Eight Great Stories/Novels About Mental Illness

As part of my undergraduate degree, I studied a module called ‘Representing Madness,’ which examined the portrayal of mental illness in modern and 20th Century Literature. Apart from being an inspiring and insightful module in its own right, it also opened my eyes to some phenomenal works, which captured the extremes of human pain and resilience … More Eight Great Stories/Novels About Mental Illness

Book Sins – The Classics We Just Couldn’t Swallow

Let’s face it, from time to time we’re all guilty of a little bookish name-dropping; it shoots our street-cred from zero to hero and makes us feel just a little bit smarter than the average. So whether it’s Chaucer, Milton or Dostoevski, the sheer amount of time and effort put into reading these monster works … More Book Sins – The Classics We Just Couldn’t Swallow

Paper or Pixels: The Great Debate

For someone who loves reading as much as I do, the inevitable question always is: do you prefer print books or e-books? A recent study, published in The Los Angeles Times, found that 92% of college students overwhelmingly favoured pages to screens when asked about their reading preferences. University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, author of … More Paper or Pixels: The Great Debate

Watership Down – The Iliad Told from the Point-of-View of Rabbits

Author: Richard Adams Genre: Fantasy (Talking Animals) Publisher: Penguin Books UK, 1975 No. of Pages: 478. Like many books in my – ahem – modest collection, this was a charity shop bargain: hands down the best 40p I have ever spent in my life. I read it for the first time last summer, then, being … More Watership Down – The Iliad Told from the Point-of-View of Rabbits

“Always better to ask forgiveness than permission”

When I talk about The Inheritance Cycle to people, I mostly receive a blank look in return. Or, if the conversation is particularly affable, an accommodating nod, like this might be something they heard of once, long ago in the ether. When I say Eragon, the usual response is: ‘oh, yeah, I’ve seen the film,’ … More “Always better to ask forgiveness than permission”