A Christmas Tale: Reads to get you through the festive season

A short list of festive reads, most of which are candy for the brain, but after all, it’s Christmas! Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson I read Let It Snow last year during the Christmas holiday, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I had read John Green’s other,…

Books You Should Be Putting On Your Christmas List

‘Read widely and with discrimination, bad writing is contagious’ – P. D. James   Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro In my opinion Ishiguro’s best novel. The Nobel Prize winner’s darkly twisted tale of a strange boarding school in 90’s England is a powerful and deeply evocative story that makes it, though I deplore the…

Review: Home is Nearby by Magdalena McGuire

Recently published by Impress Books, a local Exeter publishing house, Magdalena McGuire’s debut novel also won their Impress Prize for New Writers in 2016, and is a captivating and powerful coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the twentieth-century Communist state. Telling the story of Ania, an art student in Wroclaw, McGuire’s novel paints a…

Razz’s Autumn Reads

Summer is well and truly behind us, but it appears we are only just beginning to embrace the new season. Yes, it’s time to stop posting Summer holiday throwbacks on Instagram and time to get excited about Autumn before the Christmas festivities are sprung upon us as prematurely as ever. For us students, this time…

Spooky Halloween Reads

When it starts getting dark outside at 14:30, it feels like the perfect time to crawl into bed and curl up with your pumpkin spice drink of choice and a good book. This selection features creepy thrillers and novels with supernatural twists ranging from the slightly eerie to the downright spooky to help get you…

Impress Prize for New Writers 2017 Winner

The winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers of 2017 has been announced and we at Razz want to congratulate Roberta H. George for her winning novel The Day’s Heat! “Set in the early sixties against the backdrop of impending national integration, the novel follows Lea James, a dark-skinned, Catholic, Lebanese girl who comes…

The Best Novels for University Students

Whether you’ve received a hefty reading list for your English Literature course, are in search of an insightful look into the human condition that can bulk up your conversation in seminars, or are just looking for a light read before the real work begins, here are the top novels you should poke your nose into…

Why You Should Join Razz Magazine

Are you a creative person with a passion for writing? Then Razz Magazine is the society for you to join. As Exeter University’s only Arts & Lifestyle magazine, our articles cover theatre, music, literature, baking, travel, and fashion pieces. Whatever your interests are, we are bound to cater to them. We always want to hear…

Feature: Margaret Atwood’s Book Reading, Hag-Seed

St Mary’s Church, Bathwick, is a beautiful building. Not, however, where one would expect to be directed if they were going to a book reading. Nestled in a corner of the Roman town, the church exudes the knowledge of its age: it is, after all, of medieval origins. This proved the perfect backdrop for a…

Batman Countdown

In honour of the recent onslaught of Batman related movies and media (with the Lego Batman movie being the best out of all of them, nobody can convince me otherwise), here’s a short list of collected editions of Batman comics you can find at  Waterstones, and which ones are worth checking out. Because we all…

Winter Poetry Collection

Here is a collection of poetry written by students at the University of Exeter, all inspired by the theme of ‘winter’. Thank you to the Dead Poet’s Society for a lot of these contributions. This is in addition to the two poems selected in our print magazine which were Bebe Ashley’s “the water will take…