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ROYGBIV: Culture in Exams

Examination time can be stressful: waking up at 7.20 every morning to reserve a seat in the library like a keen tourist armed with a towel with the goal of a sunbed, eating a collection of Sainsbury’s meal deals and occasional mental breakdowns with your library pals (who, just to clarify, you don’t actually know, […]

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Bridget Jones and why she’s not a Feminist

Bridget Jones is a character I hate to love. She’s a fictional character who has developed such an aura that she has become a real being. Of course, this also stems from Helen Fielding’s mastery as a social observer, creating a character firmly rooted in contemporary society; but there is something more to Bridget than […]

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Atwood probes society’s absolutist assumptions

Atwood’s genre of writing is difficult to define. Dystopian? Feminist? Sci-fi? Or some kind of hybrid that includes all of the above? Such versatility and adaptability was apparent in her talk to Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms this Thursday. Her opening joke regarding her fear of ‘agitating Scots’ – who had taken to Twitter to demand a […]

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In Real Life

Middle-aged; lacking ambition and direction; verging on the brink of an identity crisis: these are the three aspects Chris Killen portrays in his second novel, In Real Life. His endearing inclusion of the Internet, superseding all aspects of these three friends’ – Lauren, Paul and Ian – lives, creates a friendly, warming and familiar narrative […]