Duncan Versus the Googleys

I wish I’d read this book sooner, it’s so full of weird and wonderful joy – something we all need right now. Duncan Versus the Googleys by Kate Milner is a middle-grade fun fest that I read in two sessions; Perfect for reading out loud to the kids (or big kids) who are currently stuck […]

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Lost

Having just seen Parasite, I was shocked by how much a children’s book could remind me of some of the themes. Lost deals with the issue of class divisions in a way that is both accessible and thoroughly moving. Lost is an adventure story, a coming of age tale, a book about family strife and […]

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Tender is the Flesh

With all the social media that I’ve seen about Tender is the Flesh, I went in expecting something great, and wanting to be able to criticise. However, on the last part, I was unsuccessful. This short novel by Agustina Bazterrica depicts Marcos, a man whose wife is “staying with her sister”, whose child has recently […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2019

Yes, it’s that time again, where film reviewers bring out their top films lists of the previous year. I hope you enjoy mine! No spoilers this time! 10. The Last Black Man in Sanfrancisco Last Black Man has knocked Knives Out off the tenth spot by its sheer beauty, emotion and humour. For the first […]

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…Ten Novels of the Decade (one for each year)

This is a very personal list. It does not (by any means) fully represent my taste in books. I’m only including fiction books and they are ordered by publication year, not by the year I read them! Let me know in the comments of via Twitter if I’ve named any of your favourites! 2010 – […]

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Remembrance of Hope (Poem)

Try as she mustered,There’s no weeding out fakes,Staring into darkness,Blueness descends on those awake. She sleepwalks through morning,Slumped over her muddled desk,The collapsing red giant, Setting in the west. A faded white circle,Is her remembrance of hope,Glue residue – a sticky reminder,Peeling off her tear stained coat. A pariah in the canteen,She holds her resentful […]

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…Ten Films of the Decade (one for each year)

This is a very personal list. It does not (by any means) fully represent my taste in films – in fact, there are some glaring omissions. For example, there is no Nolan in this list, no Charlie Kaufman and no animation (Ghibli or otherwise.) This is also not a “films that represent the decade” list […]

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…Quadratic Equations (a refresher)

For those of you who know me personally, you’ll know that I have been tutoring maths for six years – GCSE and A-Level. Some people my age, or even just those past GCSE level, tell me they can’t remember how to do some things – so I’m hoping to use REFRESHERS to renew your memories […]

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…Cold Case Hammarskjöld (the 2019 doc to watch out for)

The one film I really wanted to see at the LFF – but couldn’t make – was Cold Case Hammarskjöld, directed and written by Mads Brügger. There are many advantages to having Paul (of Screen Mayhem and One Good Thing Podcast) as a best friend, but one of them is access to the press BFI […]

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…Four and a Half Films at the LFF

This year I saw five films at the London Film Festival: Wounds, Jo Jo Rabbit, The Lighthouse, Knives out and…the surprise film! Here I look at each one, giving my opinions on which you have to keep an eye out for. Wounds Director/Writer: Babak Anvari Starring: Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz After a fight […]

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