By Lucy Crawley Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a dystopian story, written in 1985 and set in the early 2000’s. The original novel is told through a first-person perspective, effectively conveying the deteriorating mindset of the narrator, Offred, that is inflicted by the harsh theocratic regime that the book focuses on. In 2017, the […]

Libraries around the UK are dropping fines for overdue books – and Sunderland may yet adopt a similar policy. Following a national trend commenced in 2018, which has seen around 60 UK authorities scrapping fines for overdue books, Sunderland City Council has confirmed it is monitoring the situation. A council spokesman told Spark: “We are […]

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