When Raynor and Moth suddenly find themselves destitute, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Craving the great outdoors during lockdown? Here are five reads to help you virtually escape.
When Mr Darcy famously snubbed Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, he declared that she was: ‘tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me’. In other words he was saying that Elizabeth was good-looking but not quite good-looking enough for his liking. Austen's words were published in 1813 and times have certainly changed. The Cambridge … Continue reading Why the Word ‘Handsome’ Deserves a Renaissance
Who or what are we referring to when we refer to #Shakespeare? While his plays have survived for over four hundred years, unfortunately the details of his life have not. Is the concept of 'Shakespeare' a man or a myth?
Ever been disappointed by a 'classic' novel? I certainly have been. From Dickens to Austen, here are a few of my greatest gripes.
Despite the divisions of culture and time, there are clear parallels between Priestley and Joon-ho that are deeper than their socialist agenda. Both stories suggest that whereas the poor seek to make money, the rich seek to take it.
In no particular order, my five best reads of 2020 are: 1. The Five: the Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (published 2020) This incredible book pulls away archaic misconceptions pertaining to Jack the Ripper and his victims to communicate the truth about their identities. The Five is … Continue reading My Five Best Reads of 2020 and My 2021 Reading List
Mills and Boon produce a whopping 720 romantic novels a year. But can these books be considered 'literature'? I read 'Captain Rose's Redemption' to find out.
In 1859 George Eliot published her first novel. In the years that followed, Eliot rose to prominence with the novels Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss. 161 years after Eliot’s publishing debut, a project has launched with the intention of recognising female authors who originally published under male pseudonyms. George Eliot or Mary Ann Evans is among the women who are set to be recognised.
Often associated with the Gothic, vampires have ignited imaginations in many forms over many centuries. The longer that the vampire myth has germinated, the more fervently this mythology has embedded itself in popular culture and refused to die. Across history, vampires appear in various incarnations: but how does the vampire story extend from the brutal Hungarian ruler Vlad the Impaler to Christopher Lee in Hammer Horror and the glittery Edward Cullen in Twilight? And what do these variety of incarnations reveal about the living? In order to answer some of these questions, we are going to unearth the very birth of vampire stories.
From H.G Wells to Stephen King - more overlooked texts that should be adapted for film and TV.
1.‘Herland’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman For those interested in 19th century feminist literature, Gilmer is better known for her novella ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. ‘Herland’ is a science-fiction novel about a society exclusively led by women. Three men arrive in this female civilisation and the social dynamics change. Gilmore ends the novel on a cliff-hanger when … Continue reading Five Books that Should be Adapted for Film and TV
Poe’s memoir is a painful poetry of her life’s cosmos. Misdiagnosed and misunderstood, Poe details her journey to diagnosis and self-discovery.
Beowulf is back, but not as you know it. Headley’s translation is modern, fresh and radical yet captures the battle-cry of the traditional tale.
Last year the word ‘Jedi’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Alongside the popularity of 'StarWars', the last decade has seen a huge increase in mainstream popularity of science-fiction, with many classics such as 'Dune' and 'Foundation' being adapted for audiences. It’s official: science-fiction is no longer the domain of geeks. Science-fiction is sexy. But what is driving this popularity?
The White Witch is an iconic villain, appearing again and again throughout the Chronicles of Narnia as she attempts to thwart Aslan’s plans. But I wonder what version of events she would give in regard to Aslan and the children who came to claim Narnia for themselves. Is she truly a cruel ice queen?
Beard explores the absence of women in positions of power and the role that classical civilisations play in our understanding of leadership and authority.
‘Be positive’. It’s a modern mantra which promises the secret of living a life of happiness. But perhaps it’s time to drop this fashionable rhetoric. Here are five reasons why.
On this week, in 1888, Polly Ann Nichols was killed by Jack the Ripper. For over a century Polly, and the four other victims, have been narrated as ‘just prostitutes’. Rubenhold strips away the misogynistic Victorian narrative and 19th century fake news pertaining to these women, revealing their vivid, rich and devastating lives. Rubenhold reveals … Continue reading ‘The Five: the Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper’ by Hallie Rubenhold Review — Norwich Linguist
Groom’s book, published in 2018, gets its teeth into vampire mythology. Groom argues that these creatures were a unique product of the Enlightenment.