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I Call Myself a Feminist

I Call Myself a Feminist is a collection of essays written by twenty-five women under the age of thirty, who have been carefully picked out by editors Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes, Amy Annette, Alice Stride and Martha Moss to reflect on what it means to be a feminist. Urged by the initiators behind Fifty Shades […]

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The Tea Planter´s Wife

Inspired by her mother-in-law, Joan Jefferies´ stories about her childhood in India and Burma in the 1920s and 1930s, Dinah Jefferies produces a historical novel filled with heartbreak, tension and mystery. At first glimpse, The Tea Planter´s Wife seems like yet another romantic novel, about intrigue and heartbreak, delicate women and absent husbands. The novel […]

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The Birth of a Bridge

The Birth of a Bridge by French author Maylis de Kerangal is an intriguing read. The novel is set in the fictional town Coca in northern California, where its new mayor John ‘the Boa’ Johnson is eager to re-invent the town after a visit to the grandeur city landscape of Dubai, thus initiating the building […]

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Recital reaffirms the importance of poetry in education

Christine De Luca shares her passion for poetry at the My Life In Poetry sessions at the Scottish Poetry Library The Scottish Poetry Library has invited writers to discuss their favourite poems over the past decade as part of their series of events called My Life in Poetry. Christine De Luca is a Scottish poet […]

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City of Lies

Based on extensive interviews and years of research, Ramita Navai presents a thought provoking collection of stories depicting the true lives of the people of Tehran. City of Lies offers an honest portrayal of a city that is often hidden from public view, weaving the stories of eight separate characters from the religious to the […]

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Other Halves – Nick Alexander

The Half-Life of Hannah challenged the notion that you are allowed to follow your dreams, and not feel stuck in your everyday routine. Other Halves, in turn, describes the beginning of the rest of Hannah´s and Cliff´s lives as they struggle to come to terms with the aftermath of their not-so-relaxing holiday in France. Hannah has left Cliff to pursue her love for his brother, and Cliff is coming to terms with the admission that he is, indeed, bisexual. Their son, Luke, must fight through his parents’ divorce, faced with the difficult decision between choosing to live with his dad, or move with his mother and her new boyfriend to Australia.

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The Half-Life of Hannah

The twists of the plot and the following actions are boringly expected.