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Caitlin Moran’s ‘How to Build a Girl’ reviewed (video) caitlin moran, how to build a girl,
In bestselling novel How to Build a Girl, feisty teen protagonist Johanna has to try and make sense of all the worries that growing up brings; family issues, money worries, identity and sex, to name a few. How to build a girl The world that Johanna must try and navigate moves from working class Britain in...
Dominick Reyntiens’ ‘My Stratford Friend’ reviewed (video) Kettlemag, Books, My Stratford Friend, Dominick Reyntiens
In his first novel, Dominick Reyntiens offers a very new approach to thinking about Shakespare, backgrounding this much loved literary figure with a story of a quirky and intriguing youth.  My Stratford Friend comes out in August, so be sure to get your hands on a copy and then have your say here at KettleMag.
Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours reviewed (video)
With Only Ever Yours, Louise O'Neill has given the dystopian genre a feminist twist. In KettleMag's new video book review format, books editor Emma Jones gives her view on this thought-provoking debut novel. Read Only Ever Yours? have your say in the comments below.
Made in the USA: The American Protagonists
When you’re talking about the literary culture you’ve been brought up in, it can be easy to reel off a list of what might be called iconic characters. Even if you’ve never picked up Pride and Prejudice, you’ll likely be familiar with the brooding Mr Darcy. Romeo and Juliet epitomise the fated love story. Young...
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing Kettlemag, Emma Jones, Books, Eimar McBride
The title A Girl is a Half-formed Thing seems to perfectly sum up Eimear McBride’s debut novel. Through the female protagonist’s chaotic, often unsettling, yet always poignant narration, we realise she sees herself not as an independent individual, but as someone shaped by her relationships with those closest to her; the turbulent family dynamic provoked by her brother’s...
Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights reviewed (Video) kettle mag, book review, mansfield park, wuthering heights, emma jones
Kettle's Books editor Emma Jones and former Books Editor, Karishma Jobanputra have been making their way through some of English literature's classics. Jane Austen and Emily Brontë In Kettle's new video book review format, they offer their input to the Austen versus Brontë debate, reviewing Austen's Mansfield Park and Brontë's Wuthering Heights Whose side are you on? Do you love both?...
John Palfrey’s Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
‘…anecdotal encounter after anecdotal encounter, shows us that people “love libraries”. Just as we all love the memory of a childhood experience, we love the idea of libraries in general. Often, it feels like a patronizing sort of love. An approach that relies too heavily on nostalgia to pull libraries as institutions through this period...
Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing and Owen Jones’s The Establishment reviewed (VIDEO) Kettle mag, owen jones, establishment emma healey, Elizabeth is missing, review video
Kettle's Books editor Emma Jones and former Books Editor, Karishma Jobanputra have been raiding their bookshelves to escape the stresses of exam season. Owen Jones and Emma Healey In Kettle's new video book review format, they give an insight into Owen Jones's latest offering The Establishment and Emma Healey's first novel Elizabeth is Missing. Watch their review,...
JK Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy” and “Very Good Lives” reviewed (VIDEO)
Kettle's Books editor Emma Jones and former Books Editor, Karishma Jobanputra sat down recently to read 2 of J K Rowling's recent literary offerrings: "Casual Vacancy" and "Very Good Lives". In Kettle's new video book review format, they give an insight into the texts and chat about Rowling's writing style, story-telling mastery and her latest role as a...
Writers speak out against Charlie Hebdo award Kettlemag, Emma Jones
Literature and freedom of expression. The two go hand in hand. So it seems to come as no surprise that the writing community is playing an active role in the ongoing controversies following the tragic attack at the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Literature and freedom of expression The shootings, which French president...
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – review
Before I get started, I’ll say this…It’s going to be difficult to review this We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves without giving away spoilers. There’s a bit of a twist, to say the least. This novel received rave reviews. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. I was excited to read it. And,...
Poems of the Decade: Out with the old, in with the new
If I had a pound for every time someone asked me, ‘what are you going to do with an English degree?’, I wouldn’t need my English degree. Excuse the cliché, but this is important; it suggests people are becoming increasingly sceptical of the traditional literature degree, and I’m inclined to believe that this is at...
Book review: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem
University is the best time of your life, right? You live with your best friends, you study what you love, nights out become the norm, and you can pretty much do what you want, when you want. Right. There’s no doubt about it, university is great. But it’s not always easy. For people who can...
Fan fiction: Harmless fun or a step too far? One Direction have caused endless fan-fiction spin-offs as Emma Jones examines on Kettle
Okay, I’ll admit it, *deep breath*: I used to be one of those girls obsessed with One Direction. I was constantly on Twitter trying to get a follow from one of the band members (successful) and spent hours with my friends devising elaborate plans to meet them (unsuccessful), wondering whether we’d be able to produce...
Friends: Why we still love it twenty years on friends.jpg
Television faces an important milestone this September: the twentieth anniversary of Friends. Television faces an important milestone this September: the twentieth anniversary of Friends. Every effort is being made to ensure the show gets the commemoration it deserves, with the iconic sofa making an appearance at Leeds festival, and Comedy Central’s nationwide poll determining the...
My Top 3 Most Memorable Summer Holiday Reads book beach.jpg
Let’s be honest, the books you read on holiday tend to be a bit of a hit and miss assortment. If you’re anything like me, those few books you buy excitedly in Waterstones the week before you travel are usually finished by the time your plane lands.   As such, a random selection of ‘back...
Social media and picture perfect peer pressure
It’s that time of year again: months of planning, hours of preparation, generous sums of money invested, and it all comes down to this… No, not the World Cup, the Year 11 prom. It’s that time of year again: months of planning, hours of preparation, generous sums of money invested, and it all comes down...
Why the ASA got it wrong about Rogue perfume
It’s no secret that Rihanna is known for being raunchy and provocative, whether it be through her lyrics, music videos or style choices. It’s no secret that Rihanna is known for being raunchy and provocative, whether it be through her lyrics, music videos or style choices. The explicitly revealing sheer dress she wore to the...
The OED and the battle of print versus digital oed.jpg
Today, we seem to be facing a decline in the popularity of printed texts as people begin to favour their digital counterparts, whether these are eBooks, news apps, online magazines or research publ Today, we seem to be facing a decline in the popularity of printed texts as people begin to favour their digital counterparts,...
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In a twist which has shattered hearts among the Harry Potter fandom, JK Rowling has admitted that she has doubts about the relationship between Ron and Hermione, and said that Hermione wou In a twist which has shattered hearts among the Harry Potter fandom, JK Rowling has admitted that she has doubts about the relationship...
Book review: Tim Manley: Alice in Tumblr-land aliceintumblrland.jpg
As a fan of Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and avid user of the popular blogging platform Tumblr, it’s no surprise that Tim Manley’s Alice in Tumblr As a fan of Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and avid user of the popular blogging platform Tumblr, it’s no surprise that Tim Manley’s Alice in Tumblr-Land, published...