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Book Review: Rachael Allen’s Kingdomland

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Bethany Mitchell.   Rachael Allen’s much anticipated first full collection of poetry (published in January this year by Faber and Faber) does not disappoint. With characteristic bluntness and fantastic attention to imagery, her poems are luminous and astonishing. At times, Allen’s poems are abstract, …

Book review- ‘A Poem For Every Night of the Year’

This blog was written by second year English student, Emily Hall. If you are a poetry lover, you need to buy this book. If you know a poetry lover, you need to buy them this book! It was given to me by my mum just before Christmas and is absolutely wonderful. The title is rather …

Doctor Thorne

This blog was written by final year English student, Jade Braham. Author: Anthony Trollope Published: 1858 Rating: 4/5 Having seen the ITV’s mini-series of Anthony Trollope’s Doctor Thorne I was inspired to read his novel.  Published in 1858, it is the third novel in Trollope’s series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. The principal story …

Book Review: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

This blog was written by first year English student, Sasha Gardner. Having spent the past few months reading those texts deemed ‘canonical’ by the University of Nottingham English department, I was on the hunt for something a little more light-hearted and current. I found Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader, a pocket-sized paperback lining the tills …

Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Holly Humphreys. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an absolute brick of a novel; a gruelling journey of 720 pages each brimming with gorgeous, intricate prose. Despite the book’s size I found myself itching to read more every time I had to …

Book Review: The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

This blog was written by first year English student, Sasha Gardner. With the release of the latest book in Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch series (First Prize for The Worst Witch), fans of all ages have been revisiting these delightful stories recounting the trials and triumphs of Mildred Hubble, the most disaster-prone witch Cackle’s Academy has ever …

Review on the power of prejudice in Harper Lee’s, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

This blog post was written by first year English student, Harriet Mills. To Kill A Mockingbird was the novel that made me see that books are about way more than just the plot or ‘telling a story.’ After reading such a powerful book that explores the power of stereotypes and contextually the deep-rooted injustice within …

Harry Potter and the Library of Nostalgia

This blog post was written by first year English student, Polly Moss. Having reread the first Harry Potter book over Easter for my course, I was struck both by how nostalgic the book made me, as well as how far it was possible to continue to appreciate the series as both a child and as …

Book review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This blog post was written by second year English and Philosophy student, Emily Patel. I don’t read much for pleasure outside of my studies, sadly, but going on holiday recently gave me the chance to delve into a book. I got a few books for Christmas, and I decided to start with ‘Never Let Me …