Saturday, 25 February 2012


The story of the Titanic is known worldwide, whether through James Cameron's emotion provoking film or a good old history lecture.

Beryl Bainbridge's Every Man For Himself does not delve into the romance of Jack and Rose, but follows Morgan's voyage across the seas and painstaking insight into love. Through his diary leading up to the Titanic's tragic end, we are given a look at 1912s elite circle with all of its glamour, glory and faults. 

Even with its inevitable ending, the novel entices you into the life of its characters and their relationships, a well deserved winner of the Whitbread Prize and Guardian Fiction Prize.


Tuesday, 7 February 2012


This is a story that has stayed with me since I first watched the film because it is simply beautiful, and the book is currently sitting on my book shelf just waiting to be read. It’s not a new film, released in 2007, so don’t expect to see it in cinemas. It is out on DVD however, so if you love a story of discovery and self will then this will be perfect for you… 
Sean Penn delivers a stunning landscape and emotional realm for his audience as director of Into the Wild. Inspired by a true story, we follow Chris McCandless’ (Emile Hirsch) journey to Alaska after he sends his $24,000 law college fund to Oxfam, and begins a life of the minimal. We see him struggle against his parents lavish lifestyle and through his travels as he fights against the odds to reach his goal, Alaska.
It is perhaps the touching relationships glimpsed along the way that set our emotions on play as we remind ourselves that these are in fact real, all told through a journal kept by McCandless throughout his journey. We have to respect McCandlesses’ family for their allowing the story to be told, as Penn does not hinder to show the truth of their lives.
This rawness that he captures propels the story because Penn does not try to make everything ‘pretty’ or hide us from reality. Instead we are heartbroken and smile all at the right moments, not because we feel obliged too, but because Penn allows the camera to drift over the landscape and across his actors’ faces so that we capture those moments of eye contact, those real smiles and laughs, and the true tears. 

Friday, 3 February 2012


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite novels, and I couldn’t be more excited for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation which will be released later this year! 
The story follows Nick Carraway in 1920s New York (Long Island) as he finds himself in a web of awe and intrigue over the lavish lifestyle of his neighbour, Jay Gatsby. Told through Nick’s own narrative some years after the events that take place, we become just as enveloped in the new world he enters. With love, mystery and obsession, it’s a story that will stay with you as you are taken back in time to an age of glamour.