Cultures Literature The Books That Made Me

Books That Made Me: The Phantom Tollbooth

In this latest instalment of the Books That Made Me Series, Matilda Houston-Brown discusses the children’s classic The Phantom Tolbooth. To her the book is memorable not only due to its amazingly quirkly characters, perfect puns and cutting-edge comedy but also because it taught her to love learning – a lesson she argues is important for every child.

Cultures Film & TV Literature Opinion

Normal people don’t do it like that

Senior Opinions Editor Amy Sankey analyses the assumptions we might make about female sexuality from novels such as Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’. To her, the novel’s title is misleading – the women we see, the lives they live, the sex they have, are actually not as ‘normal’ as they are made to seem.

Cultures Film & TV Literature

The Re-emergence of Middle-earth

‘The characters Tolkien created each demonstrate different aspects of the human condition, and as such they are all relatable. This is one of the key foundations of Tolkien’s popularity and one reason as to why there is such extensive excitement for all new content.’
Mia Clement dissects all the hype and anticipation surrounding Amazon’s super-secret Lord of the Rings series.

Cultures Literature The Books That Made Me

Books That Made Me: Hot Milk

For the next instalment of ‘The Books that Made Me’, Jennifer Goodier uses Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk to explain how relating personally to literary characters goes beyond just seeing parallels between their lives and yours. Her deep connection with Levy’s characters is powerful and real because it is based on emotion and learning to grow from emotional experience.

Book Inspired Playlists Cultures Literature Music

Book Inspired Playlists: Jack Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy

This new mini-series ‘Book Inspired Playlists’ aims to introduce us to literature through the medium of music, offering a voice those emotions and feelings that cannot be easily explained through words. First, Emily Poncia takes on Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy.