Article: Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel?

In this article published in The Guardian to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, famous writers make the case for different novels, and even juvenilia.  It is indeed ‘a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the greatest English novelists’ (The Guardian, 2017); however, it could be argued that not all … More Article: Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel?

Shakespeare 400

It is perhaps difficult for some people to understand why we are making such a big fuss of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A friend of mine from the Middle-East asked me with a look of incredulity and amusement, ‘Are you celebrating 400 years after he died? What’s the point?’ My first reaction was … More Shakespeare 400

Article: Mordor, he wrote

Stuart Jeffries discusses the influence of the Black Country in the work of J.R.R Tolkien, especially in the creation of Mordor. The author explores how the ‘steelworks and blast furnaces of the West Midlands inspired The Lord of the Rings. Read The Guardian article here