Stoner – John Williams

‘Stoner is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away’ New York Times ‘A book for everyone, democratic in how it breaks the heart… It is a triumph of literary endeavour. It deserves the status of a classic’ Independent ‘A brilliant, beautiful, inexorably sad, wise, […]

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In Defence of… Malcolm X

Like most people of my generation – Western, born in the 90’s – it seems almost impossible to imagine a world in which a Malcolm X would be necessary.  He is described in the blurb of his autobiography as ‘one of the angriest black men in America’, and when you progress onto the section of […]

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5 #Rappers to watch in 2014

1. Noname Gypsy Nicknamed ‘the new Lauryn Hill’ (by, erm…me) for rhyming with a similarly lazy and eloquent flow, Gypsy should really be able to find some more airtime in 2014. You could be forgiven for listening to the start of this breezy tune and labelling it a Corrine Bailey Rae-esque joint, but just give […]

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Early Jan 2014

I sometimes feel like being in between permanent jobs is like an eternal Sunday. Well, for as long as you can stay afloat.  It’s not all that unpleasant – again, assuming that you’re not struggling financially– and the days can be as rewarding as you make them. Optimism just seems to be a state of […]

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