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If you’re looking for a film that is not only uplifting and feel good, but will also inspire you to rise up against adversity and achieve something great, then make sure you see the newly released Hidden Figures. The big screen adaption of Margot Lee Shetterly’s sensational true story of the same name tells the tale of an...
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As we creep into February with the New Year now in full swing, I’ve been interested, not only in the progress of my own, but other people’s 2017 resolutions and whether they’ve been sticking to them as vehemently as they’d hoped. Amidst the healthy eating, drinking more water and daily yoga promises, every year I...
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Since it’s release in 2006 The Devil Wears Prada starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci has become a beloved cult classic with fashion and film fans alike. Based on the best-selling 2003 novel of the same name, it portrays the hilarious yet cut-throat experiences that Andrea endures whilst working under notoriously...
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There is no doubt that the stories and characters of Jane Austen’s novels still strike a chord amongst women of all ages. Of course, men can enjoy her work too; it’s not exclusive to the female gender and each novel provides a fascinating insight into Regency period England and the intricate social pressures and attitudes...
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With a passing interest in history, particularly ancient history, when I took a BA in English Literature I felt I was consigning that interest to a vague hobby, pushing it to the background of my life. However, I found my slight craving for history more than satisfied during my course; fictional work can be a more insightful...
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I found a letter from my fifteen year old self the other day when reading through my old notebooks. Letters you write to your future self are cute and funny when from a young child; you can smile and shake your head at how silly your younger self was, even the spelling mistakes can evoke...
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the girl on the train
It was pitched as the new Gone Girl so expectations were high and with plot twists and turns right from the start the comparison isn’t surprising. But does new novel The Girl on the train, live up to the hype? Paula Hawkins’ crime novel is her first thriller after 15 years of journalism. The story starts with Rachel...
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Who are you? What have you done to my favourite book? These are normally the questions I ask myself when a beloved book is given the “Hollywood” treatment and turned into a film. So it was with a mixture of joy and trepidation that I headed to the cinema to see Gone Girl. Would a...
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Several years ago beside the sea in a remote part of Crete I received a text message from Victoria Hislop who was location scouting for a TV series of her dramatic novel, The Island. We met half-an-hour’s drive away in a village taverna with her film director Theo Papadoulakis. 18 months later The Island (To...
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Deep down I am a storyteller – I see the world in a cinematic way. Images and words stay with me; seeing a discarded carrier bag caught in the branches of a tree, observing a child who has fallen and in a split second is unsure whether to cry or not. Hearing people’s comments when...
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