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Aileen Loftus

Deputy Books Editor
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Deadlines and exams are upon us and it can be difficult to find the time to read, so the books section have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you read and unwind

We Are All Birds of Uganda

Stormzy curated Merky Books, and We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan joint-won the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize in 2019. We take a look to see what it’s all about

‘Rain’ by Lemn Sissay, also featured in mancunian ways

Deputy Books Editor Aileen Loftus reviews Mancunian Ways, a poetry anthology featuring work from a range of Manchester based poets, including Lemn Sissay and Jackie Hagan.

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12 books for Christmas

The books section have created the ultimate Christmas book buying guide. Check out what we are recommending this Christmas

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Aileen Loftus considers Half of a Yellow Sun after it has been voted the ‘winner of winners’ for the 25 year anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction