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Award-winning novelist Matt Rees talks about the real events in Gaza that he used as the basis for his second Palestinian crime novel A GRAVE IN GAZA (UK title: THE SALADIN MURDERS.) Over a decade reporting on Gaza, Rees accumulated stories that few other reporters noticed. In his novel, Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef faces the corruption of senior Palestinian security officials, the kidnapping of colleagues, and the smuggling of missiles under the Egyptian border into Gaza. Each of the characters is based on a real Palestinian Rees has known. Rees also reads from the opening chapter.

Direct download: A_Grave_in_Gaza_Podcast_-_Start.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EDT
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Award-winning novelist Matt Rees uses yoga and meditation to prepare himself for the mental and physical challenge of writing. He introduces this podcast by talking about the importance of yoga and how it helps to open a writer's creativity, and to prevent fatigue from sitting for long periods. He describes several stretching techniques you can do throughout your writing day. Then talks you through a 20 minute yoga practice sequence for you to follow along with the exercises. The postures should leave you feeling energized and creative -- ready to write!

Direct download: Yoga_for_Writers_Podcast_-_Start.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:33am EDT
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The first novel by award-winning crime writer Matt Rees was THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM (UK title: THE BETHLEHEM MURDERS). Set against the backdrop of the Palestinian intifada, Rees tells the story of schoolteacher Omar Yussef, who is forced to take on the violence of his hometown to save a former pupil. In this podcast, Rees lays out how he came to write the book and reads from the first chapter.

Direct download: Collaborator_podcast_-_Start.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20am EDT
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Award-winning novelist Matt Rees and experienced Mideast correspondent Matthew Kalman discuss and read from their ebook PSYCHOBIBI: Who is Israel's Prime Minister and Why Does He Want to Fail? Benjamin Netanyahu, the man often portrayed as an extremist, is really just locked in a deep psychological battle with the ghosts of his tough father and golden brother. The result: Bibi’s driven to succeed, so long as he can always get it wrong in the end. Confused? You won’t be. Not after you’ve met Psychobibi. Hard-hitting and irreverent, incisive and hardboiled, Rees and Kalman eviscerate the myth behind the man everyone loves to hate.

Direct download: Psychobibi_podcast_-_Start.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18am EDT
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Matt Rees, an award-winning crime writer and journalist, describes his new alternative news project DeltaFourth. He reads from THE MURDER OF YASSER ARAFAT, the first explosive ebook from DeltaFourth. The ebook reveals how Yasser Arafat was murdered by people in his inner circle. It's the prototype for DeltaFourth's forthcoming series of long-form journalistic ebooks -- stunning breaking news written in a hard-boiled novelistic style that responds to the excitement of the events it describes.

Direct download: Delta_Fourth_the_Special_Forces_of_Journalism_-_Start.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:02am EDT
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