To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

My rating: 4.7/5.0

This book is an absolute classic, and a completely unmissable read. I read it before for my GCSE English Literature class, but being fourteen at the time I returned to it now, suspecting that it might mean slightly more to me six years later. And it did.

It’s heartbreaking, thought-provoking and totally page turning. I think I read it in the space of two days. The characters have such depth to them, and through the eyes of seven/eight year old Scout Finch (Jean Louise if we’re being formal!), they all come majestically to life. One thing that struck me is that I was still a little scared of Scout’s initial impression of Boo Radley! I guess the idea of an unseen phantom that one can’t put a face to is infinitely more terrifying than something you can quantify, hence the extensive imaginations of children.

Moving through the book and seeing the trial of Tom Robinson from Scout’s perspective makes it seem even more abhorrent. The innocence she has, which her brother Jem loses, becomes all the more precious in light of the outcome. One almost begins to detest the machinations of adults, purely because of the effect it has on children.

I cannot begin to this book justice here, but suffice to say that if you have no read it you must; and if you have read it, return to it, I almost guarantee you it will provide you with something new.

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Introducing The Mixtape

The Mixtape

 

Okay, so after a long break from this site I have decided to return. Thought it might be a good idea – certainly give me something to do over the Christmas Holidays from Uni!

Right… The Mixtape. This is a radio show I present on a Wednesday night in term time from 7-8pm on 87.7 Bailrigg FM. It’s a predominately music based show and every week I choose a theme that the show is going to revolve around. Examples of what we’ve had so far have been; ‘Ladies Who Rock’, ‘Golden Oldies’, ‘… At The Movies’ etc. Most of the themes are fairly loose, giving me scope to play as many requests as possible. Listener interaction is paramount for me so when I start posting themes on here – feel free to request songs in the comments! Remember they must be clean/radio friendly.

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