[15 Oct 2009 | Comments Off ]

Copyright: Jo Billingsley 2009
Rosie Boscawen discovers the joys of the Mallard Small Press comics
Teeming with poetic, quirky and sometimes downright disturbing short stories and comic strips, the most recent publication from Mallard Small Press, Mallard 6, is a most welcome treat.
Joe Baddeley’s sketches never fail to amuse – the particularly immature but destined always to be funny, “Your mum’s a recession”, has shot to front page fame, and is an especial favourite. The sadistic (though characteristically plain-looking) man who celebrates the death of a delicate bird is also worth a guffaw …

[29 Jun 2009 | Comments Off ]

A review of the late Stieg Larsson’s eccentric thriller.

[13 Mar 2009 | Comments Off ]
Durham University graduate returns to launch his first book

Durham University graduate, Oliver Balch, is returning to his alma mater on March 17 to promote his new book ‘Viva South America! A journey through a restless continent’, published by Faber & Faber this month.

[6 Mar 2009 | One Comment ]

Flora Midgley & Hannah Ryley hang out with Durham academics…

[17 Jan 2009 | Comments Off ]

Zahra Dharsi discovers her inner feminist with Laura Kipnis’ The Female Thing

[16 Nov 2008 | Comments Off ]

Chris Wright gets to grips with Clive James’ weighty new tome, Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of my Time, a dazzling summary of the twentieth century’s cultural giants…

[23 Jun 2008 | Comments Off ]

Olivia Varley-Winter enjoys Tom Coffey’s Blood Alley, a fantastical crime thriller set in 1940s New York…

[6 Jun 2008 | Comments Off ]

Zahra Dharsi is gripped by Matthew Reilly’s summer blockbuster…

[6 Mar 2008 | Comments Off ]

Chris Wright reads Violence

[26 Feb 2008 | Comments Off ]

Alex Marshall looks into the future and wonders if the Amazon Kindle will be a success…

[23 Feb 2008 | One Comment ]

James Russell is hypnotised by literary power with Lloyd Jones’ Booker-shortlisted novel…

[21 Feb 2008 | Comments Off ]

Post-Valentine’s Day, Jo Smee thinks that Cecelia Ahern’s there’s-life-after-death chick lit is just what we all need…

[20 Feb 2008 | Comments Off ]

James Russell thinks that ‘How To Do Theory’ by Wolfgang Iser is too, well, theoretical

[27 Jan 2008 | Comments Off ]

Zahra Dharsi is impressed by the potency of this Booker-shortlisted novel…

[23 Jan 2008 | Comments Off ]

Olivia Varley-Winter tries to match head and tail of Leon de Winter’s answer to gastro-porn.