Literature

The Lonely City

Recent years have seen the release of a great deal of memoirs, biographies, and “creative non-fiction”. Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City manages to submerge itself within several of these categories while remaining uniquely outside of any...

Darke

Rick Gekoski’s Darke tells the powerful story of James Darke, a man who, following the death of his wife, has decided to isolate himself from the outside world. The narrative begins in a strange yet humorous episode where he employs someone to...

Stay With Me

How much can love endure? Ayòbámi Adébáyò’s first novel Stay With Me follows a young couple’s passionate romance and slow estrangement as they endure the hardships that can come with marriage and children. This novel has a surety of voice...

Gauguin: The Other World

“May the day come when I’ll flee into the woods on an island in Oceania, there to live on stillness, ecstasy and art” dreamed Gauguin in Gauguin: The Other World. While this is both a dynamic and beautifully illustrated graphic novel,...

Blackwell’s Presents: What makes a book rare?

Bring Andrew Hunter a book from 1900 and he might scoff. Hunter, an antiquarian bookseller from Blackwell’s in Oxford’s Rare Books department, trades only truly old and rare books. His talk at Blackwell’s as part of the Rare Books Festival...

Crucifixion’s A Doddle

How much do you know about Jesus’s crucifixion? There was Jesus nailed to a big wooden cross next to two criminals also being crucified . . . right? According to Julian Doyle, editor of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, this common conception might...

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