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Review: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Dolly Alderton’s long-awaited debut novel is a perceptive and entertaining reflection on modern romance, female friendship and growing older. Acting almost as a fictional companion to her non-fiction memoir, Everything I Know About Love, released in 2018 to critical acclaim, Ghosts contemplates many of the themes which have earned Alderton her status as ‘the voice of the millennial generation’. Continue reading Review: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

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Review: Beneath the Waves

As the mornings grow colder, the nights longer, and it feels like there are perpetual grey skies threatening months of rain, sometimes all you can do is put on your most threadbare pyjamas and snuggle up with a good book. However, with deadlines looming and online University being weirdly more stressful than the real thing, considering I’m attending in said pyjamas, what I really need is a slither of a good story. A short story, so to speak. Sculpting a believable and captivating world in a handful of pages is a difficult thing to get right, but fellow Exeter student Daisy Ella does just that in her first self-published story, Beneath the Waves. Continue reading Review: Beneath the Waves

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Reviews in Retrospect: Rafiki

Wanuri Kahiu’s 2018 feature film Rafiki is an intimate portrayal of forbidden love. Banned in Kenya for its representation of a same-sex couple, the film received global critical acclaim for its unapologetic and lyrical depiction of queer love in a country that criminalises homosexuality. Based on the Ugandan short story “Jambula Tree” by Monica Arac de Nyeko, Rafiki follows the story of Kena and Zita, … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: Rafiki

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Review: Ratched – Peaches and Screams

Highly anticipated since its trailer release back in August as the newest entry into the Ryan Murphy-verse, Ratched certainly fits the doctor’s prescription as thrilling, grisly and daringly clever. Acquainted with the grim and gruesome from her time with Murphy as a series lead in American Horror Story, Sarah Paulson is perfect for the sharp unpredictability of Mildred Ratched as the series (an unofficial prequel … Continue reading Review: Ratched – Peaches and Screams

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Review: Emily in Paris

Netflix’s new comedy-drama Emily in Paris, created by Darren Star (Beverely Hills, 90210, Sex and the City), is what happens when the over-romanticisation of Paris meets the under-representation of female screen characters with any depth or originality. Sorry, maybe that’s a bit harsh. But you can’t set a TV show in an iconic European city and make the premise of said show about how many … Continue reading Review: Emily in Paris

Review: Criminal UK

*Spoiler Alert* Season 2 of Criminal UK has just come out on Netflix and, while it may be just what we need right now to distract us from our post-summer COVID-19 self-pity party, the premise of some of the episodes is slightly troubling – and not just in the way that they are supposed to be. Each episode follows a different suspect with the same … Continue reading Review: Criminal UK

Review: Enola Holmes

Enola Holmes was certainly hotly anticipated before its release on Netflix, and it seems that fuss is still far from dying down. The idea of another film adaptation was made exciting by the realisation that this one would feature a woman at the front and centre, one with real character development, backstory and drive. My only anxiety was waiting impatiently to see if this could be pulled off, but I needn’t have worried; it did not disappoint! Continue reading Review: Enola Holmes

Review: The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story

Whilst recently watching the ITV drama Des, based on the serial killer Dennis Nilsen, I was shocked to learn that institutional homophobia was perhaps the reason that Nilsen’s crimes were hidden for so long. Although a very different case, I saw similar themes emerging within Chris Wilson’s BBC Two documentary series The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story, which reported on the horrific crimes of notorious serial killer Harold Shipman. Continue reading Review: The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story