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Breaking News: What’s happening to modern journalism?

We are, for the first time in modern history, facing the prospect of how societies would exist without reliable news,” Alan Rusbridger writes in Breaking News. He is, of course, referring to the onslaught of fake news which will be forever connected to Donald Trump. But why don’t we believe the news we read anymore? […]

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The Art of Losing Control

The Art of Losing Control is a philosophical non-fiction that begins to answer a fundamental question – how do we seek to switch off our minds? Influenced by his traumatic accident and years of social anxiety and depression, Jules Evans provides a vivid account of the various methods used to achieve ecstatic experiences. We are […]

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Free Women, Free Men

Content warning: sexual assault, victim blaming Camille Paglia’s self-affirmation as an advocate of gender equality could not be further from the truth. In her most recent selection of essays, Free Women, Free Men, Paglia leaps from topic to topic, covering subjects from the hyper-masculinity of football culture to issues of modern sex education. Whilst the breadth […]

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Forever Words

Forever Words is a beautiful and loving tribute to the late Johnny Cash. It uncovers the reality behind the familiar and famous image of the ‘Man in Black’, revealing the funny wholly human man behind the persona.  If anyone is timeless it is Johnny Cash – over ten years after his death and 2,000 published songs […]

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Darke

Darke is a coming-of-age novel written by American author, Rick Gekoski, and tells the story of an old man who has excluded himself from society. Its journal style, and division into three distinct sections, gives more of an insight into how the protagonist came to exclude himself from the world around him in such an […]

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Sal

Mick Kitson’s Sal tells the story of two young Scottish sisters who escape from their neglectful mother and abusive stepfather, running away to attempt to survive in the woods. Skilfully addressing incredibly sensitive topics of child abuse and children’s mental health, Kitson manages to remain engaging and not at all patronising – two issues often […]

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Supernormal

Written by renowned clinical psychologist Meg Jay, Supernormal is a profound look at the human condition, a stunning take on how childhood adversity can lead to remarkable and resilient people. Jay uses example case studies and stories from her own experience and clinical background to illustrate her point – that adversity is much more common […]

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When They Call You a Terrorist

When They Call  You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir promises to shed light on an often misunderstood social movement. Co-written by activist and journalist asha bandele and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, it gets to the heart of one of America’s biggest current debates, race, and details how to carry the historic […]