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Helen Charman
Helen Charman was born in 1993, and is currently writing a PhD thesis on maternity, sacrifice and political economy in nineteenth-century fiction. She teaches undergraduates at the University of Cambridge, and primary school children in Hackney.

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Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’

Book Review

October 2018

Helen Charman

Book Review

October 2018

Reading Sally Rooney’s second novel Normal People is a compulsive experience. After the navy blue Faber & Faber proofs were sent out in early...
Rendering intimacy impossible, deploy lifeboats (mark yourself safe) Not listening as such, more waiting to speak, above all mark yourself, it’s so important to be safe Carry on, they demand, we’re not reeling / we are reeling Is this the place for a fountain reference? Probably ‘What first attracted you to your wife, sir?’ ‘Her delicacy / her ankles / her hatred of the Tories’                  Alive twice over but that’s a whole life gone too                you know I’m sorry, he holds his hands up, I’m                sorry, he backs away: my conscience couldn’t                keep company with your body I say, your body?                it just made me think: it’s only a nine month stay   The next time you lay a hand on me, I’ll make a perfect gleaming dive into the Thames Aren’t you glad / to be here? I am
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November 2017

Helen Charman


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December 2016

The Giving Up Game

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

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December 2016

The peculiar thing was that Astrid appeared exactly as she did on screen. She was neither taller nor shorter....

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Issue No. 9

Ordinary Voids

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Issue No. 9

I am standing in a parallelogram of shrubbery outside London City Airport. Ed is twisting a dial on his Mamiya...

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December 2012

Confessions of an Agoraphobic Victim

Dylan Trigg

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December 2012

The title of my essay has been stolen from another essay written in 1919.[1] In this older work, the...

 

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