Category: Essays

Gender-swapped covers

They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but everybody does. In fact, that’s what book covers are for: to give you an idea about what’s inside so you can decide whether you want to read it. I… Read More

On keeping count

I recently watched Ariel Bissett’s excellent video ‘Should We Always Track Our Reading?‘, in which she talked about keeping count of the books she reads and the pressure that book-tracking can put on a reader. I have thoughts! Obviously… Read More

On not reading the book: ‘The Girl on the Train’

Last week I saw The Girl on the Train. Not only did I not read the book first, I didn’t want to. The Girl on the Train was the book of last year. It sold millions of copies in its… Read More

Man Booker 2016 winner: Paul Beatty ‘The Sellout’

Last night was the ceremony for the Man Booker 2016. The Man Booker is the UK’s most lucrative literary award. Paul Beatty won this year’s prize for his novel The Sellout. In case you missed it, here’s a video of the… Read More

The Nobel Prize: is songwriting literature?

Last week the 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature was announced, and it is Bob Dylan, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. This has, unsurprisingly, caused some controversy, with people arguing… Read More