Books



Fresh Voices: Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman

20th October 2020

The first in our newest series exploring up and coming literary talent. The protagonist of Sayaka Murata’s debut novel, Convenience Store Woman, lives an objectively mundane life. Having worked at the local 24-hour store for over a decade, 36-year-old Keiko Furukura has never had a relationship, or even another boss, and lives in a tiny ...


A book that changed my life: The Guilty Feminist

18th October 2020

Emily describes how Deborah Frances White’s book answers all the questions we were too afraid to ask. Dominant discourses often depict feminism as an angry movement filled with “angry”, “difficult”, and “nasty” women. In The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White, feminism is depicted as something joyful and kind that makes the world a better place. ...


No one wins with literary prizes

14th October 2020

Views Editor Emily Hay explores how literary prizes are outdated and damaging to the public’s conception of a book’s worth. It’s that time of year again: the shortlist for the Booker Prize has been announced, and the book world is in the full swing of speculation about just who’s going to bag that all-important £50,000 ...


Truth or an unfortunate coincidence? The books that predicted Covid-19

21st September 2020

Hannah Smith investigates whether these literary sensations really did predict the pandemic. “There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” In his 1947 work The Plague, Albert Camus perfectly explains the rather unsurprising reaction of people in such an event as a pandemic. ...


Disappointing sequels: sometimes more is less

4th September 2020

When the wait simply is not worth it. Every time the author of a beloved book reveals that the sequel everyone has been waiting for is in the works, expectations begin to swell. However, sequels often fail to live up to the reputation of the first novel. I don’t believe that this is necessarily due ...