Though a ‘Review of Books’, the content of the articles in the magazine is by no means limited to literary analysis. The ultimate aim of the Review is to allow student writers to discuss the subjects they are passionate about, but which they may not have the opportunity to explore in the course of their academic studies. Interspersed with the longform articles is an eclectic range of poetry, short fiction, and diaries. Furthermore, each piece of writing is accompanied by a bespoke illustration, created by one of the many talented student artists in Cambridge.
The Cambridge Review of Books was launched in March 2020 at the University of Cambridge by students Ben Francis and Grace Warren. Their vision was to create a new type of student journalism in Cambridge focused on in-depth cultural engagement. Since its conception the magazine has had huge success, selling over 500 editions. The latest edition was published in Spring 2021 and we are currently working on our Summer 2021 edition.
As a termly magazine with a strong emphasis on the continued importance of print journalism, the Review provides a unique opportunity for student writers. Articles are commissioned on the basis of pitches submitted just before the start of each term and written specifically for that issue. This allows our writers to engage critically with their subject matter, and work closely with an editor to bring the best out of their work.