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01 May Films Galore

I decided to spend part of this weekend watching some of the latest DVD releases, most of which had only received lukewarm reviews from film critics. So, as I settled down to watch the films, I wondered whether this would be several hours of wasted...

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12 Apr Medieval Selfies

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a ‘selfie’ as something quite basic and simplistic, namely a ‘photographic self-portrait’. However, in many senses selfies are nothing new; if we remove the photographic aspect of a selfie and include self-portraits made with pen and ink then we can...

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03 Apr Edwardian Bookplates versus Tattoos

The tattoo has been in and out of fashion since Victorian times, nevertheless, for many people, it is currently the ultimate way to express your personality. Brooklyn Beckham, who recently turned eighteen, posted this image on his Instagram account proudly displaying his first tattoo to his...

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18 Mar Days Without End

Days Without End will probably be one of my favourite books of the year and that's a bold statement to make in March!  Thomas McNulty is an orphan from Ireland who escapes the Great Famine of the 1840s and manages to board a ship to...

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10 Mar Elizabeth is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing, the debut novel by Emma Healy, was the subject of a bidding war between nine publishers and has already been sold to TV producers, so it came highly recommended and with excellent credentials. I certainly needed to find a better read after labouring...

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23 Feb The Plot Against America

On World Book Day our school librarian, Adam Rogers, has come up with a novel way (no pun intended) of celebrating the event, namely to wear the front cover of your chosen book like a badge/necklace/lanyard. This seems an excellent compromise for those of us...

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16 Feb The Light Between Oceans

  This lovely comment appeared in the New Yorker when the book was first published. "Told with the authoritative simplicity of a fable… Stedman’s intricate descriptions of the craggy Australian coastline and her easy mastery of an old-time provincial vernacular are engrossing. As the couple at the lighthouse...

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04 Feb The Decline of the E-Book?

After years of sales growth, major publishers recently reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry. Simone Natalie, lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University and Andrea Ballatore, lecturer, Birkbeck,...

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04 Feb Thought for Day

Travelling to school this week, I was in an interminably long queue, cars, lorries and vans all bumper to bumper, all of us struggling to get to work on a miserable, rainsoaked morning. As I stared out of the window looking at the monstrous architecture of...

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