Books · Manga

Food Wars! by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki

Shokugeki no Soma, known in the UK as Food Wars! (QUICK READS 741.5952 TSU) has been serialised in Shonen Jump magazine since 2012. One of the longest-running manga magazines, ‘Shonen’ can be translated as ‘for boys only’ Can you identify the manga series advertised on the cover of Shonen Jump? We’ve spotted One Piece, Deathnote,… Continue reading Food Wars! by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki

Books · Graphic Novel

Maus by Art Spiegelman

How do you tell the story of a horrific event like the Holocaust? Artist Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for his graphic novel Maus: a Survivor’s Tale (NORFOLK HOUSE 741.5973 SPI), but he still isn’t sure he ‘gets’ it: “There’s so much I’ll never be able to understand or visualise (…) Reality is too… Continue reading Maus by Art Spiegelman


Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Netflix’ adaptation of Alias Grace (BOOK ZONE 823.91 ATW) premiers this week! Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood (and prompted by the recent success of The Handmaid’s Tale), the series will tell the story of real-life murderess Grace Marks and fictional ‘alienist’ Doctor Simon Jordan in six hour-long episodes. Author Margaret Atwood has a cameo… Continue reading Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Book Reviews · Books

Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan

Last year 11-year-old Marley Dias launched #1000BlackGirlBooks because she was fed up of reading about “white boys and their dogs”. It’s true that there are a lot of books about plucky young male adventurers and their loyal friends: Shiloh, My Dog Skip, Where the Red Fern Grows, Lassie Come Home, Bridge to Terabithia and (the… Continue reading Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan

Book Reviews · Books

Book Review: Some Assembly Required

Transgender issues are at the forefront of much debate at the moment, with the recent ban on trans people serving in the American military and the question of how access can best be provided to bathroom facilities for trans and non-gender-conforming people with the so-called ‘bathroom bills’ finding significant pushback from voters in America. Meanwhile,… Continue reading Book Review: Some Assembly Required