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The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

It’s becoming more obvious to lots of people nowadays that we need to read stories that don’t align with our own lifestyles. Whatever shape that takes, whether it’s LGBT+ fiction or reports of life in far-flung countries, people are finally starting to understand that as the world becomes more globalised, we need to be able to empathise with others in new ways.

That’s not always easy to do, because understanding another person’s experience is so difficult that for millennia philosophers have been debating whether it’s even possible. But what we can all do is try, and books like Nguyen’s The Refugees are a small way to do just that.  Continue reading “The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen”

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2017 Reflections: Books – Non-Fiction

Following on from yesterday’s best fiction post, here are the best non-fiction books I read this year. (Note that not all of these were published this year, that’s just when I read them.)

The following are abridged reviews; where there’s a longer version on the blog, I’ve linked to it.

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A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea by Melissa Fleming

This is not a novel. I had to keep reminding myself of that all the way through.

This is not a novel. This is real life. These things happened, and are still happening, and sadly will probably continue to happen for a while yet.

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