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…

3 Films That’ll Make You Smile

Some days you want to be cheered up with a film that reminds you of life’s quirks in all its eccentric forms. Below are three films that have recently made me smile from such a reminder.   Hunt for the Wilderpeople An unwanted lad is adopted by a couple living on the outskirts of the…

Oh My GIF: London Living

Being from another city, living and working in London can be trying. What’s even more trying, is finding a job in writing, with an unsurprising background in English Literature. Below are 10 light-hearted jabs about the quirks of living and working in London.   1. Trudging through job sites, preparing for some bureaucratic ass-kissing. Of…

Alternative La La Land

Warning – spoilers of the film La La Land!   Away from all of the film’s nominations, La La Land is genuinely delightful. The ending, however, didn’t sit well with me, so I’m going to suggest an alternative ending. The final scene is five years on from when the two characters last said goodbye to each…

The Vulgar and the English

At the Barbican Centre in London, there was an exhibition on called The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined. The exhibit explored what taste meant in the fashion world, directed by Adam Phillips’, a psychoanalyst, definitions of vulgar. Previously, I have never given much thought to the word vulgar, but the exhibition made sure I left with my…