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Review: Art as Therapy

Written by founder of The School of Life, Alain de Botton, and British philosopher, John Armstrong, Art as Therapy promises its readers a deeply thought-provoking exploration of the healing power…

The Christmas book gift guide

By giving someone you love a book, you’re giving them the opportunity for an adventure, an escape, or a ticket into a whole new world. Here’s six recommendations of thoughtful…

The redemption of the unlikeable female character

Looking back at great literary works it seems that all unlikeable female characters can be, in one way or another, linked back to the very first one: Eve of the…

WH Smith launch a buy-back scheme for used books: how can we make reading more sustainable?

In an apparent effort to make reading more sustainable, WH Smith have launched a buy-back scheme for used books, measuring a book’s worth through various characteristics such as its condition,…

The power of the Goodreads review: a cautionary tale

Satirised by the infamous Nosedive episode of Black Mirror, we have entered the age of online popularity contests. The Netflix show portrays a dramatised reality in which every human interaction…

The Book that Defined our Generation

Generation Z has been raised on many books, but perhaps the most prevalent genre to this generation is Young Adult Dystopian Literature. More specifically, The Hunger Games trilogy. Now, why…

The Importance of Public Libraries: Environmentalism and Community

Scottish author Ali Smith describes her collection of short stories, Public Library and Other Stories, as a book that “celebrates the ways our lives have been at least enhanced and…

Book Week Scotland: a guide to what’s on in Edinburgh

13th-19th November is Book Week Scotland, a week dedicated to celebrating the importance of books and reading. It is run by the Scottish Book Trust, a charity that aims to…