When Raynor and Moth suddenly find themselves destitute, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
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.
From H.G Wells to Stephen King - more overlooked texts 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.
Elizabeth Wurtzel passed away earlier this year. She had acquired notoriety through the publication of her memoir ‘Prozac Nation’, an autobiography detailing the mental health struggles in her younger years. I decided now was a good time to read it.
When ‘Dracula’ was first published, it did not receive critical acclaim in the UK. Should we reconsider reception of Stephanie Meyer's 'Twilight' saga?
Miller’s moving and timely adaptation of Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ reimagines Achilles and Patroclus’ story as a romance strewn with the tragedy of destiny and war.
Why are the Bronte sisters so frequently paired with Jane Austen? Here are three reasons why we need to stop comparing 'Austen and the Brontes'.
I first read this when I was near to Alex’s age (15). I’ve revisited it half a lifetime later and, O my brothers, it was like real horrorshow. I've compiled an overview and introduction to this controversial and seminal novel.
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'.
Fitzgerald’s novel documents the loves and lives of wealthy New Yorkers during the 1920’s Jazz Age. You won’t ever truly get to the bottom of Nick, Gatsby or Daisy - but second reading is essential if you want to get anywhere.
T.H. White explores King Arthur’s younger years and the education that taught him how to rule.