Books



Review: Bad Moon

18th February 2021

A collection of poetry that whispers truths we are too scared to hear. What is the effect of distance? When do “they” or “them” become an “us”?  How are we connected? When does it all stop? These are the questions that Samantha Walton answers in her inquest of ecological destruction in Bad Moon.  In her ...


A book that changed my life: Everything I Know About Love

13th February 2021

Dorota reviews Dolly Alderton’s much-celebrated memoir about friendship. I thought pinpointing a single book in my entire existence that changed my life would be fairly difficult, but to be honest, there’s one book that’s lived in my head rent-free ever since I read it: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton.  Thanks to its ...


Review: Man’s Search for Meaning

2nd February 2021

Man’s Search for Meaning by psychiatrist Viktor Frankl tells of the horrors of the Holocaust and by doing so, reflects on the importance of maintaining a degree of hope in the face of adversity.  As Covid-19 deprived people of any control of their lives, many of us sought to regain at least some of it ...


Behind the controversy of Women Don’t Owe You Pretty

31st January 2021

The story behind the outrage sparked by Florence Given’s feminist memoir. The feminist “self-help” book that brought 22-year-old online influencer and activist Florence Given to fame mid-lockdown, unexpectedly became the centre of a horde of criticism by the end of 2020. Chidera Eggerue (The Slumflower) had previously endorsed Florence’s book with the quote “Florence is ...


Review: The Woman in the Window

26th January 2021

A psychological thriller that hits close to home When lockdown restrictions were brought down last spring, I found myself in a dilemma. I hadn’t read a proper book that wasn’t on my course list in over a year. I had become a lover of tech giants such as Twitter and Instagram, glued to my screen ...


MA in Creative Writing: are the fees worth it?

11th January 2021

Margaret explores the pros, the cons, and the alternatives to a Creative Writing post-grad. Say you enjoyed creative writing in school, so much so that you wished to become a writer. The thought “pick something sensible” leads you to English Literature, but after four years of studying it, you still feel that there’s more to ...


A book that changed my life: The Greeks

11th January 2021

Mahee Mustafa recounts what Ancient Greece can teach us about freedom. The most valuable thing one can glean from a work of literature is insight into one’s own psyche. Although command of language, deft characterisation, and excavation of universal themes are all important, a book is ultimately worth nothing if it does not reveal a ...


A book that changed my life: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

8th January 2021

How can one find in a book the strength to wade against the drag of anxiety and loneliness? An incessant creature of habit, throughout all six years of high school I had one ritual on the run up to the first day of school: re-reading my well-thumbed copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower ...


The titles that made my 2020

30th December 2020

In a Spotify-style Book Wrap, Jordan shares her favourite reads. It would only be right to start by mentioning the first book I read this year, as part of a “50 books for 2020” challenge that I once again failed miserably at. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson is, despite ...


Review: Dolly Alderton’s Ghosts

29th December 2020

Alderton’s debut novel is an instant hit to get stuck into as the days get shorter and the nights get darker. When I heard that Dolly Alderton was back on the bookshelves this October, I couldn’t help but get excited. A few years ago, I read her 2018 memoir Everything I Know About Love and ...