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Review: everyday sexism by Laura Bates

Reading this is like being kicked in the stomach. Built around the thousands of responses to Bates’ “Everyday Sexism Project”, this work combines the personal testimonies of women around the world to the degradation, abuse, and discrimination that they face,... Continue Reading →

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A big mistake?

Well I mean yes. Potentially. There is, somewhere, a list of the attributes one should look for in the literature one reads after a week of exams. Included on this list, presumably, are: Fewer than 1432 pages long. Not translated... Continue Reading →

And the award for most upsetting film goes to…

Les Misérables. Yeah. Maybe this isn't so surprising if you've seen it before (if you haven't, you should leave now: first to watch it, and second because I'm incapable of not ruining it for you). Les Mis (what? I'm lazy)... Continue Reading →

Spiderman: Homecoming-mini review

It was fun and slightly exhilarating and generally for the first Marvel film I saw in cinema it was wonderful. Peter Parker is like the geeky teenager I try not to show in public, and all he really wants to... Continue Reading →

Review: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

First off I have to admit that I broke my rule on this one, and watched the film first. I know. It's horrific. But it got me into Discworld which can only be a good thing in my eyes. So,... Continue Reading →

Film review: Beauty and the Beast

My first point, of course, is that the library is even better than I imagined it would be! In fact, everything was better than I expected it to be. Emma Watson was, as expected, wonderful as Belle, the rest of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The first of my blind dates was… disappointing. When a book comes to me, all bound up in brown paper with the word ‘murder’ as the only clue to its contents, and when the cover has a recommendation from Cassie... Continue Reading →

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 →

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