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Finding comfort in fiction

When things are hard, novels are not the first place I go. Usually I will seek easier distraction through social media, television and junk food. But novels should be my first port of call. 

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The Dictionary of Lost Words

Who decides which words go in the Dictionary? Which words are left out? 

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Books you have to read before you die!

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Reading is a great way to escape the real world, immerse yourself in a magical fantasy, feed the brain, and also a great thing to do when you need to take time away from social media and technology. Whatever type of reader you are, a slow reader, an average reader, or a crazy book lover, this shortlist of books of the fantasy genre are some of my own personal favorites and are one’s that everyone has to read at least ONCE in their lives.

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'Christodora' and the New York novel canon

Christodora, Tim Murphy's 2016 debut novel, is the latest in the 'New York novel' canon: it deals with addiction, trauma, family relationships, LGBTQI+ identity, and the search for connection in a world that seeks to divide. 

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Book reflection: Gratitude - by Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks has always been one of my favourite writers. As a neurologist, his book, The man who mistook his wife for a hat is superbly written and details the many peculiar and bizarre neurological cases he’s studied through the years. His writing is also very insightful. The New York Times calls him the ‘poet laureate of medicine’. He was able to complete a few short essays before passing away from cancer in 2015. He was eighty-two.

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How joining a book club transformed my reading habits

In the past, I've struggled to make reading a consistent habit, until I joined a book club.

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WYD J.K Rowling

There is a long running debate about whether as a culture consumer, you can separate works of art (whether painting, literature, film, TV, music etc) from the life and views of its creator.

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Review: The Heart's Invisible Furies

John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies chronicles the life of Cyril Avery: his struggles, his loneliness, and his search for love and connection in all its forms.

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Review: The Education of an Idealist

An upside of quarantine is that I have been doing a lot more reading than I usually would. I always do a lot of reading attached to my PhD research, which can get tedious at times, but I have found myself devouring a non-study related book, The Education of an Idealist. 

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Review: Normal People - the series

Whether you're an avid fan or an active resister of Normal People, the acclaimed Sally Rooney novel, it doesn't really matter. Ultimately, the recent BBC Three and Hulu adaptation of the text transcends all sensibilities: it's an intimate portrayal of that profoundly human desire to connect with others and to feel a sense of belonging.

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