This little book was an unexpected finding and a lovely gift from my son. It is based on the same principle that led Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman to create Shakespeare in Love. In a certain way, it is a literary manifestation of a concept that Marvel has brought into the movies by creating a … More Monstrous Little Voices
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?
Ruin is book three of the Faithful and the Fallen Series by John Gwynne. I had been waiting for the paperback version for over a year and it didn’t disappoint. Events unfold in the God War and, contrary to the previous two books, much and many are now lost. The plot twist at the very … More ‘Ruin’ by John Gwynne
C.J. Samson’s alternative historical novel is a disturbing tale that puts political decisions in perspective and may help us understand how things that at the moment may seem just like power struggles within parties that only touch the fringes of our everyday lives can be in fact of capital importance to define who we are. … More ‘Dominion’ by C.J. Samson
There is something particularly moving in Gaskell’s writing and in the way she gives us an intimate view of the lives of women at a historical period when the world was changing so fast and so decisively as never before due to the Industrial Revolution and the consolidation of capitalism. Cranford is a good example … More ‘Cranford’ by Elizabeth Gaskell