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Of Gods and Men is the austere, beautiful and sometimes hard-to-watch story of French monks in Algeria, threatened with death by the local fundamentalists, who make it clear what their fate will be if they stay. The question of whether to stay or go preoccupies the monks for much of the film.
In the first volume of his epic memoir cycle, My Struggle, Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard recounts the emotional vicissitudes of his adolescence and young adulthood with a sense of guilelessness and detail unprecedented in literature.
Shot in black and white, Spielberg’s cinematic rendering of Thomas Keneally’s novel Schindler’s Ark does a fine job of bringing the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler to life.
In the early days of the Internet, 253 (‘the story of seven cars and a crash,’ set on the London Underground) was conceived by Geoff Ryman as an online-only novel.
‘Broken nose. Loose teeth. Cracked ribs. Broken finger. Black eyes.
This is another of that very special kind of picture book which blurs the boundaries between what is for children and what can be appreciated by adults. The poet Michael Rosen wrote the book after the death of his son and Quentin Blake illustrates it sensitively.
A girl lose her brother during the jouney to meet their foster family, during his funeral she finds her first book. Her adoptive father teaches her to read and to become grateful in life besides the horrors of the war.
It's 1985, and in London a group of young gay men and women (well, one woman to begin with) led by the charismatic, Irish Mark Ashton, are raising money to help embattled miners, for no other reason than that they know what it's like to be picked on too.