A Pin to See the Peepshow – F Tennyson Jesse

There is nothing like opening an old book. Dark yellow pages, brittle glue, folded corners. This particular book was bound together with Sellotape and given to me on the premise it was an all-time favourite. A big promise. But it completely lived up to this. After a bit of a slow start, this book has […]

Christmas reads

Is there anything better than sitting snug by the Christmas tree with a book? I don’t think so. I enjoyed reading a wide variety of books over the Christmas period, all different but all brilliant! The Midnight Library by Matt Haig I loved the Midnight Library, it was just what I needed to read over […]

October 2020 reads

Last week I handed in my final piece of work for my MA in Creative Writing! A 40,000 manuscript, 40,000 words which I had poured my heart and soul into for five months. I spent most of the last month sat at my desk, but I did manage to read a few books. The novesl […]

The New Banal: Contemporary Fiction’s Interest in the Ordinary

A discussion on Sally Rooney’s Conversation with Friends  and  John William’s Stoner The Collins English Dictionary defines the banal as something that is “so ordinary that it is not effective or interesting” (“Definition of ‘banal’”). Yet, there has been movement in contemporary fiction towards pieces focused on the ordinary and employing the techniques of literary realism. Literature has become […]


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