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17 03, 2018

Book of The Week: The Idiot Brain

2018-03-17T11:14:50+00:00 March 17th, 2018|Categories: Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , , |

The Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett Ever walked into a room and immediately forgotten why you were headed in there at all? Wondered why our own bodies inflict motion sickness or unnerving nightmares on us? The answers are in this book - and they're a little ridiculous. Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist who shares his [...]

24 02, 2018

Book of The Week: The Trouble With Women

2018-02-24T12:59:20+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Categories: Staff Picks|Tags: , |

The Trouble With Women by Jacky Fleming This book is a hilarious, thought-out satire from cover to cover. It drips in sarcasm framed as the only explanations for historical occurrences we may, (or may not), be fully acquainted with. Where were women at the dawn of recorded history? Perhaps they had not been invented yet. [...]

10 02, 2018

Book of The Week: The Bell Jar

2018-02-10T11:32:40+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , , |

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath   Esther lives in New York. She works as a writer and socialises with the most elite circles a woman can hope to. Her life seems like something she ought to be proud of and content with, until you walk a mile in her shoes. Everywhere Esther turns she [...]

3 02, 2018

Book of The Week: The Wrath & The Dawn

2018-02-03T12:00:54+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

  The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh Shahrzad's best friend is the latest victim of Khorasan's sombre young ruler, Khalid. Every day, without explanation, he takes a wife and by sunrise the next morning, she is hanged. Shahrzad wants to break that cycle, and kill Khalid. She volunteers herself, and with her wits [...]

2 12, 2017

Book Of The Week: Last Minute Rooms in Bethlehem

2017-12-02T12:56:22+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

Last Minute Rooms in Bethlehem (And Other Great Internet Search Histories of The Past) by Dale Shaw   Have you ever wondered what Karl Marx, Mary and Joseph, Pablo Picasso or Boudica would have, if they could have, typed into Google? Are you curious about Cinderella's search history (Do I have PTSD?), God's (Best size [...]

25 11, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #6 • Never Let Me Go

2017-11-25T11:41:07+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a rare discovery because when it haunts you, you welcome it. The story revolves around the short and entwined lives of Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy; the last of whom explains everything from her perspective - from early childhood to the age of thirty. Kathy is a carer, [...]

18 11, 2017

Book of The Week: Uglies

2017-11-18T10:33:57+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , |

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld   Tally's life doesn't begin, in her opinion, until she turns sixteen. When she turns sixteen, she will undergo a mandatory, life-changing series of brutal operations, and be spat out the other side of it fully transformed from an Ugly to a Pretty. Pretties live glorious lives of celebrity, luxury... and [...]

11 11, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #5 • Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

2017-11-12T18:08:03+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Kids, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse belongs to a new breed of children’s book. Its seamless double-act of words and art by Chris Riddell is an indication of the depth in storytelling that it offers readers; each page is rich with the story's magic, and that’s captivating. While turning the purple-tipped pages of [...]

4 11, 2017

Book of The Week: Get Me The Urgent Biscuits

2017-11-03T15:56:53+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Categories: News, Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

Get Me The Urgent Biscuits by Sweetpea Slight   This is the story of how Jane became Sweetpea. Swept up at age 18 by the whirlwind world of theatre, a glorious cacophony propelled by people larger than life and more eccentric than the characters on stage, Sweetpea recounts the true story of how she met [...]

28 10, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #4 • A Clockwork Orange

2017-10-26T12:19:36+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, News, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

First and foremost, this is a book only recommended for adults. Trust me. The saving grace in regards to the now-infamous horror between the pages of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is that, through the narrator, everything from milk-drinking to ultra-violence is filtered. While civilians are terrorised by each other in Burgess' dystopia, these [...]