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Books: New Review: The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

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  How could J. K. Rowling’s first ‘book for adults’ ever be received as momentously as the world of Harry Potter; the world we joined the author in dwelling for so many glorious childhood years? It’s not as though The Casual Vacancy is a petulant little sister tugging on the … Read More

Classic of the Week: New Grub Street by George Gissing

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  ‘To write – was not that the joy and the privilege of one who had an urgent message for the world?’ Well this is an inspiring tale for us young journos. New Grub Street is a story about the daily lives and broken dreams of men and women forced … Read More

Books: New Review: This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

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  This Is How You Lose Her is Junot Díaz’s new collection of inventive stories, all but one narrated by Yunior, a young Dominican serial cheater, and same voice of Diaz’s previous works, Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, but this book can certainly stand up straight … Read More

Books: Top Five Books About Journalism

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Callie White honours interviewee Simon Hattenstone with this week’s selection of journalism classics.   1. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh Perhaps the most famous of all fictional journalists, William Boot is here employed by the national newspaper the Daily Beast – his incompetence as foreign correspondence righted, temporarily, by a grand … Read More

Books: New Review: Double Cross by Ben Macintyre

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  Ben Macintyre’s latest foray into the little-known world of espionage and counter espionage during World War Two is, as to be expected from the highly esteemed writer, an utter triumph. Like Macintyre’s past successes Operation Mincemeat and Agent Zigzag, Double Cross is impeccably paced; filled with quirky anecdotes and … Read More

Books: Top Five Funny Fictions

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Saluting this week’s big interviewee Phillip Breen, and the arrival of The Merry Wives Of Windsor to the RSC in Stratford, Catherine Brett directs amusement towards the funniest books out there. 1. Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall by Spike Milligan The first of Spike Milligan’s priceless war autobiographies … Read More

Anger over High Demand mischief

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  1.11.12 The Edward Boyle library is coming under fire as students struggle to get hold of the books they need. High demand reference books on Level 13 of the library continue to be deliberately replaced by students in the wrong sections. This means that other students are unable to … Read More

Books: New Review: A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks

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  There are a few authors who inspire complete confidence; unless something has gone horribly wrong, their newest offering will be brilliant. Sebastian Faulks is – one of those authors, but even he admits A Possible Life is like nothing he has ever written before. ‘Every thought links us. Every … Read More

Books: Halloween Classic of the Week: Trilby by George Du Maurier

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  Now this is a novel soaked with cultural history. Trilby inspired Leroux’s The Phantom of The Opera, coined the term Svengali, now forever to denote a hypnotic and controlling young gentleman, and turned the trilby hat into a fashion statement. The setting of Trilby reflects the author’s bohemian years … Read More

New Review: Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris

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From the best-selling author of Chocolat, Peaches for Monsieur le Curé returns to the life of master chocolatier Vianna Rocher, who moved eight years previously to the sleepy French village of Lansquenet and tempted life and passion back to into the souls of its inhabitants by opening a chocolate boutique … Read More