The Doctor’s Precious Creature – “Hell Bent” reviewed

One of the pleasures of fan fiction is the opportunity to rework the conclusions of story arcs that we find deeply unsatisfactory. Stephen Moffat gets to do this in canon, and very publicly. He’s particularly fond of re-imagining some of Russell T Davies’s most enraging storylines, and does so with audacity and style. The most… More The Doctor’s Precious Creature – “Hell Bent” reviewed

Atticus Finch Dethroned

There are complicated books, and there are simple ones. Both can be great, but the simple ones are often remembered more fondly. Although it is important that thoughtful people write, and read, about human nature in all its ambivalence and complexity, offering us nuanced and realistic portraits of character in the great Russian realist mode,… More Atticus Finch Dethroned

The Price of Knowing What Happens Next – or the dilemmas of a school librarian

I will shortly be coming up to my 15th year as a primary school librarian. It’s a job I very much created and developed ex nihilo, and I think it would be interesting to reflect on how it has changed in that period of time. When we began, with £400 worth of books from the… More The Price of Knowing What Happens Next – or the dilemmas of a school librarian