Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield

Over 2,000 years ago the Persian empire, led by the great king Xerxes I, descended upon ancient Greece with the largest army the world had ever seen, ready to kill Western democracy in its cradle. Despite facing hopeless odds, the … Continue reading

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Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

At the time of writing, COVID-19, also known as Corona Virus, has the world tightly in its grip and the majority of us are refined to our homes, remaining in isolation in the hopes that we might be able to … Continue reading

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The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien

Okay, so I may have been on a bit of a Tolkien kick recently, but who can really blame me? The real world is so dreadfully dull, tedious and depressing, and it seems I can’t go five minutes without hearing … Continue reading

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

In 1945, author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was arrested and sentenced to eight years hard labour in a gulag for making anti-Stalin remarks in his private letters. Upon his release, Solzhenitsyn published a semi-autobiographical novel which allows readers to follow a day … Continue reading

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Beren and Lúthien – J.R.R. Tolkien (Edited by Christopher Tolkien)

J.R.R. Tolkien is rightfully considered the father of modern fantasy, and it’s not hard to see why. Taking inspiration from myths of old such as Beowulf and Grendel, Tolkien created a vast new land full of detail named Middle-Earth. Most … Continue reading

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Despite the fact I’ve owned a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird for years, and despite the fact that it’s one of the most famous and influential novels to come out of the United States, I confess that it took … Continue reading

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Fire and Fury – Michael Wolff

Regardless of what you think of Trump’s politics, it’s undeniable that No. 45 has proven to be one of the most controversial and talked about presidents of all time. Both critics and defenders have been arguing to the hilt since … Continue reading

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Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are two of Britain’s most beloved authors, and they’ve both proven their writing skill with the likes of Pratchett’s hugely successful Discworld novels and Gaiman’s Sandman comic series along with novels such as American Gods … Continue reading

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Mort – Terry Pratchett

Despite the fact that I’ve been reading from an early age, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never properly checked out Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series. Given that Pratchett critically acclaimed books appeal both to adults and children, it … Continue reading

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Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece – Stephen Fry

As I explained in my review of Norse Myths, both Greek and Norse mythology have always appealed to me because I find it much easier to accept the existence of a God when he/she are not depicted as being benevolent … Continue reading

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