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.

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?

‘Orlando’ by Virginia Woolf Review

It’s incredible to think that this novel was published in 1928. To consider that this book, which abandons gender and age conventions, was penned at the same time P.G. Wodehouse was writing ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ is quite remarkable. Social niceties were no trivial matter in the 1920's - they were the mainstay of society. But Woolf abandoned all conventions both stylistically and thematically when she wrote 'Orlando'.

‘The Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker Review

Barker’s novel is set during the ten-year war that culminated in King Agamemnon sacking the city of Troy. It is ‘The Iliad’, but not as we know it. Unlike Homer’s story, ‘The Silence of the Girls’ recounts the war from the point of view of the women captured during the siege and questions the status … Continue reading ‘The Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker Review