Do the Germans Do it Better? | First thoughts on John Kampfner’s latest Book

When I first saw this book laid out on the spotlighted tables of Waterstones it stood out to me, not just because of its fairly striking yellow spine, but because of its seemingly sensationalist title – Why the Germans do it better. Unlike my title for this post, Kampfner went with something bold, brave andContinue reading “Do the Germans Do it Better? | First thoughts on John Kampfner’s latest Book”

Reading Harry Potter for the First Time at 20…

J. K Rowling’s series of Harry Potter books are arguably the most popular books of the twenty first century so far, both for adults and children. Originally published in the children’s section with brightly coloured illustrations of the fantastic, the covers soon got a paired-back refresh to sit a bit closer to the adult shelves.Continue reading “Reading Harry Potter for the First Time at 20…”

The Midnight Library: Worth the Hype?

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – a philosophical novel looking at regret and happiness. The Midnight Library is Matt Haig’s most recent bestselling novel, claiming the top spot of the New York Times bestseller list for 34 weeks. Like Matt Haig’s previous bestseller How to Stop Time in which a man that has livedContinue reading “The Midnight Library: Worth the Hype?”

THEATRE REVIEW: Cyrano De Bergerac

The Jamie Lloyd Theatre company production of Cyrano De Bergerac has just finished in the West End but it is going to New York soon. I saw the play for the dress rehearsal when the company were doing a pay-as-much-as-you-can showing as part of their ‘theatre is for all’ campaign. As a student it canContinue reading “THEATRE REVIEW: Cyrano De Bergerac”

THEATRE REVIEW: Upstart Crow

Last Wednesday I saw Upstart Crow at the Gielgud theatre in London. It is an adaptation of the tv sitcom of the same name. Inspired by the critique by Robert Green in his pamphlet ‘Groatsworth of Wit’, The play as with the series was written by Ben Elton and so it very much had theContinue reading “THEATRE REVIEW: Upstart Crow”