Review of the Book Thief Movie

This is blatant Oscar bait without being Oscar-worthy. It takes superb source material, one of the most important books written for children in the last twenty years, and turns it into a white bread cucumber sandwich with the crusts cut off.

Review of “Two Brothers” by Ben Elton

Two Brothers by Ben Elton I don’t usually dip into historical fiction, as the writers often hide poor character-building behind supposed historical accuracy instead. Often the books are unreadable due to their saturation of research and lack of coherent plot or technical ability. But Two Brothers is not ruined by either of these things: instead…

The Bloomsbury Whitewash and other book cover issues

In a parallel argument to the ‘No Gays Please’ attitude to most YA texts, this week the Guardian discussed the whitewashing of book covers in order to prevent the cover harming the book sales. But Larbalestier believes the issues of “whitewashing” of covers, ghettoising of books by people of colour, and low expectations for these…