Vitezslav Nezval

The history of the Czech Republic is marked by the stains of the ‘Human Condition’, and the significance of both the history and the phrase have influenced Czech poet Vítezslav Nezval’s collection of poems, ‘Woman in the Plural’, first written during the inter-war...

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