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Arts

BOOKBUTER REVIEW

Knocking Out My Demons By Paul HugginsPublished by Verite CM, 2021, paperback, £ at Bookbuster, 39 Queens Road. Review by Tim Barton Paul is Hastings born and bred, and pretty close to me in age. His stories of misspent youth,…
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Arts

BOOK REVIEW

Mister Hastings By Nick Pelling The eighteenth century is an unloved sort of century. Certainly, British history in that era is hardly taught in school at all. Instead, students are faced with an endless diet of Tudors and a slightly…
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Arts

BOOKBUSTER REVIEW

Edible Plants By Geoff DannPublished by Anthropozoic Books, 2021 softback, £25 rrpAvailable from Bookbuster Books Review by Tim Barton Five years ago Hastings-based Geoff Dann authored Edible Mushrooms: A Forager’s Guide to the Wild Fungi of Britain, Ireland and Europe,…
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Arts

The Real Deal

By Nick Pelling  Many of us have no doubt dreamt of being an artist; breaking the digital chains that now ensnare us all. But reality, in the form of needing to eat and pay the inflating bills, tends to squash…
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Arts

BOOKBUSTER REVIEW

Everything, All the Time, Everywhere: How We became Postmodern By Stuart Jeffries Published by Verso, 2021 hardback, £20 rrp Review by Tim Barton Jeffries is not seeking to give a straightforward definition of ‘postmodernism’, nor does he dig into the…
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BOOKBUSTER REVIEW

COP26 Part 3 Who Owns The Wind? By David McDermott HughesPublished by Verso, 2021 Paperback, £ rrp Review Tim Barton Here we are post-COP26, hopefully angry at the usual greenwash and fig-leafing on display. It is not as if the…
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Literature

HIP CHILDREN’S READ

Carried Away with the CarnivalWritten and illustrated by Ed Boxall Published by Pearbox Press, 2021Paperback picture book, £ full colour pages, Ages 3-8 Hastings-based children’s writer and illustrator Ed Boxall’s latest book has just been published. Ed is also a…
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Arts

Blooming Opera

Seventeen-year-old music student Tom Bruges reviews Barefoot Opera’s community production of BloomBritannia, having taken part as one of the choirs brought in to amplify to performance.   As the final rendition of Ajde Jano (a traditional Serbian folk song) concluded…
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