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The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells | Review

What happens when the Mother who left returns to her family after a substantial amount of time? And what happens to the Mother who stayed in her place? These are only a handful of questions that Virginia Macgregor raises in her utterly wonderful second novel 'The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells'. Rooted in the importance of family and maternal bonds, it follows the story of Norah, returning to her home on the fictional Willoughby Street and facing her turblant teenage daughter, her bewildered husband and her conflicted best friend/rival.

   The writing is so sharp yet comforting, Macgregor easily taps into the many personas that cover the novel, ranging from young Willa obsessed with family unity and foxes, to the family dog Louis who simply wants to protect those he loves from danger. From this, we witness a family begin to come apart as slowly as you turn the pages, every conversation is completely absorbing and bursts with the same charm and familiarity as 'What Milo S…

Review | Deadpool

Glaring into the camera after mercilessly executing a barrage of gun-wielding goons, Deadpool sniffs the fresh smoke from his gun, sighs and exclaims to the audience "Oh, I'm touching myself tonight." This fresh, self-referential humour is exactly what Deadpool intends to showcase, as opposed to the meaty and tiresome Marvel adventures of late. Ryan Reynolds isn't just 'playing' Deadpool, he IS Deadpool through and through. He swears, has sex, is known for breaking the fourth wall, cracking jokes in the blink of an eye and always maintains a filthy sense of humour that will be familiar to the die-hard fans of the character. It's a shame however, that the film often gets bogged down with an origin story that it intentionally trying to parody.
   The film begins with the famous "Merc with a mouth" already in full suit, slicing and dicing his way to a man he only refers to as 'Francis', before the meta humour kicks in and he's telling us…

A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

This morning, I read the last 20 pages of Hanya Yanagihara's 'A Little Life' and I still find myself dwelling over the horrendous nature of the story and its many disturbing factors. The book spans over a long 700 pages, revolving around a group of friends, Jude, Willem, JB and Malcom, from their twenties to their fifties residing in an alternate version of America, though the characters change and grow older, the world around them stays questionably fixed. Importantly, through the tragedy of the central character, Jude St. Francis, one finishes the novel with an incredible outlook on the very essence of what it means to be human, how we can be made to suffer and to simply exist.

   Written in dense, and often complex, prose, Yanagihara takes her time in establishing the four characters and the social circle they create within themselves, which makes for an incredibly slow start. But by the final act of the novel, you instantaneously recognise why this was done. Yanagih…