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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the wonderful, the charming, the quintessentially British, Newt Scamander! Newt is a hero unlike any I have come across before: he is beyond selfless, he spends maybe half of his conversations staring at... Continue Reading →

Review: The Children of Húrin by JRR Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_q2mYi7N4s Probably the most readable of all Tolkien’s lesser known works, The Children of Húrin is deeply disturbing and tragic in a manner which almost rivals Macbeth (I select Macbeth because it’s the only one of the great tragedies which... Continue Reading →

It hurts

Maybe you didn't mean to hurt me. But when someone asks if anyone remembers me, and the first thing you say is that I was weird, I don't know how it can be meant in any other way. I know... Continue Reading →

I am not a Nazi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgFpHs5dGdg What do people judge me for? Where do you want me to begin? You judge me for my hobbies, my talents, my personality. You've never liked the violin. You can't get into fantasy—you never read. You don't understand how... Continue Reading →

You’re Leaving

For Beth: You’re leaving. And I can’t believe it’s true. You’ve been my other half for three years now; My best friend, the twin I never had. Three years of happiness, Three years that I never wanted to come to... Continue Reading →

Letters to a friend: please please please please please. Don’t do that.

If you haven't read a book, don't threaten to use it for inspiration. If someone has brought up a book as an example of something truly horrifying, don't threaten to use it for inspiration. Even when we are jokingly discussing... Continue Reading →

Change

Earlier on today I posted something which I could never have predicted. In itself that isn't entirely unusual. I have posted many things like that over the past month: posts which reveal a part of me which I don't usually... Continue Reading →

On the merits of hard work

I may or may not have taken issue with a certain something my head teacher said in assembly this morning. He said that students who hadn't got into the Sixth Form had done so because they hadn't worked hard enough.... Continue Reading →

Whispers from the Stands

So I don't know whether or not I mentioned this, but at the beginning of the holiday I entered a local short story competition. Now, my Dad told me that there was no way I would win it three years... Continue Reading →

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