Book Review: Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Twenty years after the release of her Man-Booker Prize winning novel “The God of Small Things”, Arundhati Roy makes her fictional return with the much-anticipated “Ministry of Utmost Happiness”– and it does not disappoint. A novel with a non- sequential plot, multifarious characters and prose that is both breathtakingly powerful and absurdly funny. Roy weaves […]

Book Review: The Underground Railroad

American author Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” easily puts all other antebellum novels to shame. Published in 2016, it has since received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and The National Book Award. The story is centred around Cora, beginning in a horrific plantation where no slave is immune to all forms of violence. A […]

The Key to Understanding Syria’s Revolution Lies in Realising Nobody Does

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish For all the many hours of rolling news footage, thousands of articles, protests and debates, it’s hard to find someone who is sure they know, well, anything about Syria – and if you do manage to find a so-called expert, with all the keys to solving the puzzle of […]