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 … Continue reading List of the Lost by Morrissey: Book Review

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The Serious Case of the Molly-Coddled Student

“If students graduate believing that they can learn nothing from people they dislike or from those with whom they disagree, we will have done them a great intellectual disservice.” The Atlantic, September 2015 We all grew up with the mantra, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Despite the … Continue reading The Serious Case of the Molly-Coddled Student

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee: Book Review

American president Abraham Lincoln is accorded a rather mystical and heroic reverence as the “Great Emancipator” and saviour of the black race due to his role in the American Civil War. However, when one gains further insight into the man himself and becomes aware that he was actually somewhat racist in his views of African … Continue reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee: Book Review

Thirty Five Solitary Train Rides

                                                        If someone told me four years ago that I would spend my summer post-graduation travelling around Europe by myself, I would have seriously laughed in their face. This past July I did just that, and upon returning from my solitary jolly on the continent, I can honestly say that it is the best thing … Continue reading Thirty Five Solitary Train Rides

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey: Book Review

Dementia is an evil illness, cruelly snatching its victim’s short term memory and causing events happening in their present to jumble up with memories from their past. Emma Healey’s first novel, Elizabeth is Missing, tells the story of dementia sufferer Maud and details how she experiences day-to-day life suffering from the disease. Maud keeps a … Continue reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey: Book Review

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton: Book Review

Hillary Clinton’s latest memoir ‘Hard Choices’ details her four years as Secretary of State in President Barrack Obama’s cabinet from 2008-2012. Battered and bruised from the race to seek the Democrat nomination, it is arguable that she had ideas of using this position as a stepping stone to the ultimate prize: the presidency. However, in … Continue reading Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton: Book Review

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy by Annette Gordon-Reed – Book Review

Annette Gordon-Reed’s phenomenal work on the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings unintentionally laid to rest the contentious issue over the nature of their relationship. Sally Hemings was one of Jefferson’s slaves, inherited from his marriage to Martha Wayles, and in her book, Gordon-Reed makes a very strong argument in favour of Jefferson having … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy by Annette Gordon-Reed – Book Review

Wild Swans by Jung Chang: Book Review

‘Wild Swans’ is an autobiographical account of three generations of Chinese women’s experiences of life in twentieth century China. It tells one hundred years of Chinese history, spanning the end of the Qing Dynasty right through to the rise of Deng Xiaoping. Jung Chang tells the story of her grandmother, mother and herself. Her grandmother … Continue reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang: Book Review