To Harper Lee

I first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was fifteen years old. I am ashamed to admit that my first reading was not the miraculous ‘coming of age’ or ‘coming to’ experience of many others’ who read this classic at such a young age. Living in the middle of bum-fuck Scotland, I was not … More To Harper Lee

Don’t Stand By

“The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again” George Santayana Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27th January and it is a date of commemoration that we should all take part in because it allows us to remember the millions killed during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. With … More Don’t Stand By

Book Review – Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate 

‘Hughes at his most characteristic was a poet of claws and cages: Jaguar, Hawk and Crow. A poet who turns event and animal into myth’. Ted Hughes was, arguably, one of the greatest English poets of the twentieth century. After studying his poems in high school, I was interested to learn more about the man … More Book Review – Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate 

Book Review: The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir

Margaret Tudor was the daughter of Princess Margaret Tudor and Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus; born on 7th October 1515, she was the niece of King Henry VIII and third in the line of English succession. Given her important status at the Tudor Court, it is surprising that her story has been passed over for … More Book Review: The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir

List of the Lost by Morrissey – Book Review

“Beware the novelist…intimate and indiscreet…pompous, prophetic airs…here is the fact of fiction…an American tale where, naturally, evil conquers good, and none live happily ever after, for the complicated pangs of the empty experiences of flesh-and-blood human figures are the reasons why nothing can ever be enough. To read a book is to let a root … More List of the Lost by Morrissey – Book Review