Alice McQuail

Alice McQuail


Book references in Taylor Swift’s songs: Lyrical masterpieces

Book references in Taylor Swift’s songs: Lyrical masterpieces

Taylor Swift has dominated the music industry for over ten years. She has ten original award-winning studio albums, with her most recent one, Midnights, breaking Spotify records. Swift’s love of books is no secret, especially when considering the many books she has recommended over the years. This includes Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, recently […]
Books not to fill your stockings with

Books not to fill your stockings with

Not every book should end up in stockings this Christmas – here is just a small selection of the Books that the Mancunion Books section would not want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning
She Said review: Exposing Harvey Weinstein

She Said review: Exposing Harvey Weinstein

A tense and emotional portrayal of the New York Times investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s allegations that ignited the #MeToo movement
Call Jane review: Looking back at Roe Vs Wade in the #MeToo era

Call Jane review: Looking back at Roe Vs Wade in the #MeToo era

From Director Phylis Nagy (Carol, Mrs Harris), Call Jane is a fictional narrative based on an illegal abortion network of women in the 1960s, who called themselves “The Janes”. Although Call Jane is a critical look back at darker times the unavailability of abortions is still a widespread problem for many Americans. After the reversal […]
Merlin (2008-2012) revisited: Magic and mystery

Merlin (2008-2012) revisited: Magic and mystery

A decade after its airtime, Merlin has not lost its magic and remains “the perfect comfort show to distract from real life with its medieval setting and magical elements”.
Blind Date Books: Is it worth it?

Blind Date Books: Is it worth it?

Blind Date Books are on the rise online and in stores. We try Blackwell’s attempt at the trend with their own mysteriously wrapped books
The Booooks section’s favourite spooky tales

The Booooks section’s favourite spooky tales

Frome straight-up gothic horror to thought-provoking, tales which take a scary twist on classic stories, here is the definitive list of books to scare you silly this Halloween.
Amsterdam review: A-listers Assemble!

Amsterdam review: A-listers Assemble!

David O. Russell’s latest film Amsterdam is ambitious but fails to captivate its audience despite its impressive ensemble of A-list actors
Blonde review: Marilyn through the male gaze

Blonde review: Marilyn through the male gaze

Netflix’s Blonde depicts a version of Marilyn devoid of glamour and character, making her an exploited woman at the mercy of men

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