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Male neutrality and female bodies in Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”
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Male neutrality and female bodies in Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”


The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985 before I was born, yet even today this novel holds an extremely terrifying place in contemporary politics surrounding women’s bodies and bodily autonomy. The red and white aesthetic of the handmaids in Atwood’s novel has become protest colours across the U.S. and the world at large. The novel … Continue reading

“Queenie”: a review of Candice Carty-Williams’ novel about female mental health
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“Queenie”: a review of Candice Carty-Williams’ novel about female mental health


NOTE: discussions about mental health and miscarriage Candice Carty-Williams’ novel Queenie is set in a London that is very different from other novels I have read set there. It is set in a London with racial tensions and diversity alongside gentrification and poverty. For me, Carty-Williams’ London is truer to the ‘real’ London I have … Continue reading

“On The Come Up” Review: a close look at racial tensions and gang violence in Angie Thomas’ new novel
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“On The Come Up” Review: a close look at racial tensions and gang violence in Angie Thomas’ new novel


On The Come Up is Angie Thomas’ second novel. Her first, The Hate U Give, was a runaway success and was also adapted for film. Thomas’ first novel was amazing and the outstanding reviews and its reception from around the globe are a testament to her writing abilities. With that kind of first-time success, producing … Continue reading

Millennials and Money: a review of Sally Rooney’s “Conversations With Friends”
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Millennials and Money: a review of Sally Rooney’s “Conversations With Friends”


Conversations With Friends was Sally Rooney’s debut novel published in 2017. Set in Ireland, the story follows the closely-knit and complicated relationships of Frances and Bobbi, who are both university students in their early 20s, and Melissa and Nick, a married couple in their early 30s. With these two couples, Rooney already offers up a … Continue reading

“The Crofter and the Laird”: an insight to Scottish Island life
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“The Crofter and the Laird”: an insight to Scottish Island life


The Crofter and the Laird is a different kind of travel memoir. John McPhee travels to the Scottish island of Colonsay with his family to get closer to his own family’s Scottish roots. As someone with there own expatriated Scottish roots growing up in Australia, I felt a strange connection to McPhee’s book. My father … Continue reading

“When All Is Said”: a review of Anne Griffin’s knockout debut novel
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“When All Is Said”: a review of Anne Griffin’s knockout debut novel


Note: plot spoilers and discussions of death by suicide. In February this year, I had the chance to go to Ireland for a long weekend. I’ve been threatening to visit Ireland for years and it was amazing to finally be able to make that happen. Ireland is full of amazing literary nooks and even the … Continue reading

Aging horror and Indigenous stories: a review of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary”
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Aging horror and Indigenous stories: a review of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary”


Stephen King published his novel Pet Sematary in 1983, which makes the novel almost 40 years old. The plot hinges on a universal human desire: to beat death and to keep hold of the ones we love. However, like many novels and legends before it, bringing things back from the dead doesn’t always go as … Continue reading