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All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me

The internet is aflutter with excitement about Aaron Sorkin’s new television show, The Newsroom. All kinds of questions are being asked: how will Sorkin write a Republican protagonist? Where’s Bradley Whitford? Will The Newsroom air anywhere besides the US? Here’s what I’m asking: will it change lives? Because The West Wing changed mine. For a… Continue reading All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me

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5 British Books to Look Out For in the US in October

If there’s a theme to this month’s offering of British books being published in the US, it’s challenge. There’s the challenge of fighting the patriarchy. There’s the challenge of dealing with the internet and the surprising and sometimes dark world it opens up, and the challenge of imagining a world in which teen girls hold the… Continue reading 5 British Books to Look Out For in the US in October

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Help me make more Brit Lit things!

My main book blogging project this year has been compiling the Brit Lit blog. Every weekday, I summarise what’s happening in the world of British books and publishing. It’s been fun, and rewarding, and my to-be-read pile has grown exponentially. I’d love to expand the Brit Lit blog. I’d love to spend more time bringing… Continue reading Help me make more Brit Lit things!

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100 Must-Read Novels Set in London

There’s a reason cities are such fertile terrain for novels: they’re full to the brim with people, in all their variety. Rich, poor, hopeless or spurred by the dream that brought them to the city in the first place, they come from all over the world and speak many languages, many varieties of each of… Continue reading 100 Must-Read Novels Set in London