Poetry Corner: Plath and Kaur

First of all, I would just like to say that I am not the biggest fan of poetry. I feel that I have to work hard to discover the meaning and inspiration behind each piece and, quite simply, I am just too lazy. However, as I gracefully approach 30, I felt I should dip my [...]

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Man Booker Prize Contenders: Lincoln in the Bardo

Title: Lincoln in the Bardo Author: George Saunders Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Date: March 2017 (This Edition) Synopsis: February 1862. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the [...]

Book Review: Heartstone

Title: Heartstone Author: C. J. Sansom Publisher: Pan Publishing Publication Date: September 2011 Synopsis: Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army [...]

Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air

Title: When Breath Becomes Air Author: Paul Kalanithi Publisher: Bodley Head Publication Date: Feb 2016 Synopsis: What makes a virtuous and meaningful life? Paul Kalanithi believed that the answer lay in medicine’s most demanding specialization, neurosurgery. Here are patients at their life’s most critical moment. Here he worked in the most critical place for human identity, the brain. What is [...]