Books

April 19, 2015

The majority of us have some kind of online presence, whether on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Tinder, or a cocktail of them all. Social media is everywhere, and being present online is a weird passport confirming our existence. But what happens when social media turns against us? Jon Ronson’s latest pop-psychology offering, So [...]

April 19, 2015

Roxane Gay’s voice has been steadily growing louder over the last year. As a regular contributor for The Guardian and various other websites, with two books out in 2014, she is also a professor, writer, editor, and commentator; her opinions are worth listening to, and make a refreshing change to the dominant strand of criticism. [...]

March 29, 2015

Given the formal rigour of this Booker Prize winning gem, it can be surprising to discover that the bulk of its prose was laid down over a single four-week period—ominously dubbed “the Crash” by Ishiguro and his wife—with scarce thought given to early errors, contradictions or lapses in style. Any literary misdemeanours must have been [...]

March 29, 2015

It has been ten years since Ishiguro’s last novel Never Let Me Go was released. With bated breath the public has awaited this release, The Buried Giant, which promises to be “a luminous story about the act of forgetting and the power of memory”. Much like Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro flouts genre categories; here [...]

March 23, 2015

In the world of books, awards and the nominees carry as much weight as those in the entertainment industry. Entertainment has the Oscars, Golden Globes, and either the BAFTAs or MTV Movie Awards, depending on your level of seriousness, as signs of quality. The book world has The Man Booker, the Costa Awards, and the [...]

March 15, 2015

Dunham and her work exist in a frenzy of praise and criticism; Dunham’s book, however, is a book in its own right, entirely separate from her TV show. Regardless of personal taste, she has come to stand as a role model of female empowerment and honesty, no matter how flawed—a position that has been waiting [...]

March 15, 2015

If you’re feeling bereft over the finale of Parks and Recreation, don’t despair: you can still get your Poehler fix. Yes Please is the ferociously funny comedian’s memoir, although perhaps the term “scrapbook” is a more accurate description. Poehler shares stories from her childhood, her early days in comedy, her escapades on Saturday Night Live [...]

March 8, 2015

All around town you can see freaky ladies, with awkward smiles, and dead gazes watching you from billboards, Yvonne Todd’s exhibition Creamy Psychology has injected a weird and wonderful gothic presence into the capital this summer. But with the exhibition coming to a close soon, it is worth taking stock of the books that had [...]

March 1, 2015

The boxes are piled high, after being carried up too many flights of stairs; their weight is a stark reminder of the growing mass of your book collection. Your attachment and inability to throw books out seems infantile. Your insistence on bringing your entire Harry Potter collection with you was balked at by your parents, [...]