Rebellion: The Challenge of Being Yourself

January, the month of rain and being poor, is thankfully nearly over. Over the past 12 months, I have finished my masters in English Literature, travelled, and interned twice as a writer. It’s taken some time, but I have become more comfortable with myself than ever before. I have embraced my inner nerd that loves…

6 Genres To Escape Into

Whether you are an avid reader or believe the existence of books is solely for film adaptations, there is a book for everyone. Every topic known on this earth has been written about, including space, bananas, romance, swords, kinky boots, and so much more! Below is a tiny sample to encourage an initial toe-dipping venture…

5 Books That’ll Turn You Green

You will generally not see a book on environmental trauma in Waterstone’s Top 40. The theme is an important one, but not one that is given the space and publicity it deserves. The theme battles the growing concerns surrounding climate change and presents alternate realities regarding the consequences of such changes. Such alternate realities range…

Burnt Shadows

This is a short review of a new favourite novel, Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie and it is beautifully written. The story travels from Japan to America, over several decades and historical moments, and holds the power to make you smile, cry, and marvel at life and love. Hiroko, the protagonist, is living in Nagasaki…

Magic of 3am

Three in the morning is a bizarre time. It is a time to be full of dreams with no one around to say otherwise, or a time to be paralysed by fears with no one around to comfort you. As F. Scott Fitzgerald writes: In a real dark night of the soul it is always…

Space and Light in Winterson’s ‘Sexing the Cherry’

Jeanette Winterson smudges the lines between reality and imagination in her novel, Sexing the Cherry. Based in seventeenth-century London, the story follows the lives of a large, feisty woman and her son. The woman, who has forgotten her own name, is known as the Dog-Woman due to the numerous dogs in her possession, and her…