Wide Sargasso Sea

Rating: 4/5 This book lives on my bookshelf, in a case, with a plaque underneath: ‘A Modernist Triumph of Femme Freedom’. In 1969, Jean Rhys published Wide Sargasso Sea, a prequel and intervention to Jane Eyre, much like the prequel and intervention of my flatmate telling me I am cunty vomitty person the day after a party. However, where my flatmate sets a house on fire, Rhys burns it to the ground. This novel deconstructs the...

Open Air, Still Life

If you’re new to art history and can’t tell your Rembrandts from your Renoirs or your Monets from your Manets — no stress, it’s all good. But you’d probably benefit from learning the name Frances Hodgkins, who was one of our country’s most famous artists and a pretty rad chick all round. Working in the first half of the 20th century, Hodgkins used wild colours to portray abstracted, collage-style landscapes and...

A Street Cat Named Bob

Rating: 4/5 James Bowen sits playing guitar and singing “Beautiful Monday” in a busy Covent Garden street. People are walking past this homeless man, but no one looks at him, he seems invisible. Then Bob, the cat, enters his life and things start to change. It is actually James’s social worker, not the feline, who gives James his first real chance in life by getting him into state housing. But what we should really thank her...

Gold

Rating: 3.5/5 The latest flick featuring our shirtless cowboy, Matthew McConaughey, has an almost disturbing difference to the toned Texan we grew accustomed to in Magic Mike. Set during the decline of mineral mining, Gold is loosely based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X mining scandal, where a large gold deposit was allegedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. For legal reasons, and to enrich the plot of the film, this storyline was set...