Review: ‘The Lucky Ones’ by Julianne Pachico

A series of offbeat but polished tales set in Colombia and New York City, Julianne Pachico’s debut short-story collection The Lucky Ones, takes as its impetus the subject of luck, and its division amongst humanity. The seemingly clear-cut distribution of luck in the opening pages is quickly brought into question however, with Pachico often considering […]

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A Novel Form of Revenge

“Let me tell you why I hate critics”, begins Geoffrey Braithwaite, the protagonist of Julian Barnes’ novel, Flaubert’s Parrot, in one chapter. A common sentiment, surely, for any literature student or paranoid narcissist. The ire of Geoffrey Braithwaite, a fanatical investigator of all things to do with the French realist novelist, Gustave Flaubert, is, however, […]

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Review: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

“I’m hearing pillow talk of deadly intent and I’m terrified by what awaits me, by what might draw me in.” So begins Ian McEwan’s most recent novel, Nutshell, a work which both fascinates and disturbs through its unique perspective on a malicious death. Despite first-impressions, the voice McEwan creates is not that of a lover, […]

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Review: ‘LinguaMania’ at the Ashmolean

In the uncertain global climate of 2017, there is more need than ever for us to celebrate diversity, find common connections and communicate with each other, and what better way to do so than through a shared exploration and appreciation of languages? This was the premise of the Ashmolean Museum’s ‘Live Friday’ programme entitled LinguaMania. […]

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