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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the...
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Tony Williams, Northumbria University, Newcastle It’s safe to say that when Kristen Roupenian wrote Cat Person she did not expect it to end up trending on Twitter and in global news outlets, or that its...
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Good books to reads. How about an art or culture book? We have selected a number of art and culture books which would also make great personal gift ideas.   The Sellout by Paul Beatty This year’s...
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Vietnamese Art

What do we know about Vietnam? Obviously minds will draw associations with a place afflicted by a infamous war that focused the world's attention up until the 1970s. Vietnamese restaurants have become more popular...
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In Patagonia (Vintage Classics) Bruce Chatwin Beautifully written and full of wonderful descriptions and intriguing tales, In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin's travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast...
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My Unplanned Obsolescence

Chapter 2. Uncle Thom Cobbley – And All. I met Tommy Haslam in Slam Dunk – a funky, friday-night, polysexual, but mostly gay, male, black club on London’s Oxford Street – in the glorious summer of...
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Best Science Fiction Books

William Gibson’s classic 1984 kick ass sci-fi novel Neuromancer can be quoted in the same lofty margins of prophetic books from the last century which include Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s...
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Influence – Mystery Novel

Read the opening chapter of Influence the debut novel by Stuart Johnstone. Lizzie Dean is drawn into an occult murder mystery after the death of her friend. The police investigation is not progressing and Lizzie...
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“Cat in the Rain” Ernest Hemingway

There were only two Americans stopping at the hotel. They did not know any of the people they passed on the stairs on their way to and from their room. Their room was on...
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The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever Is.” - Eckhart Tolle Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind In the forty years since...