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Review – Fireflies by Luis Sagasti

Our bookseller Julia expounds on what this genre-defying novel means to her and her anticipation of hearing Luis Sagasti discuss his work at Golden Hare…

Published in 2018 by independent Edinburgh-based publisher Charco Press, Fireflies is an astounding account of modern history that manages to weave together multiple strands of life stories and lessons to create an engrossing tapestry of the human experience.

Fireflies joins together the lived experiences of Stanley Kubrick and The Beatles, connects Wittgenstein and Antoine de Saint-Exupery to the greater picture that is our modern world, and manages to do it all within the confines of a short, beautiful novel.

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Charco Press & the Art of Translation

Translating fiction can be extraordinarily difficult. So how do you find a publisher that guarantees high quality translations with every book?

We’ve all had that experience of reading a book that was apparently wonderful in the original French which then turns out to be disjointed, stilted and sometimes plain weird in the translation!

Translating fiction from other languages while retaining the spirit of the original is one of the toughest challenges out there for a publishing company. Many try but few succeed as consistently as our featured publisher: Charco Press.

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A St Stephen Street Christmas with Rachel Hazell

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Thursday the 7th we were joined by the incomparable Rachel Hazell for an evening of Christmas craft! Everyone who came made the most beautiful paper stars and constellations and we were so happy to host Rachel again. Following on from this evening, Rachel wanted to tell us three reasons why it is so wonderful to shop on our home turf at Christmas. I’ll hand you over to her! Continue reading A St Stephen Street Christmas with Rachel Hazell