“Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

"Only amnesiacs have no regrets" is perhaps one of the most profound statements in Jean-Michel Guenassia's The Incorrigible Optimists Club. It holds particular relevance with the novel itself, as the club is made up of members who fled from behind the iron curtain, leaving jobs, wives and children behind them for the sake of their lives and … Continue reading “Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

Trains of Thought: or, How to Find Writing Inspiration on Public Transport

For anyone who has ever travelled on trains in Britain recently, it's quite difficult to see how inspiration for one of the most popular series of our time came while J K Rowling was sat on one. Was she not distracted by the screaming children? Or more concerned about whether or not she was on … Continue reading Trains of Thought: or, How to Find Writing Inspiration on Public Transport

“Genuinely Down and Out”- The Richness of Poverty in Literature

"If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, "I'm a free man in here"- he tapped his forehead -"and you're alright." Poverty in literature is the opposite of poverty in real … Continue reading “Genuinely Down and Out”- The Richness of Poverty in Literature

From Lagos with Love- Americanah’s Ifem and Obinze

The love between Ifemelu and Obinze in Chimananda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah, is the kind of love that everyone wishes they had. It breaks through the stereotypes that the romances of your youth are not built to last, and beyond that, through the hardships adult relationships face- distance, money, education, and status. Ifem and Obinze, in their … Continue reading From Lagos with Love- Americanah’s Ifem and Obinze