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Author: Descant Deb

75% #OutOf100 – Rivers Of London Audiobook, Read By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith!

If you’re partial to urban fantasy, have a weakness for police procedurals and LOVE London, this series is for you! I first discovered that Ben Aaronovitch, the son of a working class East End Jewish immigrant intellectual, had created the Peter Grant series a few years ago and have gleefully kept up with it ever since. It is part of a new wave of London-based detective fantasy, which reflects a city we actually recognise. I got hooked on audio-book performance through the intoxicating combination of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and James Marsters’ (Spike, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, 1997-2003). Marsters blew my...

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68% #OutOf100 – Father Comes Home From The Wars, at The Royal Court

In 2009, award-winning Jo Bonney directed award-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks first triptych from this proposed 9-play cycle – Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 8 & 9*, as part of a Public LAB production. Parks played the role of balladeer and guide through her multimedia epic tale about the psychology of slavery and freedom, the 1861-65 American Civil War and the burden of family in such circumstances. In 2009, Part I “The Union of My Confederate Parts” was the story of Penny, a slave, awaiting her husband’s return from the war, while resisting the temptation to flee...

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