Razz’s Summer Reads

Your phone is in aeroplane mode, your best mate has started snoring on your shoulder after one too many airport cocktails, it’s the perfect time to grab a paperback and start your holiday off with the perfect novel. If you’re at a loose end with exams over, or just can’t face the graduate job search…

The Paddon Award 2018

Our university is bursting with artistic students, from those who are active members of music, drama and art societies to those who take a more personal and introverted approach to their art.  On Tuesday 27th March I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Paddon Award ceremony; a small, intimate event which recognises artistic talent…

In My Good Books: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

Acclaimed as the modern Hamlet, Ian McEwan reaches Shakespearean levels of genius in his recent novel, Nutshell. The first McEwan novel I read was Atonement, a timeless war-time romance that entranced me. Yet, McEwan has proved that he is unlimited in his ability to master every genre of literature. It is therefore unsurprising that The…

In My Good Books: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Last summer I was dragged to The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, in which the majority of the ancient art immensely bored me. However, this visit actually led me to one of the most unique and eerie books I have read. The Rijksmuseum is home to the intricate dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman, in which every ornament…

Books for your 2018 Bookshelf

For everyone looking to take a break this term with some non-course related reading, 2018 is set to be a very exciting year for new books. Here are five of the most hotly-anticipated releases that will be rolling off the presses over the next six months… Leni Zumas, Red Clocks (Harper Collins, January 2018) A…

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…