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The Essence of Cosmopolitanism :: The Timeless Principles Behind Worldly Sophistication

When was the last time you felt like you were a cultured participant in the larger world? Has it been awhile since you felt edgy and sophisticated? Or maybe even just intellectually stimulated? As humans we stumble back and forth between exploration and safety, and more often than not it is simply easier to remain within our safety zones, especially ...

Innocent or Guilty: An unanswerable question in “My Cousin Rachel”

For those who enjoy the gothic literary style, murder mysteries or historical fiction, “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne Du Maurier is an intriguing read. It is a book that proficiently combines these three genres. The objective of gothic literature is to evoke a sense of something chilling just beneath the surface – a palpable feeling of unease that the reader ...

The Vogue 100 Gala Dinner

On Monday night, Alexandra Shulman (OBE & Editor-in-Chief) and the quintessential red carpet muses celebrated British Vogue’s foundation in 1916 at the Vogue 100 Gala Dinner in Kensington Gardens, London. There have been many events taking place to mark the centenary celebrations of all that is British Vogue. Over the weekend, the annual Vogue (100) Festival took place which included an array ...

RJ Palacio’s “Wonder”: A literary success that shows us the power of one moment

“Wonder” by RJ Palacio has been a highly successful book that was inspired by a fleeting personal experience of the author.  It is about a ten year old boy called August who was born with a facial difference and throughout the book we learn of his life, friendships and identify with his emotions. We also get to know his family who cherish August and confront the challenges that he and they face with warmth and good humour.

August’s journey begins when he is starting school. The author gives us a glimpse into what life is like for August; to never know when the next hurtful comment will come and to live with stares and finger pointing on a daily basis. August is shown to have remarkable strength and while there are sad moments the book is dotted with heart warming episodes and important messages about humanity and respect.

 



 

The history behind this book is inspiring. One day, the author was out with her two children, and was sitting on a bench with her three year old son waiting for his olde

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7 City Breaks for Book Lovers

Some of the world’s greatest cities are a haven for book lovers of all types. These 7 cities have fostered some of the greatest writers in the English speaking world and have inspired many for hundreds of years.

Imagine if Game of Thrones was a Disney film

Have you ever wondered what all your favourite Game of Thrones characters would look like had they been imagined in a Disney movie? Well now you can! In celebration of the newest season of the popular HBO fantasy TV series, Combo Estúdio have created this collection of amazing illustrations that we are loving!     Make sure to check out their ...

Review: The Bolivian Diary

The Bolivian Diary (Authorized Edition) By Erenesto Che Guevara Introduction by Fidel Castro Preface by Camilo Guevara Published by Ocean Press, 2008 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s fateful campaign to launch a revolution in Bolivia, and overthrow U.S. imposed dictator; General Rene Barrientos. Ernesto Guevara De La Serna, affectionately known to billions as Che (an informal Spanish term ...

First look at Neil Patrick Harris as creepy ‘Count Olaf’

Netflix have recently blessed us with some quality TV and it just gets better. After teasing us with a little trailer (that may or may not be fake) of their upcoming show A Series of Unfortunate Events, fans have finally been given a first real glimpse of How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris as creepy and eccentric character Count ...

4 movies to watch in May

The month of May is looking to be a great one in terms of the movies that will be hitting the big screen. So, if you’re looking for something to watch but aren’t quite sure what’s going to be available, here’s a run down of some of the latest movies that are coming to the cinema!   X-Men: Apocalypse X-Men: ...

Imre Kertész: ‘I survived because I could dream’

He fought until the last moment and now his battle has peacefully come to an end. Hungarian writer Imre Kertész died at the age of 86, leaving behind not only an extraordinary contribution to the Holocaust but also an excellent collection of novels, which prove his successful career as a writer. Known by many as ‘the voice of the Shoah’, ...

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