Office Politics

I’ve never worked in an office. I remember a teacher I used to work with swapping for a more ’normal’ job. She spoke of the euphoria she felt when she could go to the toilet, literally, whenever she wanted. Non-teachers don’t understand the true meaning of bladder control, that feeling when you look at your […]

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‘The Seas’ by Samantha Hunt

Haunting prose, well sculpted book. From the outset, this has a very distinct voice. The prose is flooded with (har har) metaphors for the sea and water, the style is quite childlike and innocent, and it is clear from the outset that the reader is seeing the world through a very distinct and warped lens. […]

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Does Margaret Atwood Get Depressed?

I really don’t know why Margaret Atwood never appeared on my reading radar for so many years. I only ended up reading The Handmaid’s Tale because I had to teach it for A Level. I’ve just finished reading Oryx and Crake. Another fantastic example of scorchingly observational science fiction in this stark tale of post-apocalyptic USA. […]

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Being A Man

We all like being in a club. It gives us a sense of belonging, camaraderie, having someone on your side. It also usually helps if you have an opponent you can set yourself up against. The one ‘club’ that is often presumed to be pre-ordained, is that of your gender role. I’m not sure it’s […]

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Review – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Yes I know I’ve read it before but well, after a visit to Kefalonia I couldn’t resist indulging again in this stonker of a novel. Despite what Hollywood might have you believe, the love story is actually only a fraction of this epic work, and it is rather more concerned with the fragility of humanity […]

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Review: Forgotten Country

One of the most voyeuristic delights of reading a novel is the ability to peer over someone else’s shoulder and muse over the intricacies of a culture unknown to you. Having never been to Korea, and encountered solid truths and personal experiences rarely in the press, I thoroughly appreciated the painful insight into their delicate […]

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Cold Comfort Farm: Review

My only regret upon finishing this book is that it’s taken me this long to get around to reading it. It has been some time since I have enjoyed the inane pleasure of drawing bemused glances on the morning commute from sniggering behind the covers of a book. Not only is it one of the […]

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