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Film News: “The Goldfinch” Trailer Released

There is a small, vocal, and very protective fandom in the literary world who were both wary and excited when they found out that Donna Tartt’s third novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Goldfinch, was being made into a film. The pint-sized writer penned the 800-page long story of art theft, grief and belonging in 2013, […]Read More

“It Will Be Done”: An Update On The Winds of

On Monday, we fans of the A Game of Thrones book series were treated to a rarity: George R. R. Martin wrote a blog post (http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2019/05/20/an-ending/) on the final, upcoming books, whilst waving goodbye to the popular television series.   He wrote: “Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is. THE WINDS […]Read More

The Irony of the English Lit Degree

Belated happy new year to you all! I hope you’ve got plenty of books ready to read in 2019 – I know I have. And I hope that at least some of these books are being read for pleasure – because mine are not. When I opted to do English literature at Glasgow Uni all […]Read More

Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a

I’ve always been an optimist. Glass half full? Absolutely. Do your best and that’s all that matters? Of course. There’s a bunch of books currently on the market that promote this sort of thing, from well-being and mindfulness to the benefits of practicing yoga with your dog or a glass of rosé. Not many boast […]Read More

Book Review: Acid Attack // Russell Findlay

Just before Christmas in 2015, a shocking attack took place in a suburban street somewhere in Glasgow. The journalist Russell Findlay was attacked by a hitman posing as a Royal Mail delivery man. The hitman, William ‘Basil’ Burns threw acid in the investigative reporter’s face and intended to stab him to death with a knife, […]Read More

Book By My Bedside: The Life and Opinions of Tristram

Title: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Author: Laurence Sterne What Do I Think Of It?: What do you get when you cross Jonathan Swift with Daniel Defoe and throw in a splash of Carrollesque surrealism? You get Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne, clergyman-turned-author. This is a riotous, 18th-century mock-autobiography of the fictional wag Tristram Shandy, who […]Read More

Book Review: A History of Britain in 21 Women //

BBC 4 Presenter Jenni Murray, who has run Women’s Hour since the late 1980s, has recently channelled her feminist persona within a new literary medium, A History of Britain in 21 Women. Thomas Carlyle once claimed “the history of the world is but the biography of great men”. Murray has put this theory to bed in […]Read More

Book Features: The Genius of Orwell’s Down and Out in

Down and Out in Paris and London is more than just a novel. It’s an analysis of poverty so profound and real that the reader is made to feel dirty, cold, and rejected by the ruthless society of the 1930s. It’s also terribly relevant in a world reeling from the realisation that globalism might not work for […]Read More

Book News: Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the 2017 Nobel Literature Prize

The winner of this year’s Nobel Literature Prize is the Japanese-born British author, Kazuo Ishiguro. Already a highly acclaimed author, Ishiguro was described by the Swedish Body as an author “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”. However, to many it seems […]Read More

Books By My Bedside: The Undercover Economist // Tim Harford

Title: The Undercover Economist Author: Tim Harford What I think so far: This is the second time Tim Harford has proved to me that non-fiction books can be hooking. Having read Freakonomics previously, which he wrote alongside Steven Levitt, my expectations were high, and were instantly met in the introduction; the fact that I actually […]Read More

Book By My Bedside: Nina is Not Ok // Shappi

Title: Nina is Not Ok Author: Shappi Khorsandi What I Think So Far: Nina is Not Ok is comedian Shappi Khorsandi’s first fiction novel. It follows the story of Nina, a seventeen-year old A Level student with an alcohol dependency. The book begins at the start of a rough year for Nina, having recently broken […]Read More

Is Poetry in Decline?

Poetry is an art form of the highest order, in my opinion. There is an insurmountable number of images, ideas, thoughts and dreams can be created, suggested, revealed or hidden through stanza, couplet and line. Poetry is up there, as an art form, with painting or sculpture in terms of how culturally important it has […]Read More