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‘The Things We Do To Our Friends’ by Heather Darwent

I have been desperate to read Darwent’s debut novel since hearing about it on BookTok last summer. I believe my feelings were shared by many, given that Cosmopolitan magazine anticipated it to be one of ‘the best books to look forward to in 2023’. Released on 12th January, this dark-academia book echoes Donna Tarts’ The […]


New year, same me: do new year’s resolutions put us under unnecessary pressure?

New year’s resolutions are as old as the hills. But, unlike our Babylonian and Roman ancestors, who used the new year to pledge allegiance to their communities and Gods, we modern folk prefer to make resolutions exclusively about ourselves. At the beginning of this year, many of us began our ardent pursuit of ‘self-betterment’. Social […]


Maxing chillaxing: there is no need to have a busy summer

Is the Summer Plans talk truly harmless? ‘How was your summer?’ seems like one of the most harmless conversations you can have with friends after a long vacation. Yet, underneath accounts of exciting encounters in exotic places and productive time spent in big multinational companies is the frantic search for the kinds of opportunities that […]


A lost childhood? How the digital age is changing our brains

Childhood has changed. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery writes in the The Little Prince “All grown-ups were once children … but only few of them remember it.” Yet, whether adults remember how to be a child is becoming increasingly irrelevant, as the children of today have to contend with a plethora of issues that arguably thrust […]