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Review: Philippe Sands, EIBF 2017 Rating 90%

Review: Philippe Sands, EIBF 2017

Prior to last year, Philippe Sands was perhaps best known as the barrister who laid out a methodical take-down of the British government's legal case for war in Iraq.  In 2005's Lawless World, Sands displayed a extensive knowledge of international law and legal history, something he would call upon again for the 2016 Baillie Gifford prize-winner East West Street. It is this latest book, a legal history-cum-memoir, which has brought him true international renown, and which drew a sold-out audience to hear him speak at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Sophie Snell: I have to confess it’s been a fantastic summer

Sophie Snell’s had quite the summer with a Bath Novel Award and more recently the York Festival of Writing Friday Night Live Award with her story, The Pear Drum. With such accolades under her belt, Sophie spoke to The Fountain about York’s Festival of Writing, how setting is key to this novel and her transition from management consultant to novelist.

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Review: Philippe Sands, EIBF 2017 Rating 90%

Review: Philippe Sands, EIBF 2017

Prior to last year, Philippe Sands was perhaps best known as the barrister who laid out a methodical take-down of the British government's legal case for war in Iraq.  In 2005's Lawless World, Sands displayed a extensive knowledge of international law and legal history, something he would call upon again for the 2016 Baillie Gifford prize-winner East West Street. It is this latest book, a legal history-cum-memoir, which has brought him true international renown, and which drew a sold-out audience to hear him speak at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Review: Black Stone Cherry – Back To Blues Rating 62%

Review: Black Stone Cherry – Back To Blues

For someone who’s drifted away from rock and metal music over the last fifteen years there is something reassuring to find that all the bands you used to listen to are still going and sound exactly the same as they did before. Other genres change or evolve slightly but the last change in metal was nu-metal in the nineties and now no one wants to pretend it happened. Back To Blues sees Black Stone Cherry tackle famous blues songs in their own heavy style. A deep heavy blues rhythm guitar with a smothering of high squealing lead guitar make up the skeleton of all their tracks.

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Review: Angels in America Rating 95%

Review: Angels in America

Even experienced from 500 miles away in the local cosiness of the Glasgow Film Theatre, it’s as if an angel has burst through our ceiling and is addressing us with her holy message. Such is the visceral ferocity of the National Theatre’s production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning play, Angels In America. It’s wincingly relevant, bar the lack of smartphones and the internet; simply swap the name of the incumbent president and play a short round of spot the difference.

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