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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

How sport has started to become more player-centric

It is relatively standard to be asked who you support, for any given sport, however this question is almost always referring to a specific team rather than a specific player. The biggest sport leagues in the world all connect each team to a particular location,

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

An Article About Not Writing Articles

The amount of free time I’ve had over the past three weeks is abnormally huge because of the coinciding of the quarantine and my Easter term break. Going into the holiday, I had tons of things I thought I could do now that I had

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

Phillip K. Dick: A Man Before His Time

From his theories about AI to reenvisioned history, Phillip K. Dick was one of the most constantly inventive and complex writers of his time. For many, however, his ideas were too bold and experimental to be considered seriously by America’s elite novelists; like the setting of so many of his stories, Phillip K. Dick was before his time.

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