‘The Light Beyond the Garden Wall’: an interview with Scott Whitehead on his new novel

Five years ago Christ Church student Scott Whitehead started writing his now finished novel ‘The Light Beyond the Garden Wall’. Set in the Middle East in 700BC, the story is a part historical, part inspirational fiction which follows the prophet Isaiah and the challenges involved in his coming of age. Going through an extremely difficult […]

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Books that Helped Me Through Freshers’ Week

Dear Freshers, Mammoth reading lists govern the life of most Oxford students’ lives. They dictate your evening plans, your library adventures and your closest friends will inevitably be those whose reading lists are comparable to yours. However, I’m asking you right now to do the unthinkable – forget these all-powerful lists for a while, because […]

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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: The Power, Naomi Alderman

Intense, poignant, and fearful, Naomi Alderman’s ‘The Power’ is an apocalyptic vision of a world where the distribution of power amongst humans has become unexpectedly skewed. A post-war chemical phenomenon has imbued the bodies of women worldwide with potent electrical charges, which are at first difficult to control and threaten the safety of others. As […]

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Presentably Deadly Lit

Emma Berrecloth-Bale, born and raised in Oxford, has taken the route of self-publication and her novel, The Deathday Present, a work of speculative fiction, is available on Amazon in both hard-copy and e-book versions.  Let’s start with the beginning. Berrecloth-Bale achieves something quite substantial in the opening pages of this novel. She manages to capture […]

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