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Moranifesto

I think we can all safely agree that 2016 has been a tumultuous year and that it will be a long time before we recover from all of the heartache, shock, stress and confusion. Reading Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto when the year has, painfully slowly, drawn to a close proves a […]

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The Lost Tudor Princess

Margaret Tudor was the daughter of Princess Margaret Tudor and Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus; born on 7th October 1515, she was the niece of King Henry VIII and third in the line of English succession. Given her important status at the Tudor Court, it is surprising that her story […]

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The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

William Dalrymple, whose previous works include White Mughals, is one of the foremost historians of early British involvement in South-East Asia. The Return of a King focuses on the first British battle for Afghanistan in 1839-42, where the British military under the command of the East India Company, reinstated Shah Shuja to replace […]

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The Third Reich in History And Memory

It is uncommon to meet someone with no knowledge of who Hitler was and his Nazi Germany; over the past seventy years the Third Reich has both shocked and fascinated people as the public memory and historiographical research has changed and expanded. The many facets of the Nazi regime are […]

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The Woman Under the Ground

Megan Taylor’s first collection of short stories in The Woman Under the Ground is both captivating and disturbing at the same time. All thirteen stories exhibit a brilliant foray into the slightly unseemly topics of our society. These include post-natal depression, childhood abandonment, infanticide and schizophrenia. Fractured relationships are an […]

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I Am China

I Am China is the story of a young Scottish girl, Iona Kirkpatrick, who is given the task of translating a package of Chinese documents consisting of letter and diary entries by a British publicist, Jonathan Barker, who is hoping to uncover something exciting. As she delves into the translation, […]

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Prime Deception

Smart, beautiful, talented Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car and is presumed to have committed suicide. We learn that Lorna was a young intern at 10 Downing Street and had an affair with the Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Lloyd. When their affair fizzled out, Lorna was approached by […]

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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

McBride’s debut novel tells the story of the relationship between the protagonist and her older brother who has a brain tumour. We learn that the brother has had his tumour from a young age and that it debilitates him throughout his school life and early twenties until his death. Throughout, […]