Run! It’s the ghost of Anne Brontë!

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As if one typo in a grave is bad enough, imagine five. FIVE! When Charlotte Brontë went to see her sister’s grave in St Mary’s churchyard, Scarborough, she ordered it to be refaced,… Continue reading

Zola. If anyone knew how to combine lust and public transport, it was him.

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La Bête Humaine is a very readable classic. It has an actual plot and everything. Adultery and murder ahoy! It also has a lot to do with trains, their engineering, maintaining, driving, and… Continue reading

The one in which Thomas Hardy sets fire to a cat

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I’m currently reading ‘Tess of The D’Urbervilles’ and it is the most infuriating novel imaginable. I keep having to take breathers and feverishly pace the room to dissipate my frustration at both the… Continue reading

Who fancies a trip to hell? – Yes, of course we can stop for snacks.

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At the beginning of Dante’s ‘Inferno’, Dante finds himself in a bleak wood, where he feels lost, alone, and he meets some quite frankly unhelpful animals. And we all know, animals in the… Continue reading

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

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Alain-Fournier’s masterpiece, ‘Le Grand Meaulnes‘, is a lyrical, melancholic ‘coming of age’ novel, which explores the crossing of the Rubicon between childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood. Like J.D Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye‘,… Continue reading

Faustian Tuition Fees

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Before I start, I need to say this. Christopher Marlowe died after being stabbed in the head. If it were a knife through a cheek, or an eye socket, that would surely be… Continue reading

How to do a 2015 book challenge without reading? (You have to be very crafty!)

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Maybe it’s just me, but 2015 seems to be the year of the book challenge. I love setting targets for the year, and I’ve seen some really creative and fun reading ones out… Continue reading

Reading Challenges Are Like Biscuits

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Come on, I can’t have just one. That would be wrong. More than a week into 2015, the year I was going to embrace challenges to help me read outside my zone, and… Continue reading

Cheating with the Greeks.

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Ok, I’ll ‘fess up, while I may be earnestly hacking at the rockface of Proust, I picked Sophocles’ ‘The Theban Plays’ to write about because I studied them at school. From the very… Continue reading

Misery Loves Company

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When it was published, reviewers said ‘Jeez, that’s one messed-up book’ (I’m paraphrasing there). It was the first adult classic I read. I was about twelve and didn’t understand large chunks of it,… Continue reading