Books

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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

Work experience student Jessica Graham reviews The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel. This year marks 34 years since the release of Margret Atwood’s dystopian fiction novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, yet it is more relevant than ever. It touches on issues of patriarchy, female oppression and the use of the female body as an object of […]

 Lucy Hope

Review: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Review: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

BLURB Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But, with the help of a series of […]

 Lucy Hope

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng [review]

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng [review]

BLURB Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of […]

 Lucy Hope

BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

BLURB No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka and phone chats with Mummy. […]

 Lucy Hope

BOOK REVIEW: Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang

BOOK REVIEW: Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang

*DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me for free by Open Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review.* BLURB World War Two. Japanese occupied China. The tale of two cousins, their courage and their determination to help a wounded American pilot. In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane […]

 Lucy Hope

Review: I’ll be gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Review: I’ll be gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Blurb “You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.” For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the […]

 Northern Lights

We That Are Young by Preti Taneja: a modern perspective of King Lear

We That Are Young by Preti Taneja: a modern perspective of King Lear

By Anna Pavlova   Everyone probably knows something of the Shakespeare play King Lear, whether you’ve studied it in school, watched a performance, read it for fun or just picked up on references to it in popular culture. To give a brief summary, it’s about a king who is dividing his kingdom into three different […]

 Lucy Hope

Review: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

Review: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

Blurb For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive. As the lead investigator on the 4MK task […]

 Sarah Sinclair

Interview: Cathy Newman brings Bloody Brilliant Women to Durham Book Festival

Interview: Cathy Newman brings Bloody Brilliant Women to Durham Book Festival

Cathy Newman is still getting used to being asked the questions, as opposed to putting them across. “I definitely find it easier asking the questions,” she laughed, backstage in her dressing room at the Gala Theatre, Durham. The Channel 4 News presenter has been getting used to being the topic of conversation.  The organisers at […]

 Amie

Tracy Beaker set to return in long-awaited sequel

Tracy Beaker set to return in long-awaited sequel

Jacqueline Wilson created the legendary British character Tracy Beaker 27 years-ago in her book, The Story Of Tracy Beaker, which portrayed the story of a feisty 10-year-old raised in a care home known as The Dumping Ground. Beaker is back in the sequel My Mum Tracy Beaker, but as a 30-year-old mother. The book is to […]