“We Are Proud to Present…” at Bush Theatre

On the weekend I went to see a play with the longest title ever known to plays:

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 – 1915

we are proud to present - bush theatre

The title makes little sense before you see the play (excuse my ignorance, but I never heard of “Herero” and I thought it sounded like a misspell of “Hero”), but it would become very clear once it starts. The title literally tells you what the play is about: the story of the Herero tribe in Namibia, at the time when the Germans arrived and started occupying the land, between the year of 1884 – 1915, when Namibia was called Sudwestafrika (in German), and before the British started to take over and rename the area to Southwest Africa.

So colonization story, you think. Yes, colonization, racism, and all that. In a way, it’s “nothing new”. But the way the story is told is nothing short of genius.

The entire play is acted by six people: A Black Woman, A Black Man, Another Black Man, A White Woman, A White Man, and Another White Man. This is told to you from the beginning, in a presentation format: We are going to play These Characters. You’d know straight away, there would be stereotypes, something would go wrong with the stereotyping.

These six characters then discussed about how they should tell the story of the genocide of the Herero in Namibia, because it’s a very important story that is known very little. Unlike the holocaust that has evidence and documentation all over, the only written documents left about the Herero are some letters written by White Men that provide a little glimpse into what happened.

In documentary style, sort of, we followed these characters trying to do improv to depict what happened, so we were seeing a play of a play, if that makes sense, in the similar concept as A Chorus Line (musical). It also reminded me of the recent BAFTA winning documentary The Act of Killing. The play showed friction between the characters and problems “behind the scene” in recreating this period of history. It bravely touched sensitive subjects – racism being always a sensitive subject – and the result was a very vibrant, fresh, and energetic stage play, with accomplishments in stage techniques like sound effects, use of various media, including live use of video camera, and very efficient use of stage and props. The pace was amazing. The characters were bouncing off each other seemingly with ease.

I really enjoyed “We are Proud to Present …” – a very well produced play. It is currently playing at Bush Theatre until 12 April 2014. If you live in London or nearby, hope you get a chance to see it. I’ve been to Bush Theatre before for South Literary Festival (which I did not write about unfortunately, but it was a good event), and I always love the sitting room. It has tables and couches, with shelves of books around the walls, and drinks available to get just in the next room. I just had to have tea after the play and sunk into a couch — a perfect closure after a great play.

bush theatre

Thank you to the team for providing me press tickets to see this wonderful play.

Beat Girl and the Scene of Indie Cinema

Beat Girl poster

Last week I was invited to the private advanced screening of Beat Girl at W Hotel at Leicester Square just next to the M&M World (don’t know why I mentioned that, but I passed the hotel so many times before but never got in). After screening of the movie there was Q&A with the casts, writer, and producer — probably the first kind of press event that I went to. I’m no stranger to Indie cinemas though, as I love my indies as much as I love my blockbusters.

Beat Girl tells the story of Heather, a classical piano student in a mission to get to her dream school. Life is tough though. With the death of mother, Heather needs to move in with her estranged father and half-brother, both of whom aren’t emotionally supportive, and half-bro is especially not welcoming. After a shoplifting rescue of the brother, Heather meets Toby, the owner of a CD store who happens to be cute and a rather successful DJ. Short of money and hearing how much a good DJ could earn in one night (that’s £1000), she starts taking DJ lessons with him.

Here the two worlds start to clash. The late nights prove to be disruptive to morning classes. And classical piano student does DJ-ing? Outrageous! How dare she! How will Heather handle the tension and pressure between her day and night world? The question whether to follow what one loves against the expectation bestowed upon one is hanging throughout the movie.

 Beat Girl

Afterwards we had Q&A with Louise Dylan (Heather), Craig Daniel Adams (Toby), Melanie Martinez (writer), and Nuno Bernado (producer). First thing I noticed was that the girl and boy playing Heather and Toby are both so much more good looking in real life! — they almost looked completely different for some reason. Very odd. And Craig Daniel Adams talks in Scottish accent in real life which sounds so cute (what’s so irresistible about Scottish and Irish accent?), that is suppressed in the movie.

I threw question about the inception of the story, and it was soon obvious that the story is the brainchild of the producer Nuno Bernado based on his personal experience when he was young. Melanie Martinez the writer came over when the story was pretty much set, then she wrote it and probably fleshed it out more.

I always have great interest in the making of a movie — Indie or otherwise, probably more so for Indie. To be able to come up with a full length movie with small budget is such an achievement. Also working so close to the movie industry, I do have quite a few friends who try to and actually make small films. It is something quite close to my heart.

Beat Girl

There was some talk about comparison with Save the Last Dance (the movie which I absolutely loved back when I was in high school!), but Beat Girl is probably targeted for a younger audience. It is a gentle coming-of-age movie about following your heart.

Beat Girl also reminded me a bit of a Certain Indie Movie that also has music as its majority theme — Once. Once is Irish, made with even smaller budget (Once – €130K, Beat Girl – €500K), it has gone to win Oscar for Best Original Song and be critically and commercially successful. It’s just recently made into a musical that has taken Broadway and West End by storm.

Compared with the two older movies (both of which I loved very much), Beat Girl admittedly falls a bit short. For a music theme movie, I thought the soundtrack isn’t strong enough. And for an Indie movie, it is not edgy enough — it is all a bit too gentle and too safe.

Beat Girl

Another point of interest is the promotion of the movie. Beat Girl uses all kinds of social media channels, including Pinterest (Beat Girl Pinterest page) which they started even before the movie was out. I thought this one was particularly brilliant. You can use Pinterest to make some kind of story board, flesh out your story ideas, and gauge the audience, before going to make the real thing. There are also book written after the screenplay and game based on the movie. The last two I’m not so sure of. It seems like the energy could’ve been spread a bit too thin for something that wouldn’t work at all if not done properly. (I know, I am a reader and a gamer :)

We do need more Indie cinemas and people making more movies. All the gadgets available to everyone now are already better than the professional gadgets 10 years ago. Technically everybody can make movies and what with the Internet leveling the playing field. In the future we would be able to sell movie anywhere around the world via the Internet.

Lower barrier. More people. Wider market. Exciting time.

Beat Girl coming out in the UK on the 10th of May 2013 and 29th of May in the US.

Everything Else Happened – Play Based on the Stories by Jonathan Safran Foer

Just within 2 days of The Doctor’s Dilemma, I’ve got a chance to see another play at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith (preview was in London, but they will be playing in Edinburgh Fringe festival). Expecting it to be completely different with the former – as this looked like a much smaller production with shorter duration (1 hour), I went with an open mind, and was nicely surprised to find the play as delightful, in a very different way.

everything else happened

Everything Else Happened is a play based on the short stories of Jonathan Safran Foer – whose books I’ve been meaning to read forever since I fell in love head over heels with his wife Nicole Krauss’s book The History of Love. Claire has told me numerous times that I should try Foer if I loved Krauss, as they have rather similar style of writing.

The stories – Rhoda, Here We Aren’t So Quickly, A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease and If the Aging Magician Should Begin to Believe – first appeared individually in a variety of publications between 2001 and 2010 and have been collated by playwright David Kantounas and his co-director Adam Lenson. (I did not even know Foer has written short stories!)

The play was divided into 4 separate parts, each played by a different actor/actress, solo (starring Patti Love, Simon Scardifield, Harry Ditson, and Adam Lenson). The parts were not connected by narrative, but by theme – of loss, loneliness, and things left unsaid. First was a lonely old woman, seemingly living alone and talking to some people who were not really there. Second was a man having a conversation with the recorded voice of the wife who has left him. Both of them were talking to a machine, never to each other. Third was the aging magician, who has flashback of his former life, just before his death. The last part was the one that tied things together. A Jewish man with presentation slides, describing symbols and their meanings that dominate conversations in his family.

The stage was simple and intimate and we got a chance to sit at the front – absorbing everything in full strength! I loved the transition between the parts. All four characters moved the stuff on stage together, seemingly working together in a synchronized way, but staying in their own little world, like they didn’t see each other. Each stayed in their character.

I would love to read any of the original short stories based on what I saw as a play. There was a lot of hearts and it emitted a lingering sadness that stayed with you for a while. My companion for the night was probably taking it even harder than me, and was a bit shaken by it! (aaww..) Well it has left footprints for the both of us.

Best of luck to the crew and big thank you to A Dream Epic production for inviting me to experience this lovely play!

Who’s Jonathan Safran Foer?

Jonathan Safran Foer

Considered one of the world’s top contemporary novelists, Jonathan Safran Foer won the 2002 Guardian First Book Award for Everything is Illuminated, and his follow-up, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, became an international bestseller and an Oscar-nominated film directed by Stephen Daldry. He has written an opera libretto (Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence), contributed stories to the New Yorker and Paris Review, and his first non-fiction book, Eating Animals, was published in 2009 to widespread acclaim.


Everything Else Happened is playing at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh 2-27 August 2012.

You can check out the trailer here.

 

The Doctor’s Dilemma at London National Theatre

I’ve got a privilege to be invited to this fabulous play at National Theatre, Southbank, London. It is titled The Doctor’s Dilemma, first staged in 1906, written by Bernard Shaw.

The Doctor's Dilemma

In this play, our main character Sir Colenso is a doctor who has found experimental treatment of tubercolosis and his resources are restricted to ten selected patients. Come into the scene a beautiful young woman Jennifer Dubedat who begs him to help her husband, a brilliant artist who we (and the doctors) find later on to be a man with questionable morality. Added to the dilemma the fact that Sir Colenso is somewhat in love with Jennifer. There’s now a chance for him to play god and let the husband dies. Shall he, shall he not? The doctor’s dilemma!

The 2 hours and 40 minutes play was divided into just 5 long scenes. Lots of dialogues between the several doctors who each has his own opinion on how to run his medical service and profession. Then lots of dialogues between the doctors and the Dubedat man about morality. Clearly Bernard Shaw had lots of messages to say.

Doctor's Dilemma stage

The setting of the stage itself was wonderful. It could possibly be the best stage set I have ever seen so far for plays! It was large and detailed. The lighting was so amazing, such that you could see the sun rays coming into the windows, during daylight, sunset, and night time on stage, as if it was real. The actors and actresses were great and captivating, especially for the three main actors: Dr Colenso (Aden Gillett), Jennifer (Genevieve O’Reilly) and Louis Dubedat (Tom Burke). My companion of the night was totally smitten by Jennifer – beautiful, vulnerable, and strong at the same time.

So who’s this Bernard Shaw?

George Bernard Shaw 1936

Only after the play I learned that Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright (1856-1950), writing more than 60 plays, most addressing social issues, like education, marriage, religion, health care, government, and class privilege (several are quite prominent in The Doctor’s Dilemma!).

He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaptation of his play of the same name), respectively. Pygmalion is later adapted to the musical My Fair Lady, which later is adapted to the film of the same name, starring Audrey Hepburn! (which received multiple Oscars)

Not only did I get to see the fabulous play, I also got to learn about Bernard Shaw – who I did not know before, admittedly. Thank you the crew and PR for inviting me!

The Doctor’s Dilemma is playing at National Theatre 17 July – 12 September 2012.

 

The Booker, Faber Night, and Michael Frayn

As the 2012 Man Booker Prize longlist was announced a couple of days ago, I was mostly surprised to see Skios by Michael Frayn! Not because I have opinions about the book (since I haven’t read it), but I have actually got a chance to talk to the man himself a few months ago!

This brought me back to the invitation for Fiction night at Faber and Faber in Bloomsbury in April (yes, long overdue). The first of its kind for Faber from what I gathered. I arrived into the room full of people talking, with drinks and fingerfood, glass display on the sides of the first few very successful books published by Faber in the old days – from which I remember most is William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. I also met Jackie and Kim there.

We then got ushered into the next room where the readings would be. The speakers were Michael Frayn, Sarah Hall, Edna O’Brien, Chibundu Onuzu, Alex Preston, and Robert Williams. Each of them got to read snippet from their new book. I hadn’t heard of the others to be honest, apart from Sarah Hall. I heard good things about her Booker nominated How to Paint a Dead Man so it was pretty cool to see her in person.

sarah hall
Sarah Hall reading from her new book

We got free books to bring home (as you do :). They’re hardbacks of The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa (that Nobel prize dude), Skios by Michael Frayn, and Jubilee Lines by Carol Ann Duffy.

faber books
Faber books

I didn’t spend much time there after the readings, feeling tired and a bit out of place (most people seem to be from the publisher houses), so I headed off. And guess who I met downstairs as I left the building?

Michael Frayn!

I wasn’t sure if Skios was my kind of book, but it has a very lovely cover of Greek island that I wish to go to someday. And his reading was pretty good and funny. I haven’t got lots of chances to talk with book authors directly too, so I promptly asked him to sign the book I just got from Faber. What a great coincidence!

We both were heading to Holborn station and taking Piccadilly line, so we got to talk a bit more. I asked for his favorite books. He mentioned David Copperfield by Dickens, a British historical fiction book series (which I can’t recall right now! Why didn’t I write things down?!), and  a French author – whose name I didn’t know, and I could literally see that I lost a few points in his mind by not recognizing this author. To be fair, I probably do, just did not get the pronunciation right! I find French words are terribly hard to pronounce!

He asked me what I do (in other words, why I was there) and I said I’m a blogger. (Still find it really weird to tell people that I’m a blogger…) He was intrigued and asked me what kind of books I review and so on. (Then I felt a bit bad that I hadn’t read or reviewed many contemporary books recently…) He flipped through the evening newspaper saying that he’s looking for a play that he wrote that was supposed to come out that day (but couldn’t find it). Only later I found out that he has actually written tons of stuff! From fiction to non fiction to plays and translations and tv stuff. Wow, I’m impressed!

The evening ended as he got off the tube, telling me “good luck with the blog!”

A nice man. Happy to see his book longlisted for the Booker prize. And for me there’s a little personal connection there that makes the announcement a bit more special :)


I have just got back from super busy 30 days of traveling around Europe and in Britain with my mom and two aunties, plus 3 more days with a friend to South France. Invited to two plays to review once I got back, staying back late at a friend’s house for Olympic opening ceremony. Got sick, continue working, and stay a bit sick until now due to tiredness. So many things to do yikes! But expect a few more posts from me in the next week or so! (two on the plays in London)

Writing Britain Tour at the British Library (and 2 Free Tix!)

Last week I was invited to join a private tour of Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands and needless to say I was very excited about it! (Should I change my resume from book blogger to literary event blogger?)

The whole tour took about an hour and it was exclusive for 8 people, who were a mix of bloggers and non-bloggers (I wasn’t quite sure who the non-bloggers were). Once again I met Kim from Reading Matters (the first time was at Faber Faber night, which I have yet to write about). And for the first time I felt like I have the need for name cards! A few people were exchanging name cards and I wished I had some to pass as well :(. Well, that shall be on my todo list.

So what is Writing Britain about?

Writing Britain is the newest exhibition by the British Library. In conjunction with the Olympics, they were thinking to have something that showcases the breadth of British writing. So the curators (all 4 of them) came up with theme, separated it into sections, decided who gets in and who doesn’t, combed the basement for goodies, and voila! The result is exhibition that is organized into six themes with lots of original manuscripts (some owned by the Library, some borrowed) and old editions of books. The books that are chosen have strong sense of place in Great Britain.

Memorable Pieces

Memorable pieces for me include:

the manuscript of The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (link to my review)
Apparently during or at the beginning of writing Ishiguro was toying with the idea of writing about someone in Japan, but ended up with a Butler in England (which is written on top of his manuscript as the working title). Unfortunately I could not get a picture of this from the Library (we were not allowed to take picture inside, but could request for them).

the manuscript of Harry Potter.
The part that is shown is the one that describes Harry’s first encounter with platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross station – which happens to be just next door of the British Library! It’s astonishing that it looks so ordinary. Imagine J.K. Rowling writing this at a cafe somewhere in Edinburgh, not knowing that in a few years time this piece of paper would make her one of the richest person in Britain. It boggles the mind.

British Library has borrowed the manuscript from Rowling in year 2000 and at the time Harry Potter wasn’t quite as big as it is now, so she just mailed the papers! This time she had a courier :)

Harry Potter manuscript
Harry Potter manuscript (click to enlarge)

The first time I arrived in London, I specifically looked for platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross. There were maps showing “Platform 9 3/4 HERE” but they did not mention Harry Potter at all, so I thought that was a nice slightly cryptic touch so that it could only be understood by people who knew what the platform is about. But recently I passed by again, and the maps have included references to Harry Potter, so it’s not so cool anymore.

Anyway, for those of you who wonder what platform 9 3/4 actually looks like, it is a slab of wall with half a trolley stuck to it. The wall has been moved around (so it’s not actually located between platform 9 and 10, which was where I went to the first time I looked for it and saw the maps), because of extensive renovation of King’s Cross station.

Platform 9 3/4
Mee at Platform 9 3/4

the manuscript of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (link to my enthusiastic review)
I was very excited to see the original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! My heart was totally jumping a bit. To think that Lewis Carroll wrote this with his own bare hands! And there’s illustration too! How wonderful! Do you know that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was previously titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground?

Alice's Adventures Under Ground
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

You can check out more images here.

More memorable pieces include J. R. R. Tolkien‘s original artwork of The Hobbit, manuscript of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (that I talked about recently, albeit in not as enthusiastic post. Apparently Daphne was once sued for plagiarism of Rebecca and the early draft in that notebook helped to prove that she had progressive work and no she did not copy it from someone else’s work.), manuscript of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (the book that I’m in the middle of and takes me forever to finish), manuscript of Persuasion by Jane Austen, notebook of Emily Bronte (that is written in tiny tiny writings – apparently the Brontes used to write in this tiny writing as some sort of a secret code between the sisters), the old edition of  A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh (link to my review), manuscript of a work by Charles Dickens that got saved from a crashed train that he was in (accident that made Dickens a hero), a photograph of Arthur Conan Doyle, and watercolour proof of Tamara Drew – the satirical reworking of Thomas Hardy‘s Far From the Madding Crowd, shown side by side (I didn’t know Tamara Drew was based on Hardy’s novel! I liked Tamara Drew the movie, have not read the comic.)

Those are just the ones on top of my head. Really cool collection all in all.

What is set in where?

The exhibition guide has more information on the setting of some highlighted books. Did you know that:

– 100 Acre Wood in Winnie the Pooh is based on a real forest in Britain: Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. I sort of knew maybe, but wasn’t sure.
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is set in Soho! That’s where I work! I pass Soho every single day and totally fell in love head over heels for it! I really need to read the book now!
Wuthering Heights is set in Haworth, West Yorkshire
Dracula is set in Whitby, North Yorkshire (so this Yorkshire place seems like a dreary place. Wuthering Heights and Dracula mmm)
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is set in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall (and the actual inn is still there!)
Persuasion by Jane Austen is set in Lyme Regis, Dorset (Last year I visited Southampton – an area near Dorset and found a couple of Jane Austen plaques. I shall write about it sometime.)
Watership Down is set in, guess where, Watership Down, Hampshire
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene is set in Brighton, East Sussex (I knew about this one)
Ulysses by James Joyce is set in Sandymount Strand, Dublin
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi is set in Bromley, London (I read Intimacy a while back but didn’t think much about it so I haven’t read his other books)
The Canterbury Tales is set in Southwark, London
White Teeth by Zadie Smith is set in Willesden, London

If there’s one thing that I was a bit disappointed to be missing is Kensington Garden for Peter Pan! I read Pan a couple of months ago and totally loved it! I’ve been thinking to write about it, but not without a picture of Peter Pan statue in Kensington Garden that shall be taken by yours truly. It is coming I assure you.

The Details

So if you’re thinking to go:

Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands is at the British Library from now until 25 September 2012.

For a limited time-period visitors can get a curator-led tour of Writing Britain for the normal ticket price of £9

The curator-led tours will take place as follows
Tuesdays between 6.30 and 7.15
Thursdays between 3.30 and 4.15.

They start on 7 June and end on 5 July.

The special tour tickets can be booked online http://bit.ly/KpF0Mh or at the box office.

You can win two tickets to the exhibition!

Either comment or email me at mee@meexia.com telling me why you are excited to go! Which exhibition piques your interest the most?

The tour with the curators have given me insights to what I would’ve missed by myself so it was definitely worth to do! Remember, the tours only go on for limited time (up to 5 July) so you need to hurry up if you want one. Otherwise you can check it out on your own as well :).

I’ll open the competition for a week then send the tickets to the winner, so let me know if you’re keen!


Big thank you to the people at the British Library to invite me to be a part of this amazing exhibition.

The TV Book Club 2012

A couple of months ago I was invited to be audience for the last episode of the TV Book Club (yes that’s how much my post is lagging these days). I have been audience of the Australian First Tuesday Book Club, so it was a nice opportunity to do the same for the UK counterparts. And unavoidably, make some comparisons.

A few points that came to me straight away:

The UK TV Book Club felt a lot more promotional than book-club-y. The authors of the selected books talked about their books (shot separately at different time, not at the studio) and I imagine it’d be pretty awkward to say truthfully that you don’t like the book during the discussion. I’m always ambivalent about the idea of discussing a book in close proximity to the author. It just doesn’t work to me.

The Australian First Tuesday Book Club discusses 2 books for each episode, a contemporary novel and a classic novel. Back to it being promotional, the UK TV Book Club just picks one contemporary novel for each episode and you can see these books being promoted anywhere at bookshops around the country. Not the case with the Australian show. In fact, one of my favorite things about the First Tuesday Book Club is the classic segments. They’re wonderful. The classics are usually picked by the guests (either authors or prominent figures) who seem to be very passionate about their selections. They talk about why they loved the books and how the books influence their writing. For example Sarah Waters chose Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as her favorite classic

In the UK TV Book Club, the discussion of the book itself went very quickly, definitely shorter than the Australian book club. More time spent on talking with the guest, like their recently published book. (Then during the book discussion, he looked a bit bored and did not contribute much. I haven’t seen the other episodes though – so maybe it was just him.) In First Tuesday Book Club, the discussions can get quite heaty and exciting. The group is always divided into the love camp and the hate camp which can lead to interesting and funny, yet intelligent, debates. After years of watching, the only book that I remember rendered everybody into the love camp was To Kill A Mockingbird. Everyone was smiling and nodding (which was kinda boring for a book club I guess – good for the book, but slightly bad for the show).

There’s no real audience for the UK TV Book Club, unlike the Australian First Tuesday Book Club in which there are shots of the full audience, clapping included (check out my coverage of the Australian shooting here). When I went to the TV Book Club, there were about 15-20 of us in the audience seat, trying to be as quiet as a mouse. For the Australian show you can register to be an audience and they seem to need audience to make the studio looking full. You can only be invited to the UK show.

The best thing about the UK show though was the free books :D

tv book club books
the free books weee

I brought home You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik (the book discussed that night), The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson, Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson (which was promptly borrowed by a friend who enjoyed it very much), Girl Reading by Katie Ward, and Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes.

There were also finger food and drinks before and after the show, which were quite delicious. I had conversation with Sakura and Jackie and we got to roam around the studio a little bit. I used my iPhone to take pictures, which reminds me that I need to be more prepared next time and bring a better camera when I plan to write about an event.

the tv book club
three bloggers at the TV Book Club studio: me, Sakura, Jackie (left to right)

 

the TV Book Club studio
the TV Book Club studio

None of us didn’t think to take picture during the shooting (or maybe we were thinking to, but forgot to ask if we could), and I wish I had done so ugh!

Thank you for the MEC folks to invite me! I really enjoyed the experience!

ps: Cision notified me last week that Bookie Mee is one of the Top 10 UK Literature Blogs, again! Even no 2 this time, right after Book Depository blog! I don’t know how it worked, but it felt nice :)

 

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