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Thatcher Stole My Trousers

To the younger generation, the name Alexei Sayle may not set many bells ringing. However, skip back to the late 1970s and this communist Jew from Liverpool was at the forefront of a revolution changing the face of British comedy forever. After retiring 20 years ago, one of our nation’s most influential comics, best known […]

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Culture Literature

Days Without End

In his most recent novel, Sebastian Barry returns with a beguiling epic, exploring the intricacy of human relationships with America’s Civil War years as a brutal backdrop. Days Without End is something of a ‘Civil War Odyssey’, depicting the life of Thomas McNulty – a consciously compassionate and complex protagonist – following his arrival to […]

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Culture Literature

Insanely Gifted

Jamie Catto’s Insanely Gifted acts as insightful guidance regarding how an individual should live one’s life. Rather than a one-time read, the work acts as a manual to which readers can refer back, as they consider how they should think and act within society. As well as being a universal guide on thinking, Insanely Gifted […]

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Culture Literature

Undying: A Love Story

Michel Faber writes in his foreword to Undying: A Love Story that before his wife died, he “hadn’t known such need for poetry.” The need to write poetry is similar to, yet distinct, from the need to read it. It is because of this that I am unsure whether or not to recommend this stunning […]

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Culture Literature

Himself – Jess Kidd

From the moment he was left on the doorstep of a convent as a baby, Francis Sweeney’s identity was taken away from him. Years later, now going by the name Mahony, Jess Kidd’s Himself follows the young adolescent in search of the mother who once abandoned him, armed with only an old photo as the key […]

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In 2017, political engagement and activism is more important than ever

The consensus is that 2016 was a pretty bad year. For the 48% of us in the UK that seem to make up that dreaded metropolitan liberal elite we’ve all heard so much about, Brexit was the defining Bad Thing of 2016, only to then be outdone by the US election result. It felt like […]

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Film

Best of 2016

Our film team enters into a roundtable discussion to describe their highlights from 2016.

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Culture Literature

Man Booker Prize 2016: The Sellout

The Sellout tells the implausible yet hilarious story of a black man who lands himself in Supreme Court for reintroducing segregation in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens, a forgotten place on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Born to a psychologist dad, the protagonist leads a rather different childhood as a subject to his father’s experiments. […]