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Sex, Drugs, Rock n Noir

Two posts in one week? Blog posts are like buses: they’re big and red and have wheels and seats and some of them bend in the middle. Or something.   Roz Morris, host of the Undercover Soundtrack blog, very kindly

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Nicholas Hogg, Tokyo: A Review

Cargo Publishing are having a great year, bringing out Collete Victor’s What to do With Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein, Andrew Raymond Drennan’s The Limits of the World and now Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo. Here‘s my review of the latter in the Japan Times.

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New Books by Wonderful Writers

I’ve had a week off work and, writing half a short story aside, have been letting my mind unwind from the exertions of finishing the last novel. Mainly I’ve spent my time lying in the park reading. Near our apartment

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Rita Taketsuru née Cowan

A new soap opera has just started in Japan called Massan and is (loosely) based on the life of Rita Cowan from Kirkintilloch, Scotland. In 1920 she married a Japanese student Masataka Taketsuru and the couple moved to Japan. Together

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