Six Literary Sweaters for Autumn

It’s that time of year when you start to sneer at Pumpkin Spice Lattes (but secretly want one) and pick out a new pair of ankle-boots that you refuse to take off until next March. Autumn- the season for slogan sweaters and lazing about on weekends with a book in a comfy chair.

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This is a list of jumpers/sweaters featuring literary motifs or slogans (peak 2017), which you can smugly wear on casual Friday or during weekend plans with friends to remind people that yes, you Read.

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What Fresh Punishment is This? An Editorial on the All-Female Lord of the Flies Adaptation

Warner Brothers have just announced that there is to be a fresh adaptation of the 1945 William Golding novel, Lord of the Flies. It might not be your kind of thing, but think of how helpful it will be for all those school kids steadfastly not reading the book. 

Except, this adaptation has gone a bit wrong. Already. Quite wrong. It’s going to feature an ‘all-female cast.’ The two male directors may have missed the point…

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Tolerance, the Extreme Right, and Karl Popper’s ‘Open Society and its Enemies’

There’s a particularly wet argument permeating the internet right now; that counter-protesting against fascism is a betrayal of the tolerance and virtue that the left should aim to embody. It’s easy to see why some people might fall for this easy assumption; after all the President of the United States unequivocally blamed ‘violence on all sides’ for the debacle in Charlottesville.

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Motivation, Self-Esteem and Patience

I’ve started this blog post a few times already. I had a smarmy quote from Goodreads. I had one of those stock photos of a smiley woman in a field. Then I had a flippant jibe about how it’s pointless anyway in the face of impending nuclear destruction.

Then I deleted it all and closed the window, because it felt a bit pointless. Today’s post is about that pointless feeling, and balancing the weight of expectation against the reality of your capabilities. 

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The Virago Press #BooksForChange Challenge Part 4

If you missed part one of this challenge, you can find it here, part two is here, and part three has just been published here


Virago is a British publishing company, founded in 1973, with the intention of giving voice and publishing presence to female authors. Since then, the mission statement has expanded to include authors and reprinted works with a broader positive intention; LGBTQ texts; books written by non-binary authors; works which reflect a diversity of neurological conditions and mental illnesses; and lots more. You can find Virago online here, where they have a fascinating timeline of their own history.

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