Why the Word ‘Handsome’ Deserves a Renaissance

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

My Five Best Reads of 2020 and My 2021 Reading List

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

Should George Elliot’s Books be Republished Using her Real Name?

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.

Things that go Bite in the Night: a History of Vampires in Storytelling

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.

Five Books 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

Rise of the Robots: the Increased Popularity of Science Fiction

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 Five: the Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper’ by Hallie Rubenhold Review — Norwich Linguist

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