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Peter Ackroyd: Civil War

Unsurprisingly, the Stuart period has been written about extensively; after all, it laid the foundations for modern Britain through political, social and imperial experimentation. In 2014, Peter Ackroyd published his own interpretation of this period as part of his hugely ambitious six book series on

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Some novels reflect the time in which they are written whilst others contribute to shaping it. Stowe’s novel, the second best-selling of the 1800s following the Bible, does both. The aim of Stowe’s novel is self-evident and phrased by her sister-in-law as ‘mak[ing] this whole

Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess’ novel ‘A Clockwork Orange’ wrestles with the question of what makes us human. More precisely, it asks whether free will is an essential human quality. Burgess poses this question through the vessel of Alex, an extremely violent juvenile who is ultimately deprived of

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

(Spoilers) This year has seen a string of television shows being given the so-called ‘movie treatment’. Downton Abbey and Deadwood have both been brought back and soon David Chase’s ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ will be released in cinemas. El Camino marks Vince Gilligan revisiting

Parasite: A New Classic

  A quick note before you start reading: I’ve kept this article free of any major spoilers, but I’d still definitely recommend going into the film completely blind before coming back to read this page. It won’t go anywhere, and I can assure you that

Serial Experiments Lain: a Cult-Classic Sci-fi Masterpiece

  After the introspective and frankly weird Neon Genesis Evangelion exploded into mainstream popularity in the mid-90s, a world of opportunity opened. While more niche and interesting anime—everything aside from long-running, broadly appealing, and generally family-friendly shows—had previously been relegated to exclusively physical releases in the form

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