Author Archives: Stuart Smith

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo My rating: 4 of 5 stars The setting and magic system are both good here. This is the perfect introduction to Ravka, and to the way the whole Grisha society works. Alina – lead … Continue reading

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is an excellent fantasy. Set in an intricate quasi-Early Modern world where Eastern and Western cultures exist in what turns out to be an … Continue reading

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What is British Nationality?

The Acts and Treaties – the very fundamentals of the Union of Great Britain – did not extinguish the four nations. They remained active in history, culture, law and fact, and – crucially – each nation retains the sovereign right … Continue reading

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A Once-in-a-Century Pandemic

We all had plans for 2020. And then a global health pandemic happened. Nearly a year ago, life as we knew it began to change. From work to school to home, almost every aspect of daily life took a hit. … Continue reading

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We need to create a caring economy

Across the planet we are going through a shared experience like no other. But, for some people it’s been very different and for those where the economy wasn’t working for them before have suffered even more. Women, ethnic minorities, precarious … Continue reading

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