Category : Books

The Only Story: A Review of Julian Barnes’ Compelling New Novel

5 months ago / 0 comments

The Only Story is Julian Barnes’ latest novel, published just over a month ago. People swoon over his books, particularly Flaubert’s Parrot (1984) and The Sense of an Ending (2011). I had never read a novel of his before, and had some mild preconceptions. I found the book madly compelling. … Read More

Luay Abdul-Ilah – Divine Names Review

6 months ago / 0 comments

Luay Abdul-Ilah’s novel Divine Names is stylised as ‘a modern tale on the possibilities of being’. It is different from the types of works that usually grace our bookshelves because of its content, context, and the author’s style. The story is told by an omniscient narrator in four parts, revealing … Read More

Some of the best love stories literature has to offer

6 months ago / 0 comments

We all love a good love story. A good romance to keep us happy and hopeful. There have been some amazing love stories in literature over the past few decades, so here are a few to get yourself in the Valentine’s Day spirit. Me Before You (and After You) – … Read More

Treat Your Shelf: The Secret History – Donna Tartt

9 months ago / 0 comments

It is a truth universally and notoriously acknowledged that, as students, we suffer from crippling debt which threatens to impede upon pursuits of enjoyment. However, The Secret History by Donna Tartt is definitely one of those moments where you reconsider your bank statement’s horrific prognosis and decide to treat yourself. … Read More

Leeds’ Alumni’s Literary Success: An interview with Jay Dee

4 years ago / 0 comments

This week, In the Middle has had the opportunity to talk to children’s author, and once Leeds student, Jay Dee. His book, The Night Before The Night Before Christmas, climbed the New Children’s Christian Fiction Book on Amazon, claiming the number one spot.  We were eager to find out how he … Read More

The Republic of Imagination

4 years ago / 0 comments

We live in an age where the value of arts are constantly being questioned and doubted. As an English Literature student, I have been challenged on countless occasions as to why I’m studying a subject with such insubstantial rewards and a lack of clear career path. This is symptomatic of … Read More

Nick Hornby’s ‘Funny Girl’ steps back to the 60’s

4 years ago / 0 comments

Nick Hornby, author of About a Boy and High Fidelity, makes a comeback after a brief pause in his writing. His latest novel, Funny Girl, is a wonderfully light-hearted story about television production in the 1960s. The protagonist is Barbara Parker, a beauty queen from Blackpool who rejects the crown … Read More

Classic novels updated in Project Remix

4 years ago / 0 comments

In an age where young people would much rather surf the internet than pick up a book, classic literature is increasingly being seen as outdated, irrelevant and a worthless aspect of education. Malorie Blackman’s Project Remix competition is boldly tackling this view by encouraging young people to rework literary texts, … Read More

Us, by David Nicholls.

4 years ago / 0 comments

Fans of David Nicholls’ previous books will know he well deserves the recognition of being one of Britain’s best writers, penning many international best sellers, including some that have been turned into blockbuster hits on the big screen. Upon hearing of Nicholls’ latest release, I had no doubt it would … Read More

The Peripheral, by William Gibson

4 years ago / 0 comments

Confused, disorientated and yet entertained. This is the only way to describe how I felt when finishing William Gibson’s new book The Peripheral. Set in two different futures and following two converging storylines, the book’s 124 chapters (yes, that’s right, 124 chapters) tell the stories of Flynne Fisher, scraping a … Read More