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The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead’s tale is one of persistence and bravery. The Underground Railroad follows Cora, a slave from Georgia born into a life of suffering and the desire to escape to freedom. As introductions go, Cora comes from a line of strong women, her grandmother Ajarry, stolen from her West African village, ferociously protective of her… Continue reading The Underground Railroad

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Love Story

We are surrounded by love stories before we even learn to read; fairy tales and Disney princesses condition our expectations of true love. It’s an emotion that influences every tale, evert text and narrative as we try to define this complex emotion. Erich Segal’s Love Story is an American classic, Jenny and Oliver are an… Continue reading Love Story

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The Little Paris Bookshop

Sometimes I feel as though I can never find a good book, that’s probably why I reread my favourites again and again. But when I spotted The Little Paris Bookshop sat upon the shelves, I thought I couldn’t go too wrong. The Little Paris Bookshop was an encapsulating read, comfortably set within a bookshop itself… Continue reading The Little Paris Bookshop

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The Help

Having just picked up The Help for the fifth time, I thought it was worthwhile putting pen to paper as to why I keep coming back to this book. There’s something unique to Stockett’s writing that transports you instantly back to 1960’s Mississippi. Whether it’s Skeeter, Aibileen or Minny narrating we’re pulled back to a… Continue reading The Help

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The Handmaid’s Tale

  To continue the dystopian literature of 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale is another incredible story of resilience and hope in a new world. We follow Offred¬†in the religious land of Gilead, living the life of a handmaid. Offred has the rare ability to bear a child and must attempt to conceive with her commander. She… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale

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In A Land Of Paper Gods

Stuck between two worlds, Ming-Mei arrives at Lushan, a boarding school for missionary children in the mountain tops of China’s Jiangxi Province. Ming-Mei lies forgotten, as does her forbidden Chinese tongue; she is Henrietta Robertson a girl of British missionary parents teaching the gospel to the people of China. Yet something mysterious occurs to Dormitory¬†A,… Continue reading In A Land Of Paper Gods