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Here’s what science writing can teach us about ourselves
4th December 2020

Here’s what science writing can teach us about ourselves

Chloe Tenn explores the benefits of reading science books and their importance in communicating science
Winner of winners? Half of a Yellow Sun
3rd December 2020

Winner of winners? Half of a Yellow Sun

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
Marcus Rashford MBE has launched a reading campaign
3rd December 2020

Marcus Rashford MBE has launched a reading campaign

Marcus Rashford MBE has just launched a book deal with Macmillan books, and he is running a books campaign over his social media channels to give children access to literature
Non-fiction November: I Am Dynamite! A Life of Nietzsche
3rd December 2020

Non-fiction November: I Am Dynamite! A Life of Nietzsche

Josh Whitehead explores how Friedrich Nietzsche shaped modern Western thought, along the way becoming nothing less than ‘the Antichrist’.
In conversation with 21 magazine
3rd December 2020

In conversation with 21 magazine

Aileen Loftus chats with John from 21 to find out more about the literary magazine and the process of translation
Five books to decolonise your bookshelf
27th November 2020

Five books to decolonise your bookshelf

Bana Mustafa considers the importance of reading decolonial literature and the need to decolonise your bookshelf.
Lockdown read: Intimations by Zadie Smith
20th November 2020

Lockdown read: Intimations by Zadie Smith

Ruby Opalka reviews Intimations by Zadie Smith, as we find ourselves stuck in a second lockdown
Non-fiction November: Just Kids by Patti Smith
20th November 2020

Non-fiction November: Just Kids by Patti Smith

Just Kids by Patti Smith is a testament to New York, art, and Robert Mapplethorpe, and is the perfect escapism for the winter lockdown
How Bookshop.org is changing the world of books
19th November 2020

How Bookshop.org is changing the world of books

Maisie Scott spotlights Bookshop.org and their ethical partnerships with local bookshops across the UK
Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold
12th November 2020

Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Maisie Scott reviews Before the Coffee Gets Cold and the novel’s depiction of time travel and the modern coffee shop

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Spotlight: HarperCollins Author Academy
12th November 2020

Spotlight: HarperCollins Author Academy

Aileen Loftus finds out more about the HarperCollins Author Academy and how to get involved
Six book recommendations to get you through lockdown
12th November 2020

Six book recommendations to get you through lockdown

Books are the ultimate distraction from the endless news cycle and are an important form of self-care. Check out our lockdown book recommendations
Non-fiction November: Free Will by Sam Harris
6th November 2020

Non-fiction November: Free Will by Sam Harris

You’re going to click on this review of Free Will, aren’t you? You never had a choice
Troubled Blood by J.K. Rowling: More troubling than troubled
6th November 2020

Troubled Blood by J.K. Rowling: More troubling than troubled

Now the Twitter storm has died down, Aileen Loftus reads Troubled Blood in light of Rowling’s problematic views on transgender identity
Shop local with Blackwell’s same-day delivery service
29th October 2020

Shop local with Blackwell’s same-day delivery service

Maisie Scott chats with Blackwell’s Manchester about the launch of their new same-day delivery service
Review: Inside Story by Martin Amis
28th October 2020

Review: Inside Story by Martin Amis

Martin Amis explores what it means to love, to write, and to die in his latest novel titled Inside Story.
Spotlight: #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize
26th October 2020

Spotlight: #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize

Aileen Loftus explains how this years #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize will work
GCSE syllabuses overlook BAME authors
23rd October 2020

GCSE syllabuses overlook BAME authors

Aileen Loftus questions whether students can leave school without having studied a novel by a black author
In conversation with Comma Press
23rd October 2020

In conversation with Comma Press

Maisie Scott chats with Zoe from Comma Press and discusses Northern soul, lockdown and the National Creative Writing Industry Conference
Lockdown read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
15th October 2020

Lockdown read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Gabriele Dragunaite reads Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and finds its existential content still bearable in 2020

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