UK Literature

Is There Such A Thing As The Wrong Book To Read?

Sue Wilkinson | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Sue Wilkinson

So how do you find the right book for you? If you would like to encourage someone in your life to get back into books, or even start reading again yourself, try browsing libraries and bookshops for inspiration.

Everyone Should Like Roald Dahl Books... Shouldn't They?

Kerry Gibb | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kerry Gibb

As I told my audience that my least favourite book as a child was a Roald Dahl book, I literally heard a couple of children gasp as they couldn't believe what I had just said. But then I elaborated, and I saw two hundred pairs of eyes looking at me intently as they listened to every word.

Why Your Lunch Is More Political Than You Might Think

Kathy Slack | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kathy Slack

And it struck me - a plate of food is not just a plate of food. It is representative of an almost infinite list of political issues. And that means that when we sit down to eat or cook or grow food, we aren't just fuelling our bodies, we are making surprisingly political choices.

The Polar Tombola

Nancy Campbell | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Nancy Campbell

As the UK tour of The Polar Tombola draws to a close, Nancy Campbell reports on this exciting project which aims to encourage awareness of endangered ...

Five Children's Books To Support Emotional Health On World Book Day

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Nick Haisman-Smith

The connection that children had with the characters in books extended well beyond just dressing up. Children have such strong emotional connections to literature, and we know that through story they learn a great deal about their own emotional world.

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children's books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can feel quite isolated.

Picture Books That Deal With Disability

Emily Davison | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Davison

So, in a project I went in search of picture books that represented disability. The project was driven by my personal belief that picture books could be an effective and successful way of opening up a conversation about disability, which can subsequently enable a child to understand and accept disability in real life.

Books Hold A Special Place In My Heart - I Just Wish They'd Have A Place For Me

Heather Lacey | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Lacey

At University I vividly recall sitting in the library reading Hodgson-Burnett's The Secret Garden (1911). Not long after I started, I stumbled upon the following lines: 'He's a hunchback, and he's horrid...[if] it'd be another hunchback like him...it'd better die.'

Help Champion The Voices Of Women By Supporting The Women's Prize For Fiction

Joanna Prior | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Joanna Prior

Never has it been more important to celebrate the contribution woman make to our rich and diverse culture, and although fiction's primary purpose might be to entertain us, we also know it teaches us empathy and opens up worlds and peoples we might never encounter or understand any other way. And that has never felt more important.

A Personal Homage To John Berger

Andrew Pendleton | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK
Andrew Pendleton

My wife and I had only one reading at our wedding and it was from his short book. Our lives have been held together by many things, but John Berger's words are the literary resin that binds us. As we turn to face what 2017 holds in store for us - as the angels chatter distills and clarifies - the incredible legacy of Berger's writing is something magical to draw on. It can help see us through.

The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd (Review)

Luke McGrath | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Luke McGrath

As a Poirot and Agatha Christie fan, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is the first novel on my to-read list that I have read before. Probably more than twi...

Book Review: Tabish Khair, Just Another Jihadi Jane And Tariq Mehmood, Song Of Gulzarina

Claire Chambers | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Claire Chambers

Since 9/11 and the onset of the War on Terror, there has been a surge of literary interest in Islam. Non-Muslim British writers including Martin Amis,...

Unpacking My Library In 2016 - Part I

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

"The fact is, for the book-collector the true freedom of all books is somewhere on his shelves." -Walter Benjamin Academics are plagued with an irre...

Cove By Cynan Jones: Beckettian And Beautiful

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

As a Welshman living in London, people like to remind me of their experience of Welsh things. It is a strange state of affairs, but I enjoy it nonethe...

Ignore The High And Mighty, Don Quixote Will Make A Cracking Disney Film

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I made sure I was in the right frame of mind. I prepared to endure 1200 pages of seventeenth century Spanish literature of the highest brow. Don Quixo...

I Basically Won The Man Booker Prize

Robbie Knox | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Comedy
Robbie Knox

My plan was simple, yet brilliant. I would buy this book and read it. Then, if it won the prize I could smugly put up a Facebook post about what a great book it was.

Women And The Motherhood Complex

Jennie Watkin | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennie Watkin

Now, I wish to take a step back for a moment. You may be thinking it is strange for me to say 'mothers from day one', but it is true. If you look at the toys advertised for girls even today - what do we have? Garish amounts of playthings that are designed to ingrain a want in young girls to be perfect little wives and moulded into aspiring little mummies when they grow up.

Forget Bob Dylan - Why Did No Women Win Nobel Prizes This Year?

Cat Byers | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Cat Byers

Sexism in these areas needs to be addressed, and the Nobel Foundation has the power to improve this by treating women as equal players. But for now, the message to women is clear - the best man always wins.

The Devil You Know by Elicka Peterson Sparks Review

Oliver Lippert | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Oliver Lippert

US/UK The book „The Devil You Know" by the authoress Elicka Peterson Sparks hold the subtitle „The Surprising Link between Conservative Christi...

Why It's A Good Thing Bob Dylan Won The Nobel

Leah Broad | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Leah Broad

The power of Dylan's lyrics comes from the fact that they are precisely that -- they are part of his songs. Awarding the prize to someone who is primarily a songwriter is a welcome move, as it appreciates that lyrics are literature too.

Bob Dylan's Deserved Nobel Prize For Literature

Dan Einav | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dan Einav

To celebrate Bob Dylan's much deserved Nobel Prize for Literature I've chosen some of my favourite lines from his poems below. If you're still feeling indignant about how a 'musician' could win a prestigious literary award, don't think twice, it's alright.

An Interview With David Nicholls: Good Films, Bad Decisions And The Next Novel

Ella Kemp | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Kemp

I thank him and he tells me that it was a pleasure. A final note which is pretty emblematic of our conversation and of the way he is to the world. Honest, attentive and understanding of human emotions. The pleasure was all mine, David.

International Translation Day: Beyond Nordic Noir

Leah Broad | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Leah Broad

The Nordic countries are synonymous with crime fiction -- the bleak and murderous landscapes of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. But the Nordic countries offer a wealth of literary riches in a broad range of genres. For me, some of the most exciting writing from the North is found outside of the detective's territory.

Cotton Knickers, Faux Fur

Buhle Ngaba | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Buhle Ngaba

I am an actress and the truest things I know are a stage, faux fur, black literature and cotton knickers. It really isn't a lie when I say I wasn't trying to be an author. It happened by the virtue of a forgetful mind ,a spilt cup of tea, some magic and five pieces of paper. With this haphazard spell, I broke the internet on a Wednesday afternoon. Literally.

Derren Brown On Self-Help Industry: 'The Universe Doesn't Give A F**k'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK

Derren Brown rubs his eyes. It’s no illusion. He’s just tired. The 45-year-old has a new puppy and didn’t sleep much the night before we meet at...