When she's not drowning in the workload from her French and Russian degree, Sophie enjoys reading, yoga, ballet and writing. You can usually find her staying up all night in the throes of an existential crisis or in your nearest bookshop.
Columns Must Read Voraciously to Improve Style

Must Read Voraciously To Improve Style: The Dead Never Truly Die

“Of course, continuing to feel close to a departed loved one is a natural human reaction to the brutal and often unfathomable idea of them being gone forever. However, other than for the devoted Mrs Danvers, Rebecca was not loved…”
Sophie Benbelaid gives her thoughts on Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic mystery novel.

Columns Must Read Voraciously to Improve Style

Must Read Voraciously to Improve Style: Is Elio and Oliver’s leisure idleness or Proustian introspection?

In the first instalment of her column, Must Read Voraciously To Improve Style, Sophie Benbelaid looks at parallels between Elio and Oliver in Call Me By Your Name and Proustian introspection.

Current Affairs

UK scientists suggest face masks should be worn outdoors

Early last week, the British government announced that the UK’s total Covid-19 death count exceeded 100,000 people, making us the fifth country globally and the first in Europe to achieve such a sorrowful milestone. Hitting such a depressing statistic raises question of how we might prevent this figure from continuing to climb at such an Read More…

Cultures Literature

Why Arnold Bennett is my new favourite Bennet(t) – sorry, Elizabeth

” “Considering I only slept 2 hours last night, I was in astonishingly creative form to-day”. I immediately thought that these were the words of an enlightened genius.”

Sophie Benbelaid is certainly not one afraid of burning the midnight oil and in Arnold Bennet she finds a great affinity