Generation Z has come to be known for our progressive and inclusive sentiments, our desire for driving change in various aspects of our society.
Reading “A Room of One’s Own” in 2023
Josh Povall Nearly 100 years on, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own is as pertinent as ever in the era of Andrew Tate. I received a copy of A Room of […]
Tracking, Goals, and Sprints – When Did Reading Become a Competition?
It has become routine at the end of the year for the online book community to fill the internet discussing whether or not they have reached their yearly book goal. Staggering figures such as 200 or 300 books read are increasingly common.
In Defence of the Romance Novel
Marti Stelling From Jilly Cooper to Colleen Hoover, it’s time to stop calling romance novels lowbrow. Romance novels are relevant at any time of year. During December, bookshops are lined with festive […]
Sonny Hall’s ‘The Blues comes with good news’: A New Poetry of the Modern Age?
Sonny Hall’s poetic success has come seemingly out of nowhere: his debut collection, published in April 2019, went on to sell over 1.5 thousand copies within its first few months of release. But what is it about this new collection which has attracted so many, and what does it mean for poetry in a modern age?
‘Purist and Elementary’: Issues of Censorship and Book Banning
Leah Golder discusses the reality of book banning and censorship.
To what extent should we have a creative licence?
‘Public Domain Day’, otherwise known as New Year’s Day , marks the expired copyright on texts entering the public domain. A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to name a few released in 2022. The significance of giving way to creative licence can be seen in the development since The Great Gatsby’s release in the US in 2021, with 34 new print editions published in the past year and the development of a television adaptation by Michael Hirst.
Stories within Stories: Secondhand Books
Secondhand books don’t often have much financial value. However, last year 54 million used books were sold online in the UK. So, what is the appeal? Don’t get me wrong, I love a shiny, previously unopened paperback from time to time but there is something about secondhand books that captures me more.
The Brave New World of Cover Design and Audience
We are living in an age of book covers that pander to social media users, viewing their prospective purchases on small smartphone screens. Publishers have to know their particular audience, and their books must be able to catch your eye immediately. But must universal success always come in the form of bold strokes of bright colour and block titles that swallow up the page?
The Resurgence of the ‘Cosy Crime’ Genre
When the dulcet tones of Boris Johnson graced our screens in March 2020, we gathered anxiously around the television, waiting for the grim truth that we all knew was coming. Rolling out before us was a weary drain of time – weeks and months of uncertainty, wandering around the same muddy field, dreading the unrelenting enthusiasm of Joe Wicks, glancing at one another as if to say is it too early for a glass of wine?. As doors locked and days opened up, we settled onto our sofas and looked for something to do.