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The Rise of Female Dystopias

Over the past few decades, the literary world has seen a surge in the production of dystopian fiction, so much so that is has become iconic in 21st century popular culture. Though the origins of the dystopian novel can date back to the 19th century, with many considering E.M. Foster as its pioneer, dystopian fiction is a genre that has continued to evolve. In the noughties, for instance, the literary category was dominated by the emergence of a number of young adult dystopian series such as Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, James Dashner’s The  Maze Runner and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. However, in more recent years, dystopian fiction seems to have embarked upon a new, predominantly female trajectory. Continue reading The Rise of Female Dystopias

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In My Good Books: ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans, published in 2012, is a timeless tragic romance. This novel combines quaint domestic harmony with crime and grief as Stedman tells the story of a husband and wife’s search for happiness. It narrates the tale of a mother’s desperation for a child of her own and the frangible line between right and wrong. Admittedly, I was not captivated by the slow … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman

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In My Good Books: ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris

 “You will honour them by staying alive, surviving this place and telling the world what happened here.”

Based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris, follows the harrowing memories of an Auschwitz prisoner. It captures the true experience of Lale as he battles for survival and yet finds love in the midst of chaos. Each reader becomes truly invested in the day to day battles of Lale and Gita, as love and friendship prove as essential to survival as physical needs. Heather Morris recounts the intricate relationships and business affairs of Lale Sokolov as he bargains, begs and befriends his way to survival. Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris

Razz’s Summer Reads

Your phone is in aeroplane mode, your best mate has started snoring on your shoulder after one too many airport cocktails, it’s the perfect time to grab a paperback and start your holiday off with the perfect novel. If you’re at a loose end with exams over, or just can’t face the graduate job search today, here is a list of 5 great reads to … Continue reading Razz’s Summer Reads

The Paddon Award 2018

Our university is bursting with artistic students, from those who are active members of music, drama and art societies to those who take a more personal and introverted approach to their art.  On Tuesday 27th March I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Paddon Award ceremony; a small, intimate event which recognises artistic talent among the students here at the University of Exeter. Inspired … Continue reading The Paddon Award 2018

In My Good Books: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

Acclaimed as the modern Hamlet, Ian McEwan reaches Shakespearean levels of genius in his recent novel, Nutshell. The first McEwan novel I read was Atonement, a timeless war-time romance that entranced me. Yet, McEwan has proved that he is unlimited in his ability to master every genre of literature. It is therefore unsurprising that The Daily Telegraph included McEwan in the list of the “100 … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan