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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Most people are either not aware or don’t care that the most pressing and revolutionary change in our world is right on our doorstep. The advance and rise of the machines. Homo Deus is a book that tells the story of what happens next with the human species based on […]

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The Red House

The Red House by Mark Haddon is a domestic drama that gets right under the skin of family life. The idea of ‘family’ takes on an intimate, shockingly beautiful and grotesque patina in this book. The story centres around a brother and sister and their respective families, who take a […]

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A Visit From The Goon Squad

This fictional novel by Jennifer Egan is an insight into American life from the 1960’s onwards. A kaleidoscope of relationships, strong personalities and memories all jolting back and forth in time.  Themes covered in the book include family dysfunction, communication breakdown, desire and love, death and ageing. All of these […]

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The Sense of an Ending

This book is about Tony Webster and his friends who get a privileged academic education in 50’s London. However, they get their real education from a series of devastating events. The truth about these is slowly revealed over the course of time. Fiction writing often takes this tack, however this […]

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He Korero: Words Between Us

This is the story of how language was first recorded on paper in New Zealand. Prior to Pakeha (white settlers) coming to New Zealand, there was only spoken Maori language. When Pakeha arrived to New Zealand, they brought with them things that the Maori had never seen before: cows, sheep, […]

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So…You’re a Creative Genius, Now What?

Creative people can be slightly strange. It’s a calling card, look at David Bowie and Frank Zappa. A blog post by the Author Carl King Ten Myths About Introverts, had gone viral. It seemed to hit a massive nerve with a lot of people, myself included. It seemed that there […]

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The Tree That Bleeds

In February 1997, a riot shook China to its core which reverberated across the world. This riot, between the Han and Uighur ethnic groups, took place in the town of Yining. At the time, western media were denied entry and relied upon grainy smuggled footage and shaky testimonials.  Eyewitness accounts […]

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Carspotting

In the 70s and 80s, Irvine Welsh and his pal Sandy Macnair terrorised many sleepy towns throughout Britain. This is a tale of their encounters with British Rail, the Polis and the bottom of hundreds of whisky bottles. For the most part, this is an outrageously funny, readable, and very […]