The Children Act by Ian McEwan

I somehow missed out on the Ian McEwan prescription doled out to English Literature sixth-formers nation-wide. While my brother brought home Atonement and Enduring Love and On Chesil Beach in succession, my own teacher was more of a Margaret Atwood/Kate Atkinson fan, and so my first encounter with McEwan didn’t take place until 2014, almost […]

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Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Wolf in White Van made me ache. It resonated in deeply personal ways, that were tough to face head-on but impossible to ignore. John Darnielle’s writing is magnificent. I love the Mountain Goats beyond measure, so I experienced some hesitancy over whether the book could live up to my expectations, but I needn’t have worried. […]

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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader is an absolutely charming novella about the Queen coming across a mobile library and becoming an avid reader. The premise alone is wonderful, and the writing absolutely does it justice. I’d never read any Alan Bennett before, but after recently watching The Lady in the Van I remembered that this had been […]

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