Literature

1984: Far-fetched Fiction or Terrifying Reality?

George Orwell’s famed dystopian novel, 1984, has long held a spot as a modern classic, often cited as a go-to read for high-school English classes around the world since its publication in 1949. However, Orwell’s famous novel has recently seen...

Undying: A Love Story

Michel Faber writes in his foreword to Undying: A Love Story that before his wife died, he “hadn’t known such need for poetry.” The need to write poetry is similar to, yet distinct, from the need to read it. It is because of this that I am...

The Weatherhouse

Written in 1930, The Weatherhouse recalls author Nan Shepherd’s own experiences of wartime life in her beloved Cairngorms. As with her work The Living Mountain, Shepherd brilliantly presents a world close to her heart, one with which I could...

Tetris: The Games People Play

Today, with the incessant development of new games on the console, PC, smartphone and emerging technologies like virtual reality, it is easy to forget gaming’s origins. In a fascinating new graphic novel Tetris: The Games People Play, American...

The High Mountains of Portugal

Three bereaved men clinging to reality, the beautiful mountains of Portugal and a lot of chimpanzees; Yann Martel’s whimsical writing style returns in The High Mountains of Portugal. Best known for his novel Life of Pi, Martel has revealed a...

Himself – Jess Kidd

From the moment he was left on the doorstep of a convent as a baby, Francis Sweeney’s identity was taken away from him. Years later, now going by the name Mahony, Jess Kidd’s Himself follows the young adolescent in search of the mother who once...

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