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Books | Longbourn – Austen would be proud, if not a little outdone

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Joe Baker’s recently published Longbourn is a modern day rewriting of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants: quite right for a period currently besotted with the likes of the Crawleys. Baker’s novel can be considered to be an extension of the Downton Abbey Initiative, and that of its predecessors, in … Read More

Books | Sex and the Citadel – Reconsidering attitudes towards sexuality in the Arab world

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The Middle East is present in media outlets everyday yet, in the West, sexuality in Arab culture is still only tentatively discussed. The difficult subject matter is made accessible to all readers as Shereen El Feki, a journalist and former medic who has ties to Canada, Wales and Egypt, is … Read More

Books | Cheat's guide to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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Everyone loves a good bonnet,  but if you’re  weary of Wuthering Heights or feeling jaded by Jane Eyre, here’s  an alternative from the ‘other’ Brontë: Anne. Who? Gilbert Markham:A young single farmer whose epistolary narrative provides details of his meeting an elusive widow and their subsequent love affair. Helen Graham : … Read More

Books | The Last Days of Detroit – All is not lost in the land of Motor City

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Detroit is a city that has always had its problems, as this book from Mark Binelli notes. Even during the years when Henry Ford turned Detroit into an industrial mega-giant, racial segregation caused major ruckus between blacks and whites alike and to this day, Detroit, to misquote Harold Macmillan, has … Read More

Books | The Railway Man

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As a society we have been overexposed to scenes of brutality and desensitised by television. However, the ease of Eric Lomax’s narration makes the untold horrors of the Burma-Siam railway and the conditions and torture experienced by Lomax more harrowing. Eric Lomax seems to be inviting you personally into his … Read More

Books | Cheat's guide to Vanity Fair

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We break up William Makepeace Thackeray’s gargantuan tale of love, lash and Napoleonic lads into easy chunks of satirical fun. Who? Rebecca Sharp: Witty, wily, morally challenged. A social climber. Amelia Sedley: Spends most of her time sighing and weeping over portraits. George Osborne: The apple of Amelia’s eye, totally … Read More

Books | The Black Box – Far cry from a typical crime novel

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There’s often something of a stigma attached to the detective genre, especially in regards to those series in which a new story is pumped out nearly every year, and in its 20th year and 18th instalment, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series could easily fall victim to this. However, as one … Read More

Books | Cheat's guide to the Millennium Trilogy

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Valentine’s rejection left you feeling bitter? What better way to vent your rising hatred of Milk Trays and rose bouquets than by indulging in a hyper-violent Scandinavia saga? Here’s an essential primer to Stieg Larsson’s trilogy Who? Lisbeth Salander: The girl with the dragon tattoo. Distrustful of authority, and a socially awkward outcast, her … Read More

Books | People in the photo – A page turner full of secrets

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Say what you will, Hélène Gestern writes a good page-turner. Narrated in the epistolary form (and translated form the original French), the novel follows the correspondence between the two characters of Hélène and Stéphane, as the former starts to uncover the secrets of her family. Hélène places a newspaper advert … Read More

Books | The Hive – Mean girls for the middle aged

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If you thought the cliques and schoolyard politics portrayed in teen comedy Mean Girls were confined to the realm of high school drama queens, think again. Gill Hornby’s debut novel, based, like Mean Girls, on Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes, shows that the middle aged mothers of a country … Read More