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Ikrah Iqbal

The Dangers of Targeted Advertisement

In 2010, a radical new idea that revolutionised the way we interact with the internet took off. This came to be known in recent years as targeted advertising.  In essence, it is a sophisticated method of advertising where large marketing…

The Poppy War

The Poppy War is one of the most impressive dark fantasy debuts I have ever read. From the outset, Kuang introduces us to a morally complex character-Fang Runin, known simply as Rin. What initially begins as a stereotypical novel of…

A Lonely Walk

It was a dull, grey evening with a sky that threatened rain. The morning had been cold and wet with a brisk wind that swept the rain across the land. I sat in the corner shivering like the sails on…

Atonement

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McEwan’s most notable novel ‘Atonement’ journeys the reader through a blossoming and rather brusque romance between an aristocratic Cecilia Tallis and the labouring Robbie Turner. The novel is split into four parts which develop the complex character narrative structure through…

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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This text is a historical  bildungsroman focalised through the two central protagonists- Maryam and Laila. The plot centres around how, together, these female protagonists overcome the tyrannical rule of their husband Rasheed within a political landscape in Afghanistan that is…

Press Play

Stuck staring at our electronic screens emitting blue light When we can only recollect the time before, which has faded into a sepia light.  Only memorable if we try to remember it. The only time it’s ok to be stuck…

Pulse

The sea began to harvest its once-dormant strength. The tranquillity of it appeared hazy like a long lost dream. Presently, the torrent waves were gripping the seafloor and hurling themselves along the cliffside. Barraging waves pulsed back and forth amidst…

Paranoia

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The spectral darkness of that night would never escape my memory. It still endured the paranoic crypt-quiet. Steadily, I crept along the jungle path paved by the heaving wind as the hollow sound of wildlife surrounded me. Rustling leaves began…

How to write a creative story

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List technical words that may be significant. These could be adjectives or nouns which add a sense of sophistication to your story. List punctuation and linguistic devices that you will use and check them off once you’ve used all of…