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Lifestyle in Lockdown

A collaborative piece from Lifestyle’s editors and writers about what motivates us to get up in the morning, what keeps us sane throughout multiple lockdowns and what we’re looking forward to in the coming months. Karishma Balasubramanian: Lifestyle Editor I like an early start so I wake up at 7am every morning with an existential […]

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The Student’s Lockdown Reading List 3.0

I recently came across an article on The Guardian website titled, ‘Have you been using the pandemic to catch up on long classic novels?’ Needless to say, I hadn’t. Should I have been? It appears some regular masochists have taken lockdown as an opportunity to make themselves feel even worse, with sales of War and […]

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Felicity Cloake’s ‘One More Croissant for the Road’

Whilst sleet batters against the flimsy window of my bedroom, I sit under a duvet, blanket and hot water bag in an effort to revive my icy toes. Good ole’ Edinburgh winters. I’m not exactly the type to tackle things by halves, and neither is the author of the book perched before me. Unlike my […]

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Pandemic Postcards: The beauty of letter writing

Sending birthday, Christmas and get-well-soon cards has long been a tradition within friendships, but during the pandemic there has definitely been a rise in my circles of sending letters and postcards for no real occasion at all. It matters less what is actually on the picture side of the postcard: I actually have a habit […]

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‘This universal summer of discontent’: revisiting childhood books in lockdown

I travel the 540.6 miles on the Cross Country train back home. The summer has already felt too long, too hazy and disappointing – the image of melted ice cream in a stale cone – but it is only July 3rd. And now another two months spent back in my room (my childhood room) filled […]

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N. K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ review: The last instalment of The Student’s lockdown literature challenge

Fantasy literature is traditionally considered a conservative genre. It is dominated by white men – from the writers, fans and critics to the very characters themselves. Its heroes frequently strive to maintain the status quo, rather than challenging the values of the world in which they live in. Indeed, its fanbase has sometimes proved remarkably […]

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Lockdown Literature Challenge: Jean Genet’s ‘Our Lady of the Flowers’ – “An epic of masturbation”

After reading Our Lady of the Flowers I am certain that Jean Genet, French criminal turned avant-garde writer, would have thrived in lockdown. Whilst writing Our Lady of the Flowers in Paris’s Prison de la Sante in 1941, Genet initially intended his audience to be composed of only one – himself. This novel is unlike […]

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Lockdown Literature Challenge: Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’

I am a reader who has an obsessive need for finding the perfect music for anything I read. I need another dimension to the story, a glimpse into my subconscious associations. A year ago, upon my first read of Stephen King’s The Long Walk, I became captured by James Newton Howard’s song I’m Listening. It […]