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Lists, London

21 Reasons it’s GREAT to be British

April the 23rd always strikes me as a most glorious day to celebrate being British. St Georges Day and William Shakespeare’s Birthday, two absolute lads of British history and identity. Something that truly makes me deeply sad is how many people don’t feel patriotic about being British, and more specifically English. A lot of my friends admit to feeling that way, that they feel that Brits have a bad reputation and to celebrate being from the UK is a bit embarrassing- again more  ...

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Books, Lifestyle

Book Club: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Sunday was one of my favourite days of the month: BOOK CLUB DAY! About three and a half years ago I decided I wanted to be in a book club, and then thought instead of joining one I would just start one, because as well as encouraging me to read more things I wouldn’t necessarily always choose myself, ┬áit might be a lovely excuse to get a bunch of pals together for a meet-up every month. AND BY GEORGE I WAS RIGHT! We’re called The Bookie Monsters (I know), and we meet once a  ...

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Attractions, Books, Culture, Lifestyle, London, Museums and Galleries, Museums and Galleries

Terror and Wonder at The British Library

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never seen a single dud exhibition at the British Library. In my humble opinion, they’re always fascinating, with faultless attention to detail and lovely quirks, twists and turns to delight every visitor. As an English Lit graduate and the president of a (booze-guzzling and sweary) book club (we’re called THE BOOKIE MONSTERS!), the British Library is about as good as it gets for me. This season their main exhibition is called  ...

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Books, Top Five

Top 5: Roald Dahl Books

Given that today is the Official Roald Dahl Day, I thought this would be a good time to do my top five wondercrump Roald Dahl reads. JOIN ME WON’T YOU. When I was in my final year of my English Lit degree at University (of Birmingham- big up the brum WHEYYYYYYY), I specialised in Children’s Literature. This basically meant I didn’t have to read any Jane Austen (and oh how I whooped. I know she’s kind of a big deal and everything but she’s a bit bonnet-y and  ...

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