The Kingdom of Books

Image description: Crowded stacks of second hand books Some places are just special, stamped with a cosmic seal of approval which is felt by anyone who visits: Hay-on-Wye is one of those places. Located in Powys on the border between England and Wales, Hay, or Y-Gelli Gandryll (‘the shattered grove’) as it is known in Welsh, […]

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Short fiction: a literary snack

Image Description: A person reading a book over lunch This week, Sarah Moorhouse asked OxStu contributors to tell us about their favourite pieces of short fiction.  Perfect to enjoy over breakfast or a quick tea break, these compelling reads will transport you away from a dreary lockdown lifestyle. Helena Aeberli: Francoise Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse Francoise […]

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‘Obscene’ Books from the Bodleian’s Restricted Collection Now On Display for the First Time

Credit: Still Life with Books in Niche , Barthélemy d’Eyck The Bodleian Libraries is lifting the lid on its collection of ‘obscene’ and ‘improper’ books for the first time ever in a display of items from the Libraries’ restricted ‘Phi’ category. The exhibition, Story of Phi: Restricted Books, explores changing ideas about sexuality and censorship and […]

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Review: The Last Bookshop

Independent bookshops are a dying race, callously destroyed by online purchases and dooming their owners to disillusioning profit losses. However, on 25 Walton Street, a survivor determinedly battles on. The Last Bookshop, providing quaint mint-green tables outside for those who wish to read with a coffee, and a perpetual deal of two books for five […]

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