Books / 19/01/2021 Books that make you Happy: The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

With everything going on in the world right now, we could all do with some cheering up. Well, look no further than ‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ to raise your spirits. I needed something uplifting to read over the Christmas break, and decided to give this a go as I had seen such...

Books / 19/01/2021 Books that make you Happy: All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

‘All My Friends Are Superheroes’ is the only book I have re-read every year since I stumbled across it back in 2015. Sitting at around 120 pages, it is the perfect book to settle down with a cup of tea and finish front to back by the time your brew is done. It tells the...

Books / 19/01/2021 Anticipated Reads of 2021

Millions of books get published every year, so it can be overwhelming to try and sift through new releases and get your hands on the best up-and-coming novels. From Kazuo Ishiguro to Angie Thomas, Cassandra Clare to Jon McGregor, a whole host of beloved authors are releasing new works in 2021, and while I could...

Books / 19/01/2021 What to do about books you can’t get into

You’ve just started a new book, but it isn’t exactly what you hoped it would be. In fact, you can’t get into it at all. What do you do?  The two options are usually: 1) Hope it gets better, and keep pushing through. 2) Ditch it and move on to something you’ll enjoy more.  Now,...

Books / 19/01/2021 The problem with literature reading lists

In any ‘100 Books To Read Before You Die’ list, you’re bound to find a couple of Brontës, an Orwell work and probably an Austen thrown in there too. It’s hard to look at these lists and find something new that you haven’t heard about in school before. These kinds of classics represent times in...

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...


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Reading about a leader’s life

I’ve read Steve Jobs: The biography by Walter Isaacson, about the late CEO of technology company Apple. I chose it because I have purchased Apple gadgets since I was 14 and I’m interested in technology generally.  I learned that the company was started in his garage, which inspired me because it shows that anyone can…

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Banned Books

There are plenty of books that children shouldn’t read. In fact, there are an abundance that adults probably shouldn’t read – but does that mean we should ban them? At its core, the practice of banning books is a form of censorship – whether from a political, legal, religious, moral, or even a commercial standpoint….

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The politics of dystopia: 1984

The world of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 is terrifying; it’s a world where people have fallen victim to an omnipresent government and constant surveillance, ensuring people are devoid of liberty and individuality. They have no choice but to conform to the will of Big Brother, a phrase that is now synonymous with totalitarian authority….

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The racist history of monsters in fantasy novels

Earlier this year Wizards of the Coast Publishing, the company in control of Dungeons and Dragons media, announced the plans to begin editing character races in their Player’s Handbook and adventure novels. Game design aside, from a literary aspect the company addressed long-held racial insensitivities in the lore and backgrounds of races such as Orcs…


UEA Live: celebrating Caribbean women in literature

This week, UEA Live was joined by three prolific Caribbean writers. This event celebrated UEA’s strong ties with Bocas, a writing and literary arts development organisation based in Trinidad & Tobago, and of Caribbean women writers’ contributions to literature. Chaired by Alison Donnell, professor of Modern Literatures at UEA, the online panel introduced Guyanese-born Canadian…

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