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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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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Dune – Frank Herbert

Many readers consider Frank Herbert’s Dune to be to the sci-fi genre what Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is to fantasy. The world building is top tier and readers soon find themselves sucked into a new world that feels … Continue reading

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Animal Farm – George Orwell

Animal Farm

At a glance, one could be forgiven for assuming that Animal Farm is just a nice children’s story about a group of farmyard animals who, tired of being treated unfairly by their master, rise up to run the farmer out … Continue reading

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick Suskind

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When we think of which senses are most valuable to us, our sense of smell usually takes a back seat. The idea of losing our sense of sight or hearing is terrible, how would we be able to be aware … Continue reading

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Norse Myths – Kevin Crossley-Holland

Norse Myths

I’ve always found religion to be a deeply fascinating subject. Personally I consider myself an agnostic who leans towards atheism but I’m well aware that there’s as much proof for god existing as there is for Him/Her/It/Them not existing. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

Advancements in technology and medicine means that, when it comes to your physical health, there’s never been a better time to be alive. People living in the West don’t have to give a second thought to ailments that could easily … Continue reading

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Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

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“He broke my heart. You merely broke my life.” Lolita is a book that I’ve had on my reading list for years. It’s a modern classic and, just from from the few quotes I’d seen from the book, it was … Continue reading

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Alan Partridge: Nomad – Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan)

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Alan Partridge is back, and this time he’s documenting his epic journey that saw him traveling across (some parts of) Britain, and he’s keen to stress, it was not for charity. If you’re unfamiliar with Alan Partridge then the first … Continue reading

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