Review: Ken’s Quest

Cher Chidzey’s novel, Kens Quest, takes the reader on a journey with Ken, a Chinese immigrant who travels to Australia to start a new life. The novel explores the challenges and trials that come with migration through Ken’s struggle to obtain permanent residency due to his status as an ‘illegal’ immigrant. The novel explores the ways people from different cultures […]

13 March 2017
Review: Gender and Allegory in the Alchemist

To say that The Alchemist (1988) is popular would be an understatement. The jacket of my copy proclaims that Paulo Coelho’s novel has sold 65 million copies worldwide “touching the minds and hearts of his readers”. I think the reason it’s so successful is its combination of a simple narrative and concealed allegorical meaning. The […]

6 February 2017
The Science of Storytelling

Clara on the human instinct to tell stories.

8 August 2016
Banned Books

I do not like them Sam-I-am, I do not like this censorship and ban.

24 May 2016
The Fate of Over-Beloved Bookstores

Stephanie looks into whether bookstores can survive in the modern era.

16 May 2016
Review: Men

I picked up Men because the blurb proclaimed it to be an exploration of ‘female desire’. I was expecting irony. I was disappointed.

9 May 2016
Review: The Argonauts

The Argonauts details her experiences of being a step-parent, giving birth and sharing with her partner in their grief after their mother’s death.

4 May 2016
88 Lines about 44 Books

In honour of World Book Day, Emme Michelle writes an ode to 44 books that changed the world.

23 April 2016
Review: What the Light Hides

Mette Jakobsen’s second novel, What the Light Hides, is equal parts lovely, sensory, and frustrating.

1 April 2016
Review: Everywhere I Look

This book is great for any reader looking for short, sharp reads that are wonderfully written.

29 March 2016
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