Books / 15/12/2020 How much does the author matter?

(Content Warning: mentions of transphobia, anti-Semitism, and racism) Unless you have somehow managed to stay offline for the past three years, you have probably heard at least some of the controversy surrounding Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Since first being accused of transphobia in 2018 for liking a tweet that described trans women as “men...

Books / 15/12/2020 How 2020 affected my reading habits

Back in January, in an attempt to read more, I set myself the challenge of reading 30 books in one calendar year. This works out as roughly 1 book every 12 days. I am happy to say (thanks largely to two national lockdowns) at the time of writing I am on book 27 of my...

Books / 15/12/2020 “Knowledge is the gift that will keep on giving”: why books make good gifts

Receiving a book for Christmas verges on one of two paths: euphoria or dread. In our digitised world, one might say books have become redundant as gifts. In the rise of streaming service entertainment, unwinding in the evening has largely become a case of scrolling through social media. ‘But I don’t like reading!’ I hear...

Books / 15/12/2020 Most important read of the year: Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Unless you have been living under a rock this year, (which, with the way 2020 has gone, I really wouldn’t blame you for) you might have seen the book Women Don’t Owe You Pretty floating around the internet, hailed as the ‘bible’ for modern feminism. Feminism is never an easy topic. It’s always met with...

Books / 15/12/2020 Most important read of the year: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

(Content Warning: discussion of depression and suicide) The most important book I’ve read this year was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The story follows 35-year-old Nora, who makes the decision to take her own life. At the stroke of midnight, however, she finds herself in a place called The Midnight Library, stuck between life...

Books, Venue / 24/11/2020 Bookshop.org offers indie bookstores chance to sell online

A new online bookshop has launched in the UK , which provides a more socially conscious alternative to large companies like Amazon. Bookshop.org was launched on 2 November following its great success in the US.  Andy Hunter developed the site as he wanted to help increase sales for local and independent bookshops. So far, more...

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How much does the author matter?

(Content Warning: mentions of transphobia, anti-Semitism, and racism) Unless you have somehow managed to stay offline for the past three years, you have probably heard at least some of the controversy surrounding Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Since first being accused of transphobia in 2018 for liking a tweet that described trans women as “men…

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A self-publishing story

I hate to start this article off with something that sounds a bit cliché, but here goes: ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been writing stories. It’s true though. I remember reading out a short story where the chapters were a few sentences long to my Year 2 classmates. As I’ve got older,…


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