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Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman

I've been looking forward to sinking my teeth into this book since I first spotted it's shiny, red, propaganda style cover. The novel has stormed the book charts, snapped up the women's prize for fiction and been hailed a modern triumph in the press. Flipping gender power dynamics in a sharp twist of narrative, Naomi… Continue reading Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman

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Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 takes us into the heart of a world where knowledge has been outlawed. People are consistently brainwashed by giant tv screens fitted to the walls in their homes. Everyone is desensitised, conversations are sound bites and books are banned. The story follows Montag, a fireman who's role is to  root out books and… Continue reading Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

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Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Finally, I've read Lord of the Flies after years of people making reference to it in conversation and me laughing along like I know what they're talking about. William Golding's classic novel examines civilisation verses savagery and how quickly morality can dissipate when there is no one to exact justice. The story follows a group… Continue reading Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

American Gods is an investigation into religion, consumerism and how a society forms and supports ever changing systems of belief. It tackles huge ideas from the perspective of Shadow a coin trick performing ex-con seemingly plucked from obscurity. As the novel progresses he also reveals himself to be caring, sensitive and perceptive, he’s decidedly well-read… Continue reading Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

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Writing Wednesday: Creative Manifestos

Writing anything in the age of the internet is as much about how you promote it as it is about content. Knowing what you're selling and how to sell it is key to building your following. Manifestos are a brilliant resource for writers to hone their ability to persuade. A great manifesto can convince, uplift… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Creative Manifestos

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Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

You've got a fantastic idea, you know your characters better than your family, the twists and turns in your plot are guaranteed to have your readers enthralled. You sit down to write your opening line and no matter what you do, your beginning reads like a soggy beige pancake. We've all been there, luckily there… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

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Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf 

Having picked up three books in three days without having my imagination captured I was beginning to embrace the reading slump and come to terms with the notion I may never read and enjoy a book again. In a state of quiet disillusionment I started reading A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. People… Continue reading Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf