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Book review: the role of technology in young people’s mental health

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the deteriorating state of adolescent mental health in modern society. Why have rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide risen so much?

Re-examining research between 2010 and 2015, he argues that as children’s freedoms declined, electronic gadgets and social media rushed in and young people escaped to a virtual world with limited connections to the real world.

This shift from free play to smartphones has, he argues, essentially rewired the brain. This is a fascinating read for parents and anyone involved in education and children’s welfare.

An enchanting, seductive novel set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, where having magical gifts should not be celebrated, but hidden.

Servant Luzia Cotado uses bits of magic to get through her days of endless toil. But when her mistress finds out, she demands that Luzia help her win over the royal court.

Seizing the opportunity to improve her own fortunes, Luzia embarks on a dangerous path, using all her wit and resilience to gain fame and hide the truth. Leigh Bardugo masterfully bends history to her story and keeps the reader captivated until the end.

Limited copies of the exclusive independent bookstore edition are available from Bridge Bookshop.

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