“Life Before Man”: Book Review (ish)

I've often heard it said that Margaret Atwood is one of the most varied writers alive today. Whilst, one minute, she'll be working on dystopian scenes of slavery or all-consuming floods, the next, she'll be considering the raw power of human nature, exploring our thought patterns as our differing emotions intersect with one another. "The real …

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“Accidental Damage”: Book Review

I was recently asked to review a self-published book by Alice May, called Accidental Damage; whilst this is not a genre of book that I have really explored before, this book really impressed me, and I have therefore copied my review below! Enjoy! Alice May’s Accidental Damage offers a first-person account of the trials and incidents …

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Guess How Much I Love You

This short story is for the purposes for the competition at Creative Writing Ink. “This is important, Daniel,” Selene hissed, slapping her husband with the playsuit she clutched in her sweaty palms. “If it’s pink then we’re making assumptions about her future, but if it’s blue we’re doing that, too! And, you know, I was reading …

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Play Review: The Taming of the Shrew

We all know Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth, but we are generally less educated in Shakespeare's comedies. The fact of it is, though, that Shakespeare wrote more comedies than he did tragedies or histories. This review will focus on one of Shakespeare's lesser known comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, which, in my opinion, has some of the most …

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Author Spotlight: Charles Dickens

Here's another installment of my author biography pages, once written for my Sixth Form's Newspaper, Sixth Sense. The full edition of this November copy is available here. If you're interested in reading more about Charles Dickens, you can check out my review of what is arguably his most famous novel, Great Expectations. Charles Dickens was one of the …

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Book Review: “The Lais of Marie de France”

Consisting of twelve short stories, supposedly composed during the late twelfth century, The Lais of Marie de France tells of chivalric knights and Arthurian wonders, an insight into the nature of love, as well as magic. It demonstrates the values of courtly love, a principle that viewed love not only as a suffering, but a social …

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Book Review: “Wuthering Heights”

With its complicated themes and layered narrative, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is renowned for being one of the leading novels of the gothic genre. It is undeniably a fascinating read, if only due to the numerous character and plot interpretations that can be had from it. However, you should not take this book on if …

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