Masters | producing Tattoo

After having written an overview about the first year of my Master here, I wanted to go into more detail about the two books I worked on. The first was an anthology titled Tattoo and the second was a collection of works titled BSP Review: The Department of Noticing and Listening. This will be the…

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty| recently read

Big Little Lies is about a tragic event that takes place at Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night. A parent is dead but it is unknown who, how or why. Set in Sydney, Australia the story looks closely at the stories of three women (Celeste, Madeline and Jane), and the big little lies they tell and keep…

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Can a novel change you?

A little while ago I came across an interesting question: think of one book that has changed you as a person. I liked how open-ended it was. It could be answered simply or, taken to a place where a book helped to shape a person’s view. Initially I thought of Jenny Han’s The Summer I…

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Me Before You, After You & Still Me by Jojo Moyes | recently read

Me Before You Let me start off my saying that I have never cried more reading a book than I did reading the final chapters of this. Having seen the film adaption a couple of times I had familiarised myself with the characters and storyline. Although the book is written very simply, there is a…

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Essence by Hayley Gabrielle | recently read

Essence by Hayley Gabrielle is a young adult fantasy book and the first of The Essence Chronicles. This is Hayley’s debut-novel – and a good one at that.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak | recently read

‘They say that war is death’s best friend, but I must offer you a different point of view on that one. To me, war is like the new boss who expects the impossible. He stands over your shoulder repeating one thing incessantly. ‘Get it done, get it done.’ So you work harder. You get the…

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The power of the author | Alice Sebold

Established author Alice Sebold has a way with words; her writing style is unique and captivating. You may know her work from The Lovely Bones (2006), a novel later adapted into a highly successful film (2009) by Director Peter Jackson. I remember watching the film for the first time – it gave me nightmares for…

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov | recently read

The story follows the written diary confessions of Humbert Humbert (H.H.): a thirty-seven-year-old man who falls in love with Lolita, a twelve-year-old girl. The reader gains access to H.H.’s thoughts during the tumultuous events that take place as his lust, obsession and imagination get the better of him. Warning: spoilers ahead My rating: 4.5/5 When starting…

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell | recently read

– What is it about? – An exciting opportunity to create and write a TV sitcom arises for Georgie just before the Christmas holidays. A family trip with her husband Neal and two young children is all planned, yet Georgie chooses to stay for the job, with Neal deciding to take the children on holiday…

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Netflix: A Series of Unfortunate Events – Season One | recently viewed

For many, Netflix brought us joy and excitement through A Series of Unfortunate Events in a refreshingly new way. If you enjoy exploring a fictional tale of action and adventure then you will love this. It was everything I was hoping for from a much loved novel series growing up. It has the perfect mixture of…

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