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On Diana Wynne Jones

As a teacher, there are always a few authors you see children reading but never quite get round to yourself. Diana Wynne Jones was one of those for me, though after reading this magnificent obituary, I think that will be … Continue reading

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A Question of Symbols

One of the interesting things about Nineteen Eighty Four is that it is not really a literary novel. Its function is primarily political and ideological. It is entirely fair enough then, that Orwell’s characters and concepts have become part of … Continue reading

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The Book of Skulls

..by Robert Silverberg. It centres on the subject of immortality and the quest to achieve it. Four college students, newly liberated by 1968, set out for the Arizona desert in search of a monastery where, according to an ancient text, … Continue reading

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The Finkler Question Question

The 2010 Booker Prize winning novel, by Howard Jacobson, is a novel about identity – specifically, Jewish identity. Along the way, it skewers some stereotypes and commonplaces about Jewish people and their relationship with Israel. *mild spoiler alert* Two of … Continue reading

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