Review: Ms Marvel No Normal

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

Faith in the extraordinary

 

The new Ms Marvel is Marvel’s first Muslim character to head their own series. She is a Pakistani-American from New Jersey with shape-shifting powers, and she embodies all the angst that is appropriate for her role.
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Reluctant Readers: Encouraging Children To Read

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

Encouraging Children To Read

 

Reading trends with children are always changing. Favourite authors jostle for position and new titles power up the listings. Frequently I’m asked what books are popular and which would get boys reading… never girls though. It seems to be a barely covered topic, as I have discovered while trying to do research. While girls are still generally accepted as being better and more frequent readers than boys, they are by no means all readers. more “Reluctant Readers: Encouraging Children To Read”

Review: Oliver Twist

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Anti-semitism and a cavalcade of colons

 

My mother sees no humour and little worth in the works of Henry James. Christopher Hitchens defended smoking and called team sports “pointless.” England manager Roy Hodgson regularly overlooks Michael Carrick. In these and similar tastes it is hard to measure the ratios of intransigence, astuteness, and emotional scarring. I like to think that my dislike of the novels of Charles Dickens contains more of the latter two than the former.
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Review: Shakespeare’s Restless World

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

An Unexpected History in 20 Objects

 

Rather like the Beatles, Shakespeare has for years been milked to churn out overpriced goods of dubious quality. Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s birthplace, with its ‘If Music Be The Food of Love’ café and the spectacularly dull house in which Shakespeare was born, pulls on the teat harder than most. more “Review: Shakespeare’s Restless World”