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Re-Reading Waterland

I first read Graham Swift’s Waterland as a university fresher. Twenty-five years later, I’ve recently re-read the novel as I prepare to teach it to a group of A level students. Reading the novel afresh has been an interesting exercise in how we read and how our understandings can shift or remain constant.  As a…

Not only a ‘Shepherd’s Life’

We spend a lower percentage of our incomes on food than ever but what we eat dominates the media, whether it be this year’s winner of The Great British Bake Off,  Tesco’s latest marketing rip off or the travesty of food wastage. Campaigning chefs such as Jamie Oliver have done much to raise our awareness…

A little dribble from Bryson

Cover of The Road to Little Dribbling

Bill Bryson has written some enjoyable books: Mother Tongue is an informed, witty introduction to the English language; Notes from a Small Island, some twenty years ago, was an amusing (if formulaic) homage to his adopted country of Britain. And he has legions of fans. I mean, this guy knows how to sell serious numbers of books. But…