Books



Why you should use The StoryGraph (instead of Goodreads)

17th November 2021

Olivia Winchester tests The StoryGraph as an alternative method to keep track of your reading for the next academic year. With its 90 million users, Goodreads has long been the place for book lovers to catalogue their reading, find recommendations, and become a part of a literature community. Goodreads was originally started by Otis and ...


Books for beginners

17th November 2021

Zein Al-Maha Oweis gives three books to get beginners started on their reading journey. Reading has always been one of my favourite hobbies. I am forever known for having my nose stuck in a book. While reading is second nature to me, some may find it difficult to find an author or book to get ...


Coffee table books you’ll actually want to read

17th November 2021

Yulia Ovcharova suggests book-lovers’ alternatives to the Dior, Prada and Chanel books lining influencers’ shelves. The greatest Roman orator, Marcus Tillius Cicero, is usually credited for the quote: “A room without books is like a body without a soul”. Whilst many people will probably find books as vital as Cicero’s alleged quote implies, some take ...


How to shop for books

17th November 2021

Culture Columnist Divya Venkattu gives advice on how to get the most out of your book-buying experience. In 2020, the year that the Covid-19 transformed life as we know it, one of the things I missed the most was the feeling of entering a bookshop. Rain or shine, the bookstore has always felt inviting and ...


BookTok Review: Red, White & Royal Blue

17th November 2021

In the latest addition to our series investigating whether TikTok can recommend good books, Kerry McGahan debates the merits of Red, White & Royal Blue. Casey McQuiston’s 2019 novel, Red, White & Royal Blue, is a piece of writing which seems to linger in the uncomfortable and difficult to define space that exists between young ...


Therapeutic reading: reading, grieving, and healing

3rd October 2021

Monica Brotherton describes how reading novels throughout her life has helped her come to terms with silenced grief. My dad died when I was six years old. Even saying that sentence is still a little bit difficult, and I don’t think it will ever roll off the tongue. There’s an awful lot of uncomfortable emotions ...


Transparency required around essential texts

22nd September 2021

Views Editor Ciara McAlinden believes that lectures owe it to students to signpost affordable access to required reading “Now,” says the course convenor in an authoritative tone, “it is essential that you buy these six books, and you must take note of the exact edition that you’re required to buy.” Naive 18-year-old Ciara, with no ...


Behind the novelisation of Star Wars: A New Hope

15th May 2021

Everything you didn’t know about this historic book adaptation. Before the invention of home video, films were often novelised to provide fans with more readily accessible content than cinematic release and possible television airings. That isn’t to say that home video (and then DVD) declared film novelisations redundant – in fact, many fans enjoy novelisations ...


Breaking down the Sally Rooney frenzy

5th May 2021

Is her literary success reflective of a society-wide mental health crisis? Ahead of the release of her third novel Beautiful World, Where Are You this September, the buzz around Sally Rooney’s writing does not seem set to diminish any time soon. The success of the TV adaptation of Normal People has only widened her readership ...


Trainspotting: Scotland off the rails

1st May 2021

Almost 30 years after Trainspotting’s publication, Culture Editor Rosie Shackles examines why the cult classic is just as relevant today. Content warning: discussion of drug use and addiction “Choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing junk food intae yir mooth” hit a little too close to home when reading cult ...