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23 July 2021

Seven twists on gothic tropes in Kelly Heard's new novel, The Woman in the Water

Something about the last year-or-so has really brought out the Gothic tendency in my writing. I blame COVID. It turns out that humdrum suburbia can take on quite a menacing, ...
23 July 2021

Writing a psychological thriller, by Claire Allan

Writing a compelling psychological thriller can seem very daunting when staring at a blank screen. In fact, when I stare at the blank screen as I start each and every ...
23 July 2021

Seven of the best books to come out in 2021

Books are, of course, one of the many ways we entertain ourselves, and this year (2021) has brought us some sensational books. From romances to thrillers, some books from 2021 ...
23 July 2021

A Day in the Life of Amanda Smyth, author of 'Fortune'

I’m up around 7am. These days I drink hot water and lemon, then feed our two cats. Milo is young and beautiful, and we bought him during lockdown. Mimi, our ...
22 July 2021

Author Caroline Hulse on 90s cultural nostalgia

I’ve been thinking a lot about nostalgia lately because my new novel, All the Fun of the Fair, is a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1996. I am ...
21 July 2021

Tomb Raider revisited: The film that put hope back into video game movies

Lara Croft is easily one of the best female protagonists of all time. Her games were brilliant (some better than others, of course), and her intelligent, no-quit attitude is what ...
20 July 2021

Marvel movies releasing in the next couple of years

Marvel Studios’ past 13 years have been sensational, with Iron Man (2008) starting up the Infinity Saga, and Avengers: Endgame (2019) ending it, with the Avengers and many other characters ...
17 July 2021

Staying optimistic after a global pandemic: Seven tips for keeping your sanity

Having recently made his career breakout role on a major studio film, New York celebrity makeup artist, Tim MacKay used his experience on the new Hulu film, Plan B, to ...
17 July 2021

Sinister Saturday: The case of Eric Harris, the 1999 Columbine school shooter

Many criminals have troubled backgrounds, and Eric’s school life didn’t seem so different. An angry individual and an outcast at school, Harris decided to take out his rage on those ...

16 July 2021

Professor Green designs floral bouquets encouraging men to gift flowers to their mates

When we think of picking up a bouquet of flowers for somebody, nine times out of 10, the recipient is a female. Exactly why that is, is quite the mystery. ...
16 July 2021

Seven TV shows you should be watching this July

It’s getting to that time of the year now where everyone is out enjoying the sun, and once it gets late and people start to wind down, the majority go ...
15 July 2021

Exclusive: Cricket player Amy Jones discusses new cricket competition, The Hundred

A new cricket competition, The Hundred, finally gets underway this year after Covid-19 forced the brand-new season to be delayed for a year. The tournament which includes both men’s and ...
15 July 2021

Meet the latest Bombshell headed to the Love Island villa who may cause tensions with Faye...

There may be fireworks about to go off in the Love Island villa, as latest Bombshell Andrea-Jane Bunker isn’t afraid to make a move on the men she finds attractive; ...
14 July 2021

The Purge revisited: A look back on the first ever instalment in the horror franchise

The Purge franchise began eight years ago in 2013, and has sparked three sequels and one prequel since. The series of films have become increasingly popular and, as The Forever ...

13 July 2021

Podcast Spotlight: Coupledom with Idris and Sabrina Elba

Audible have secured themselves another incredible Original podcast series, this time featuring Idris and Sabrina Elba. Coupledom will see the married duo delve into exactly what it is that makes ...
12 July 2021

Seven things I love about stories set in the past, by Ella Carey

To celebrate the release of Ella Carey's new book, The Lost Girl of Berlin, we asked the author to write us a piece on exactly what it is about stories ...
12 July 2021

Exclusive: Presenter Isa Guha discusses the online abuse those in the sporting spotlight face

Cricket presenter Isa Guha admits she has been affected by the abuse that has been directed at her on social media, as she suggests a change in cultural awareness may ...
12 July 2021

The Suicide Squad: Details and info on every character in Task Force X

With just a few weeks to go until the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, we’ve decided to take a look at the all-star roster of actors who are ...
10 July 2021

The seven best new and returning TV shows in July 2021

We may be nearly two weeks into July 2021, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen all that’s to come for the small box; not by far! Here, we take a ...
10 July 2021

Sinister Saturday: The Menendez family murders

There are, in many cases, a decent motive linked to those who commit sinister acts of violence against the ones they love. Sometimes it can be jealousy or anger, but ...

9 July 2021

Thank U, Next: How the Golden Age of Romcoms inspired our novel

Two-thirds of the way through writing our debut novel, The View Was Exhausting, we hit a serious and mildly catastrophic block: What was going to happen at the end? We ...
9 July 2021

Exclusive: Nikki Edgerton on raising money for Macmillan with the Heineken Race to the Castle

Nikki Edgerton is an active and energetic person, so it should be of no surprise that when she was diagnosed with cancer, she didn’t let it get her down, and ...
9 July 2021

Domestic Abuse: Five things I would tell my younger self

It’s almost impossible to know what advice I’d give to women going through a bad relationship because every situation is so different. They might not even know how toxic it ...
8 July 2021

How to craft a short story collection, by Jo Lennan

The short story represents a formidable tradition. Embark on writing a book of them and you follow in the footsteps of James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield and others.  At the same time, ...