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Too Much Reality?!: Why technology is absent from literature

We have had mobile phones for almost fifty years, social media in some capacity for the last twenty, and the iPhone for thirteen. For most, day-to-day life is so bound together by technology that it is hard to discern the difference between the world we live in online and the one we physically inhabit. We Read More…

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Love, death and Quorn: vegetarianism in literature

Tolstoy, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Franz Kafka. Some of literature’s greatest, whose meat-free diets all beg the same question: how deep can getting Greggs’ vegan sausage roll really be? As it turns out, pretty deep. Hipsters and certain brands of vegan activism may have changed their image, but plant-based diets have roots as a subversive, anti-capitalist, Read More…

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Girl, Woman, Other: the multifaceted reality of Black British womanhood

Bernadine Evaristo opens her eighth novel with a dedication that reads: “For the sisters & the sistas & the sistahs & the sistren & the women & the womxn & the wimmin & the womyn & our brethren & our bredrin & our brothers & our bruvs & our men & our mandem & the Read More…

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Normal People: Simply A Classic

Me, an interviewer: “So, Mr William Self, esteemed author and journalist, what did you think of Normal People?” Mr Self, esteemed author and journalist: “I read a few pages of  Sally Rooney’s book. It may say things that millennials want to hear reflected back at them, but it’s very simple stuff with no literary ambition Read More…