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‘In Other Words’: Tills’ summertime pop-up bookshop

Tucked away at the edge of the Meadows, directly across the road from Tills bookshop, hides a delightful little green police box. This police box is anything but ordinary because it now houses a delightful pop-up shop, ‘In Other Words,’ associated with Tills bookshop. The pop-up shop offers a variety of translated works with themes […]

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Literature

Introducing Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt

If you think of the great cultural power couples of our time, you may be forgiven if literary duo Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt aren’t at the top of your list. Meeting in 1981 and marrying a year later, the pair have since resided in New York, working away their afternoons and convening to critique […]

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Culture Literature

Iran’s Book Market Crisis

The Iranian book market is perishing as US sanctions hit home. Tehran’s nuclear programme has long been contested, and in 2022 the book-lovers of Iran are suffering the cultural consequences of global politics. The “newly” implemented sanctions are a product of Trump’s crackdown in 2018 when the former POTUS made the abrupt decision to leave […]

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Review: Norwegian Wood

Reading Haruki Murakami for the first time, I was surprised by the transparency of his writing. With my ungrounded foundation of beliefs surrounding Japanese literary culture, I had imagined the novel to whisk me away on a journey of ambiguous poetic language, alien proverbs and incredible metaphorical depths. Instead, I quickly realised that Murakami’s first […]

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Culture Literature

The Banning of Books in Today’s America

Whilst I was researching this article I typed the words ‘book’ and ‘ban’ into the New York Times search bar to see what I could find. What I discovered was a long history of book banning, not only in America, but around the world. Headlines such as “A Frenzy of Book Banning”, “Book Banning on […]

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Culture Literature Waiting for Valentine's

“The Rachel Papers”: Review

With some misfortune I managed to choose to write for the Valentine’s day issue of The Student rather than any other ordinary issue. Not that I particularly disapprove of the celebration of amour, it’s just that I already pre-empt cringing at anything I write on the subject. Nevertheless, here we are. Quite blandly, I have […]

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Culture Literature Waiting for Valentine's

Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

This Valentine’s day, lovingly give yourself the gift of Madeline Miller’s 2018 novel ‘Circe’ and learn about romance from the immortal sorceress who had her eternal share of relationship difficulties and triumphs. Circe is the daughter of the Sun, Helios, and the nymph Perse, however despite her formidable parentage she is not as powerful as […]

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Top 5 Reads for Valentine’s Day

Why is it that the only men women truly fall in love with are those who are written by women? This Valentine’s Day save yourself from heartbreak and frankly substandard Tinder dates and curl up with a book instead! Here are my top 5 romance reads to warm even the coldest of hearts. The Switch […]