“The Missing Girl”: Short Story Review

Title: "The Missing Girl". Author: Shirley Jackson. Publication: 1957. My Edition: 2018, Penguin Classics. Length: 17 pages. Genre(s): Gothic, Suspense, Short Story. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Links: Goodreads | Amazon Thirteen-year-old Martha Alexander has disappeared. She had been spending her summer at a girls' camp, where she shared a room with a girl named Betsy. They... Continue Reading →

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“Hamlet”: Play Review

Title: Hamlet. Playwright: William Shakespeare. First Performed: 1609. Published: 1603. My Edition: 1997, Cambridge UP. Length: 171 pages. Genre(s): Classic, Play, Tragedy, Drama. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Audible Hamlet begins during a time of turmoil. The young Prince of Denmark is called home from his studies by the news of his... Continue Reading →

“Make Us All Islands”: Mini Review

Title: Make Us All Islands. Author: Richard Georges. Publication: 2017, Shearsman Books. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Links: Goodreads | Amazon Make Us All Islands is a powerful poetry anthology that tackles a range of issues; it’s not only about the sea, although the sea is what carries Georges through his poems. It’s about race, it’s about... Continue Reading →

“Romeo and Juliet”: Play Review

I was first introduced to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - arguably the most celebrated love story of all time - during my GCSEs. This was a mistake. I was too young to appreciate the mesmerising writing of the play and, regrettably, came to hate it. The love story seemed completely unrelatable and, because I... Continue Reading →

“Some Trick”: Mini Book Review

Pub Date: May 29th, 2018. ISBN: 9780811227827 Publisher: New Directions. In a somewhat ambitious critique of the publishing industry, Helen DeWitt’s Some Trick attempts to convey her personal frustrations through the mode of the short story. From poverty-stricken artists to a musician desperate to maintain his dignity, DeWitt’s characters reflect the struggles that she, herself... Continue Reading →

“Breathe”: Short Story Review

It's been a little while since I have written a review for a short story, which is a shame; I'm always saying that short stories should be appreciated to the same extent as full-length novels, and I do genuinely believe that. Having said that, I haven't actually read a short story for a while, which... Continue Reading →

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