Read My Lips: Why Politicians Speak the Way They Do Tony Blair’s former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell explores the principles which underlie some of the most famous political speeches of the last century. Why do politicians reiterate things three …

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a heart-breaking yet life-affirming story about two very different conflicts, told from two different perspectives. It centres mainly around Oskar who is on a mission to …

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Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell Suzanna Clarke An absorbing blend of history and fiction with a touch of magic realism seamlessly woven through.  At times absurd, other times touching, it’s a challenge not to find yourself ‘siding’ with one of …

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Another week, another piece of homework for Year 7. However, while students might usually think we are tyrants for dishing out homework, especially when it is Shakespeare related, to our delight Miss Fisher and I received some wonderful Shakespearean “arty-facts”, …

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The Fault in Our Stars John Green The Fault in Our Stars is probably John Green’s most famous novel, and for good reason. It centres around two American teenagers, Hazel Grace and Gus, who meet during a cancer support group. …

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It’s really never too early to start preparing for exams, so here are the English department’s top tips for revision. Before the exam period: Be organised – make a realistic revision timetable that includes breaks, and stick to it! Start …

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With practice exams coming up, thoughts are turning to revision… and although there no literature practice exam, it’s never too soon to start refreshing your memories about the texts that you studied last year. Here are some handy resources to …

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WHY ‘MSLEXIA‘? Mslexia means women’s writing (ms = woman lexia = words). Its association with dyslexia is intentional. Dyslexia is a difficulty, more prevalent in men, with reading and spelling; Mslexia was created to address a difficulty, more prevalent in …

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WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015 For stories of up to 2,200 words in length on any subject. 1st prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre*, and a day with a Virago editor* …

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The Ruby in the Smoke Philip Pullman Pullman is a brilliant writer, maybe the best one out there writing for young adults.  This book is the first of a trilogy (with an additional fourth novel that ties up an unresolved …

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