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‘Beautiful wordsmithing’: Escape Routes review

Escape Routes is the debut book by Naomi Ishiguro, a recent graduate  of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. This alone may serve as a reason to read this book (her father, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ian McEwan are among East Anglia’s esteemed graduates), but fortunately for us, there are many other reasons to […]

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‘Ingenuine, and ultimately fails to convince’: The Cockroach review

“That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.” It just so happens that quoting the very first sentence of The Cockroach, brand new novella by Ian McEwan, is the best way to start a conversation about it. The satirical work of […]

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Sci-fi, society and stalkers: The Student’s summer reading round-up

As we get back into the swing of university and a new plague of academic reading, our writers reminisce on the books they read this summer.   Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata by Evie Patel Through the dissonantly immersive love affair of a woman and her full-time job, Sayaka Murata presents an ode to the mundane familiarity […]