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In Summer 2013, a graduation speech given by the idiosyncratic novelist, short-story genius and children’s author George Saunders went viral.
Moving, vibrant and shot through with the kind of energy that isn’t quite like anything else, City of God is not only a gripping, indecently entertaining thriller and a coming-of-age story but an intimate look at life in a Brazilian favela where children both reign over their world and are crushe
Two Girls, Fat and Thin is the story of fat Dorothy and thin Justine.
An initially whimsical look into the lives of two Parisian Jewish girls born on the same day, from the awkwardness of childhood to the dullness and desperation of adolescence, Mina Tannenbaum has some serious points to make about women’s lives and the rifts that open up as we enter adulthood.
Yasujiro Ozu's film follows an elderly couple, Shukichi and Tomi Hirayama, as they visit their apparently disinterested children. It is only when they are in the company of their widowed daughter-in-law, Noriko, that they are shown any consideration or respect.
Alexander Masters’ book is a backwards biography of a homeless addict, Stuart Shorter, who lived on the streets of Cambridge. Tellingly, the backwards element was Stuart’s idea.