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.
Abi Ramsay discusses the rising trend of modern retellings of Ancient Greek tales.
Francesca Lea discusses how books have become the nation’s favourite form of therapy in a stress-filled world.
Emily Cooper Smith Are you an avid reader who finds it hard to fathom why certain people dislike reading? For some, Aphantasia could be the answer. If I told you to think […]
I, like many people, buy books if they have pretty covers. This applies even if I already own a copy of said book. Leading me to have multiple copies of Pride and Prejudice, and even books I’m not fond of like Great Expectations. I counted 10 copies of Alice in Wonderland. Did I used to have an obsession with Alice in Wonderland? Yes. Do I now? No. Shouldn’t I be able to get rid of the excess copies? No, they mean too much.
Goodreads is a book tracking app that lets you find new books then read and review them, neatly putting them on shelves after you have completed them.
I used to have enough books to fill two tall bookshelves. In the summer of 2017, I donated almost all of them. It might seem like a bizarre twist of logic but getting rid of my books made me more of a reader.
The heart of World Book Day is encouraging book haters to become book lovers, to tackle the elitist stereotypes around reading, to give a child a form of escapism. How can we not justify this scheme being useful for adults?
In the era of Amazon, who can resist a text “recommended for you”? But with each *click*, metadata expands and a cycle of the same books fill our shelves. However, long before Kamila Shamsie’s female-forward challenge to publishers, Ann Morgan uncovered yet another void in our literary marketplace.
Literary tourism is booming. Between 2016-17, 1 in 4 Brits went beyond the pages of their favourite books at one of the UK’s literary hotspots, whilst over half of us are actively interested in exploring one.