Books on the Big Screen

The choice to entirely change a book’s plot might be controversial, but no reader can expect filmmakers to translate literature word for word onto the silver screen, nor can the author hope to have any creative role once the rights have been sold. Changes don’t necessarily do disservice to the original literature and its meaning, […]

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Iceland: thoughts from the land of dreaming geysers

For most of us, Iceland is on the fringes of our international consciousness: it’s a geopolitical irrelevance, which basically has nice fishing, pretty geysers, and maybe some Vikings. We’d almost forgotten about its existence until the unpronounceable volcano (watching beleaguered reporters try to pronounce ‘Eyjafjallajokull’ still has me in stitches every time) struck and buggered […]

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Review: His Dark Materials

 ✮✮✮ Philip Pullman’s enchanting tale of a world populated by dæmons, Dust and armoured polar bears has gripped readers’ imaginations ever since Northern Lights was first published almost twenty years ago. In fact it’s surprising that it has taken so long for Oxford students to put on a production of Pullman’s fantasy trilogy—especially given the adeptness of […]

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