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James Bailey: The Flip Side

Some things seem just too good to be true, like James Bailey’s debut book being billed as the ‘laugh-out loud romantic comedy of the year’. Is it really possible that an unknown author could be worthy of such accolade? This is what Berkeley Squares set

Adam Burns: American Imperialism

You would be forgiven for not expecting America to have an imperialist past, or indeed present; after all, America’s foundations lie in liberating itself from the chains of imperialism. However, in his debut book published in 2017, Adam Burns, who lectures at the University of

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

Why this is now Trump’s election to win… or lose

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world to its core. Ultimately, this crisis will force countries to re-evaluate health, social and economic policy. Some countries, however, are closer to facing this reckoning than others. America is the country, at least among the G7, furthest

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