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Book Review: ‘Transitional’ by Munroe Bergdorf

Munroe Bergdorf’s Transitional is a valuable cultural artefact.  For those who do not know, Munroe Bergdorf is a model, activist, and media celebrity.  She has appeared on talk shows, written articles, and hosted podcasts such as The Way We Are.  Last year, she was appointed Contributing Editor to the British Vogue.  As a transgender woman, […]

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Have we forgotten Johnsons exit?

It seems Boris Johnson still clings to media attention, as he discusses his plans to release a memoir divulging into his time as Prime Minister. Personally, I find this completely distasteful and quite frankly insensitive to all those who have suffered as a consequence of his leadership. It is said that Johnson has landed 500k […]

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‘Spare’ Review

Regardless of one’s opinion on the Royal Family, Spare represents a modern cultural document. From being marked half-priced in the UK from day one, to the borderline comical image of Harry on the jacket, to the viral “todger” passage and its marketing as a tell-all narrative, Prince Harry’s memoir seemed slated for big sales and […]

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Boris Johnson Unveils Plans to Write his Memoirs

Does writing a memoir commit the author to a non-fiction account? Any author must strike a balance between objectivity and idiosyncratic perception of events. Timelines are compressed, emotions factored in, and reputations preserved. But will Boris Johnson’s upcoming memoir possess any credibility at all? Pursued by a track record of Partygate, cronyism, and misuse of […]

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You should read: Thirst by Scott Harrison

If you read one book this year, it should be Thirst. Scott Harrison’s 2018 memoir is a story of redemption and one selfish man’s understanding that the world is bigger than himself. Harrison, founder and C.E.O of Charity: Water, talks us through his life story, following his journey from a club promoter to his founding one […]

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‘Our memory is outside us’: introducing author Annie Ernaux

Sitting on my bookshelf is an unassuming paperback bound in a plain white sleeve, its title, The Years, emblazoned across its front, the only clue to what lies within. Between the covers is Annie Ernaux’s 2008 memoir, translated by Alison L. Strayer: a capsule of her memories between 1941 and 2006, interspersed with accounts of the […]

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Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl

Despite the fact that she is merely 42 years old, Carrie Brownstein, guitarist of the band Sleater-Kinney, has written her memoirs – right in time to coincide with the band’s reunion and new album. She narrates the band’s history from its origins in the town of Olympia to its separation in 2006, interweaving it with […]

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The Outrun

A seamless combination of personal memoir and nature writing, The Outrun follows author Amy Liptrot as she finds herself returning north to her native Orkney, following years of rebellion and alcoholism, culminating in a devastating downward spiral in London. The Outrun is a powerfully sensorial work, personifying the Scottish archipelago and its landscape. Liptrot’s use […]